Lake Como Tour: itineraries and tips

The Lake Como is one of the places in our country renowned worldwide and tourists throughout the year who appreciate what abroad is called “Lake Como”

What I suggest in this post are some points and tips for a short tour of Lake Como with itineraries and tips.

#How to move

To turn the lake you can choose whether to use the car, but be careful because during the summer due to traffic and small spaces for parking in small villages the choice could be counterproductive while the bike is better suited to establish a direct relationship with the fresh lake air.

I feel, however, to suggest an additional means which is the boat , so you will have no problem with traffic or parking but especially you can admire the beautiful villas that overlook the lake while browsing.

For more information on the seasonal timetables and the different types of tickets, I leave the link to the site of the Navigazione Laghi Management 

# Como-Bellagio-Argegno-Pigra

To get to Bellagio I suggest you take one of the first hydrofoils of the day from Como (make a few stops with respect to the boat) so as to be at your destination in the middle of the morning. In this way you will have the chance to see the country with fewer tourists.

Directions to reach Bellagio -> Google Maps

Once you arrive at your destination head south, a few hundred meters you will find the entrance to the garden of Villa Melzi d’Eril , the variety of arboreal species is impressive. The advice is to visit the spring when the park is in full bloom and the bright colors contrast with the green of the meadows and the deep blue of the lake.

After visiting the garden, return to the town and look for the famous Salita Serbellonithat leads to the upper part of the town with shops and restaurants. Here you can have a quick snack and then continue a few hundred meters to the north in the direction of Punta Spartivento, or the point where the two branches of the lake come together , the place is very suggestive, you will find a restaurant and a small garden where you can relax a bit’.

In the early afternoon take the boat, the one that makes all the stops, so you can admire more closely the mountains that line the lake, the villages that cling to the afternoon light and the villas that become the protagonists of the landscape.

In Tremezzo you can see the splendid Villa Carlotta with its majestic garden to continue immediately with the sobriety of the luxurious Grand Hotel Tremezzo and its swimming pool in the lake. Subsequently you will divide the promontory of Lenno on which stands the splendid and renowned Villa del Balbianello, owned by the FAI, which stands on the tip of the promontory between wisteria and ancient trees.

Once you arrive at the village of Argegno head immediately to the church overlooking the lake, behind it a few tens of meters along the main road you find the funicular, less famous than the one that leads to Brunate, and climbs up to the small village of Pigra .

These are the directions to reach -> the funicular 

From here start several trekking routes, but what I recommend is to follow the belvedere, after a short walk in the woods you will come to admire a beautiful view from about 600 meters above the lake, from the promontory of Lenno to the island Comacina and villages of the opposite bank Lezzeno and Nesso.

What to see in Brescia in a weekend

Let’s start with the discovery of the city with an itinerary that will allow you to visit the 5 most interesting places for a weekend to discover the high-light of this city.

Brixia. Archaeological Park of Brescia Romana 

The archaeological site of Brixia, the ancient name of the city in Roman times, is the first place to visit in the weekend. In fact, together with the forum and the city theater , it represents the most important complex of ruins and remains of Roman public buildings in northern Italy.

Here are the remains of the buildings related to this period and that pass on the deeds of the Celtic tribe that in 225 BC makes an alliance with Rome to prepare for war against the Gallic peoples that raged in northern Italy.

The temple was brought to light only in the 1800s thanks to the intervention of the commune that made the ruins resurface in their splendor. Inside the Capitolium, the most evocative monument, you can admire the floors made of colored marbles that form different motifs and geometric figures.

Precisely the Capitolium was the subject of a particular restructuring work that started from a very in-depth knowledge of it to allow its archaeological and architectural recovery, enhancing it in a complete way.

Opening time

The Archaeological Park can be admired every day, except Monday, observing the following times: from October 1 to June 15 -> 9.00-18.00, Thursday extension until 22.00 and from 16 June to 30 September -> 10.30-19.00, Thursday extension up to 22.00. Admission 8 euros.

Useful links

From the official website of the Brescia museums >> Bresciamusei – the archaeological park

How to get to the archaeological park with >> Google Maps

See the Santa Giulia museum

As soon as you leave the Archaeological Park, the second mandatory stop is at the Santa Giulia museum.

