Getting to Lake Como
|The Temple dedicated to Alexander Volta
Admission E 30 per person
|The train station on the right and the town on the left|
Lake Como as you can see from the map is a tripodal lake with Como at the left leg, Bellagio in between the two legs and Lecco on the right leg.
Since we had Wow Dinga in tow, we wanted to keep our trip simple and hadn’t made any plans on what we’d do once we reached Como. That I realised was a big mistake.
|The dancing fountains in the public park
which provided so much relief
from the pelting sun
Even if you are traveling with an infant, it would do you good to check out the stuff that one can do and how to go about doing it just incase everything falls into place. Because Como is not one of those places where you can ask anyone anything because no one understands English and all the information is available in Italian.
While all travel sites recommend several activities like visiting the Silk Museum, taking a boat ride, walking along the many treks, visiting the Cathedral, visiting the local museum, we did the most obvious and simplest which was walking around the lake side in a beautifully laid out park where we stopped for a hot dog and water. We then wandered around to the Volta Temple dedicated to a son of the soil Alexander Volta who invented the electric battery. We also walked through an interesting memorial dedicated to the resistance to WW2 and finally made our way to the Funicular on the other side of the lake. If you have limited time as we did, I would suggest you take take the road to the right as soon as you get out of the train station and walk into the town for a quick see of what Como is all about.
Also don’t think that the top of the mountain is all there is at Brunate. There is a fountain dedicated to the 6 time winner of the Tour de France winner from this region. Obviously worth seeing since it predates winning by doping. There are plenty of trails to walk down
|We were the last to get onto the train and had no option
but to sit out front. It turned out the best view ever!
|The famous funicular to Brunate which is a fantastic experience!
Tickets cost E5.25 for a return ride with rides starting from 6 am
Then make your way down the waterfront to the Funicular, go up for a ride, have lunch , wander a bit before coming down and taking a boat ride to Bellagio. This is a two hour ride one way so make sure you have four hours to spare for this trip. For details on how to get there, do visit this website.
Unfortunately we had to cut short our visit to Lake Como and forgo the boat ride because it was beastly hot. Since two gelatos each did nothing to cool us down we decided to take an earlier train back home.
We went to the station prepared to give a long explanation and ready to beg for a seat but were pleasantly surprised when a young girl behind us in the queue offered to translate our problem to the obdurate ticket vendor and were even more shocked when we found that we could use those same tickets for an earlier train ride!