I already miss Lago di Como and the sunny mornings I spent together with my mother drinking a superlative cappuccino at an outdoor table, at a fine vantage point from which we could watch the city streets of Como spring to life.
Over the Easter weekend, I drove down to Como for a quick getaway with her. We had been planning it since the beginning of the year and were excited to get some tan down in the sunshine region.
I’ve never visited Lake Como, so I’d been really wanting to make a trip there, especially with my mum, as she loves the Italian culture and style. The two of us headed down early on a Friday morning and had no official plans other than our apartment booking, which allowed us to really just go with the flow and relax. I always have the best time with my mum. We had so much fun just popping into cute Italian shops, walking around the beautiful bougainvillea filled streets, having pizza and dessert for dinner, taking silly pictures and just relaxing.
I packed lots of fun pieces for our trip, like this plain white Massimo Dutti shirt dress (here). I’ve found some other beautiful options from their new collection here and here. Como and its surrounding is filled with color, from the eclectically decorated villas, to the blossoming corners and all the details in between. There is no lack of character here!
Although, I’m back home now, I thought I would share my short list for those of you that may be visiting Lake Como for a long weekend or getaway. Keep reading to see what topped my list…
There’s no finer way to greet the day than a morning run along Como’s sparkling waterfront. Start in Como city by the Monument of Alessandro Volta – a local physicist whose name should ring a bell – the gentleman who invented the electric battery, and follow the lakeside promenade westward. Shortly after 5 km you’ll reach Cernobbio. Then head up via Via Regina, direction Menaggio, and you’ll experience amazing viewpoints of the rising sun. You can also start your day with renting a bike and simply cruise around the Lake.
I love running in my Asics (here). You can find them in all sorts of colors that perfectly blend with your running outfit. If you’re looking for a comfortable jogging outfit then I would definitely go with the NIKE sleeveless T-shirt (here) and pants – there’s plenty of options.
But that’s enough exercise for the day – so, it’s time for a reward from Gelateria Lariana, an artisanal shop scooping homemade gelato in mouthwatering flavors like pistacchio di Bronte.
At Noon on the Water
After your bike ride, a lazy afternoon is best spent aboard on a boat or a slow ferry that floats past villas and small villages clinging to the water’s edge. After a couple of hours of cruising, make a stop in Varenna a postage-stamp-size town hugging the lake’s eastern shore. When there, don’t miss out Villa Monastero, a former monastery and noble’s residence.
Max Mara Weekend, my Italian love brand, was one of my favorite shops that I discovered on my last visit in Italy and I’ve been following them on Instagram ever since. They have the best selection of casual to elegant street wear. I picked up this amazing basket bag laced with a scarf while there.
My mum also found what she needed at A.Gi.Emme. This exquisitely stylish store has classics that will never go out of style, like soft cashmere cardigans, tailored wool blazers and cozy scarves that are chic antidotes to chilly lake breezes. We can’t wait to visit their other shop in Como when we’re there in July!
Aristocratic Aperitivo at 7pm
After a bike ride, boat tour or shopping take a break at Como’s sparkling waterfront. Why not enjoy a cocktail or dinner at Villa d’Este, a supremely sophisticated villa in the charming town of Cernobbio. Enjoy the sunset by sipping Campari at the storied hotel’s Bar Terrazza and nibbling on olives in the shade of ancient chestnut trees, while watching boats cruise past.
Before we knew it, we were packing up and driving to Lugano before heading home. It was a short but sweet trip and one that left me wanting to explore more of Italy! So, next on my list is the Italian coast – starting with lovely Portofino!