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Lakeside Living in Como, Italy

Chances are, you’ve heard of Lake Como. You might even associate it with George Clooney. But Italy’s most famous lake has been a hot spot long before Dr. Ross bought a villa on its shore. Como is the largest town on the lake, and where we spent most of your day during our day trip from Milan. The lake’s namesake is one of the closest lakeside towns from Milan which makes it a popular anchor point for anyone wanting to visit this famous destination.

When we weren’t cruising around the lake or taking a funicular to get a bird’s eye view, we were walking around this charming Lombardy town. Like most Italian cities, the Duomo is a popular site and in this case, Como Cathedral is considered one of the most important buildings in the region. It is also considered the last Gothic cathedral built in Italy. In the early 1400’s, a frog was sculpted in the door on the northern side of the Cathedral. According to legends, touching this frog will bring you good luck. As you can see below, Aiden had a pretty hard time touching it (being the shorty that I am, I didn’t even try to reach it).

Como wouldn’t be an Italian town without its charismatic streets and inviting squares. Just wandering around aimlessly and finding little pockets of cute cafes and bright flower shops was satisfying to me. What makes Como and all the towns around the lake so special is when you’re walking around and the street opens up to a view of the blue water surrounded by the Italian Alps. I can totally see why George Clooney bought a villa on this lake.

We grabbed lunch at a restaurant by the shore and ate our pizzas while staring out at the lake. I seriously didn’t want to leave. The weather was perfect, the scenery was perfect, and the company was the best in Europe. While I would have loved to explore more of the region and other towns on Lake Como, our day was about to turn into a pumpkin and we needed to get back to Milan.

A weird side story: While in Como, we were walking around and passed by a group of moms talking in the middle of the pedestrian street with their babies in strollers. This lady and her daughter walked by and the lady took a picture of one of the babies. The mom of the baby freaked out (I heard the altercation before I saw it) and immediately made the lady delete the picture from her phone. I was shocked, I couldn’t believe that lady actually took a picture of someone else’s baby! She totally did it innocently, but still. We were in one of the most beautiful places in Europe… and you take a picture of a random baby? Awkward.

What’s your favorite lakeside town?

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