Exploring Lake Como, Italy Itz & Switz | The Traveling Swanns

The Ultimate Travel Guide for Northern Lake Como, Italy by Fine Art Destination Wedding Photographer Lauren R Swann

Today on the blog, I am thrilled to be sharing part one of our travel pics from Lake Como, Italy!

 

After spending a few days in Switzerland, we rented a car, hopped in, and were on our way to Lake Como, Italy!  I’ll be sharing more of Switzerland next week – not to worry! We drove to our cute little Air BnB and met our host Paulo in Bellano.  After checking in, we set off to explore, eat some gelato, and get our bearings.

One thing that should be noted before we go any further is that while pretty, Bellano is not a super touristy area of Lake Como.  That has its own set of perks and pits to it.  Perk – a local (and delicious) street market.  Pit – no one speaks any English.  Ask us about our attempt to understand the guy selling ferry tickets… it was a real hoot!

Anyways, from our home base in Bellano, we explored a few of the nearby towns – Varenna and Bellagio.  You’ll get to see some snippets of all three in this post as well as a few of the highlights along the way.

Buckle up, because this post is full of beautiful doors, lake views, and a few highlights from each location we explored on Lake Como!

 

 


 

 

Bellano

Lake Como, Italy

 

The highlights: our home base, beautiful waterfront restaurants, an entertaining ferry guide, and the location of my first margherita pizza

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Bellagio

Lake Como, Italy

The highlights: iconic streets, more good pizza, Villa Melzi, and ferry views

 

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Varenna

Lake Como, Italy

The highlights: Hikes to castles, street fairs, kayaking, and delicious risotto/pasta

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Happy Friday, friends!

Like what you see? Make sure you check out more of our travel posts here!

 

Posted:

July 7, 2017

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  1. […] but didn’t get to explore the city until the end of our stay.  We went from Lauterbrunnen to Lake Como to Zurich by car.  Once we arrived to the city, we turned in our rental car and dropped our stuff […]

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