Monday, April 26, 2010
Lake Como, Italy
A short ferry ride across the lake from Bellagio will bring you to the steep hillside village of Varenna. Some consider Varenna to be the most heavenly of all the towns on Lake Como. Only a population of 882, the residents have an odd tradition keep water bottles just of outside their houses to keep stray cats from peeing on their door!
After enjoying a lunch of the lake fish and seafood, a climb up the hillside overlooking Varenna to the Castello di Vezio is well worth the effort. As you approach the castle, a panorama of the lake opens up. From here, you can see the peninsula where Bellagio is situated and divides the lake into two parts: on the left is the Lecco side and to the right is the Como side.
You can climb the castle turret for more stunning views of the lake. The turret also has a permanent collection of Lairosauro, a water reptile with a long neck and head. Most of the species of the Lairosauro have been found in the area of the lake, but recently some have also been found in China.
visitors can observe the different birds of prey close up.. The great horned owl is called Artu and he is one of the few left in the world.
into the landscape of the local mountains and lakeside. The steeple of Basilica di San Nicolo dates back to 1864 over the base of an ancient tower under which underground passages were used as shelter during WWII aerial attacks. A WWI and WWII monument to the fallen stands in one of the main piazzas.
Lake Como truly is one of those places you must visit, which is why several celebrities have homes here, it has made appearances in movies such as Ocean's Twelve, Casino Royale, and Star Wars, and was even the backdrop for Gwen Stefani's music video "Cool."
To see all of our pictures of Lake Como, go to: http://public.fotki.com/Davis2001r6/italy-2011/lake-como-italy/