It is one of the most interesting museums of our peninsula and is located within the Longobard Monastery of S. Salvatore – S.Giulia, from 2011 UNESCO World Heritage Site together with Brixia Archaeological Park of Brescia Romana (serial site: Longobardi in Italy: places of power 568 – 774 AD).

Its history is very ancient and dates back to the year 753, the year from which numerous testimonies of the history of Brescia were collected.

The most important works are the reflection of different eras, for example the beautiful statue ” La Vittoria Alata”   testimony of the Roman age, was so appreciated by Napoleon third, who wanted a copy, now exposed to the Louvre museum.

Entering the museum you will end up walking among the  Domus dell’Ortaglia  of Roman times.

The Basilica of San Salvatore within the complex is one of the few surviving examples of Lombard architecture and is in good condition.

Do not miss the frescoes of the Coro delle Monache in the Longobard church recalls the Renaissance age.

Fidenza: what to see, what to do and what to taste.

Italy is the country of “typicality” that make cities, regions and places of our peninsula real discoveries. And between a country and the other that my passion leads me to explore, today I would like to take you where the Emilian heart beats: Fidenza to be seen and tasted.

l food

Fruit of the tradition and of territorial and climatic peculiarity, in this area the Parmigiano Reggiano is born . A unique and inimitable cheese, an Italian pride. And in this area it is possible to visit the dairies that produce it with the possibility to taste the Parmigiano Reggiano directly from the producer.

Moved by this curiosity, I visited the Ciaolatte company , certified organic for twenty years. Here they tell me that you can grow without pesticides or fertilizers, that for cows do not need antibiotics but I think that besides this, is the passion of those who take care of all the steps of this chain that allows you to get with love for the product, the legendary Parmigiano Reggiano loved and exported all over the world.

How to get to the company – Ciao Latte

Important appointments #borgofood

From October 5th to 9th in Fidenza, local flavors are celebrated between music and tradition. Dozens of events linked to the Emilia-Romagna agro-food tradition with more than 200 exhibitors and 350 products, show cooking, shows and meetings with producers, shows and music.

Last weekend I attended waiting for #Borgofood, it was a taste of the big party in early autumn. Among the stalls of typical local products you can breathe the scents of a land guarded by the dedication of the producers.

Architecture: the Duomo of Fidenza

It is banal to say that Fidenza is a city of art and culture or that it is the major center of the province after Parma. It is more interesting to know that it rises along the Via Francigena where pilgrims sit on the steps of one of the greatest jewels of architecture Romanesque – Po Valley: the Duomo of Fidenza .

The 5 most beautiful beaches in Italy

Finally summer, the season that many of us, including myself, wait all year. Here it is, in a moment it is here and in this season made of travel I would recommend an exclusive 20% coupon between the various Groupon discount codes  of, so you can save a little bit on your holidays. Are you ready to discover the five most beautiful beaches in Italy? 

With its transparent waters and its very white pebbles, Tonnarella is one of the wonders of the Zingaro Nature Reserve, the first Sicilian reserve established in 1979.

Cala dell’Uzzo is paradise as I imagine it, uncontaminated and completely surrounded by lush nature and very far from the noise of the city. The beach is small, intimate, about 150 meters along which white pebbles shine in the sun. Swimming in this crystalline water conveys a strange sensation, it seems almost to fly for the clarity of these waters.

Here in the Zingaro Nature Reserve from San Vito lo Capo to Castellammare del Golfo, there are seven kilometers of parkland along which you will find, as in a precious necklace, another six beautiful bays: Cala dell’Uzzo, Cala Marinella, Cala Beretta, Cala del Varo and Cala Caprera.

How to get? Here are some -> directions 

2: Arco Magno – San Nicola Arcella – Calabria

This is a special place, not reachable by car, a place that you must earn step by step or at most with a   pedal boat. It can be reached on foot from the nearby and equipped beach of the Arco Magno ( where it is located ) with about 15 minutes of walking along a beautiful path or south, from the parking near the Bar Furano using the iron ladder nearby. 

To say that the beach is Caribbean is obvious and inaccurate, the Magno arch and its beach are much nicer.

The place is characterized by a rock arch, where a crystalline sea enters whose depth is visible at more than five meters of depth. This beach is another Italian treasure that I wish to discover sooner or later, if you have not already done so.

