Tuesday we took our first 'day off' to explore Italy in the first week we were here. We kept it a little simpler and headed about an hour north of Milan to Lake Como.
(my first time attempting photostitch. It's not perfect, but it gives you an idea!)
I wasn't anticipating it as excitedly as I have other Italian sites - I didn't know much about the Lake, what there was to see or do, or how long we'd want to spend there.
A rapid service ferry took us to the town of Bellagio, at the mid point of the lake. Its one of the larger lakeside towns to visit.
Needless to say, it is charming and the views were stunning. The lake is surrounded by mountains on both sides. We were there at the prime time so the weather was just gorgeous (but it was also not too busy on a weekday)
We ate pasta and seafood on the lakefront while enjoying this view
and then went for a stroll
The day was too short, but it was definitely a worthwhile visit!
(also for those wondering...the ferry did not take us past George Clooney's Lake Como home, sadly)