3: Cala Mariolu – Sardinia

In this list could not miss the beautiful Sardinia with its blue sea and its priceless natural treasures. Surely, one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy is Cala Mariolu.   A pearl of the Gulf of Ortisei, located in the central-eastern coast of Sardinia. Composed of white and pink pebbles, this is also a very intimate beach, as the English would say, secluded.

If you like me bored to spend hours sunbathing, I recommend a dip in the blue, indeed, in a real painting of colors. Since I put on the snorkeling mask and I dived, I spent hours exploring the seabed and the marine life belonging to the fragile ecosystem of our beaches.

4: Marina Grande, Positano – Campania

Surely the beautiful beaches in the area of ​​Positano are not lacking, in fact, but if I had to choose one, Marina Grane is undoubtedly my favorite. From here the view of the hundreds of colorful houses that characterize the stupendous village of Positano, make everything even more magical and unique.

The beach is almost 250 meters long, surrounded by a crystal clear sea, it is one of the most famous of the Amalfi coast.

In Marina Grande there is no shortage of bathing establishments where you can find every comfort and maybe rent a kayak for a wonderful excursion on a coast that you discover step by step, in fact, paddling after paddling.

5: Torre dell’Orso – Melendugno – Puglia

Even Puglia, as it should be, has had a place on this list. Salento is dotted with beautiful places, it is certainly not just my personal opinion since beauty is not subjective.

In its immaculate transparency, I present the beautiful Torre dell’Orso whose beach stretches for almost a kilometer between two cliffs from where you can admire the famous faraglioni called “The Two Sisters”.

But it is the fine sand and the pinewood behind the dunes that frame this place giving postcard shots.

5 things to do in Lignano

Do you know the bucket list? It’s simply a list of dreams, goals and things to do before … it’s too late. I believe in the usefulness of a “wish list”; it is a way to live life to the fullest without wasting time, with the motivation to achieve your goals.

Taken from the desire of summer, I decided to create my personal list of the ten things to do at the seaside in a weekend and I chose Lignano Sabbiadoro as a destination especially for what it has to offer.

1: Try the Sup

I’ve always liked new sports, or at least new ones. After watching some videos on YouTube of beautiful girls who nimbly rowed over a table, I decided to try it too, is called Sup. No, it is not the typical soup of Lignano Sabbiadoro, SUP stands for stand up paddle, a species d crossing between the canoe and the surf.

The long beach of Lignano offers numerous possibilities to rent windsurfs and boards from Sup, how can you not take advantage of it? The Adriatic Sea last week was a table, there were no waves that disturbed me and after some attempts to find the balance I was able to stand on the table. What is felt is the complete sense of freedom, the ability to move easily in water and explore, pushing ever further.

The facilities that offer this experience ->

Here, I expected to hear the air pockets, to fall into the water, be afraid of you. None of this: you start sitting behind a motorboat, when the parachute swells in a moment, you take the flight, without jolts, without loss of altitude, you just get up to 30 meters. From there the view over Lignano is nothing short of, as well as exciting, truly spectacular.

Here is some information on the facilities that offer -> this experience

3: A kayak ride

Kayaking is one of the sports that I prefer for the opportunity to see in complete freedom areas not accessible by other means. Not far from Lignano Sabbiadoro is the Regional Natural Reserve of the Foci of the Stella river, an excellent place to paddle to discover the old fishermen’s houses, passing under the typical scales, discovering a unique ecosystem of its kind.

4: Visit the casoni of Marano Lagunare

In Kayak you can reach a real natural oasis where time has literally stopped: the casoni of Marano Lagunare – located between Lignano Sabbiadoro and the lagoon of Grado – in a natural area where many species of fish and birds live.

Here time has literally stopped. These houses, built with the materials available in the area at that time, served as a refuge for fishermen. Today, these buildings can not be sold or bought, let alone change, the houses can only be owned by father the son, keeping the tradition. Here it seems to explore an open-air museum, in a lagoon between greenery and sea.

More information on this -> lagoon experience

5: Cycling on the waterfront

Although I am not a lover of the bicycle and I prefer to move on foot, pedaling at sunset along the promenade of Lignano Sabbiadoro was undoubtedly a good experience. Accompanied by a long bike path that runs along the long tongue of sand, I noticed that really, especially with the warm lights of the sunset, the sand here seems golden. Among the umbrellas at rest and the bathing establishments where you play live, interesting places I discover with every ride, until the sun sets a different Lignano.