This past weekend was one that has left me day dreaming and plotting my next escape back to this slice of the world. For those of you that follow me on Insta you'll have seen a sneak peek of my latest adventures and the place I've been falling for. We jetted away for a short four day holiday to Lake Como where we spent time catching up with some of S's family while soaking up this stunning landscape. Both of which I'm so thankful for and both of which have left my heart full.
If you've traveled to this wonder take a moment to relive your memories and if you haven't, turn your eyes this way and let this post convince you why it should be a non-negotiable item on your bucket list.
|The Grand Hotel Tremezzo|
I've seen the movies and had a little portrait sketched in my head of what this place might have in store but I didn't expect it to completely capture my heart. I'm sure that this short lived visit only scratches the surface of what this entire country resembles but this little taster sure has left me wanting more. The moment my feet touched this luscious coast of impeccable beauty I had already fallen in love. Let me let you in on my lust for this place.
The aroma that filled the air was an adequate teaser for the what my palate tasted. The food was out of this world delicious. Cuisines encompassing white fish fresh out of the lake to pasta dripping with homemade bolognese straight out of a cookbook from generations gone by. The organic caprese salad prefaced my every evening meal and I was sure to consume my fair share of gelato. Always fresh and always oozing with flavors, Italian food is truly one of a kind.
|Mint Nutella gelato|
It goes without saying that the picturesque views of this lake will forever be etched in my mind. The heights of the mountains are matched with the depths of the lake and lined with idyllic houses and historic chapels. The cobbled narrow streets and yellow hued buildings set the scene for the quaint and communal type villages.
Whether you're strolling the streets by foot or catching sight of these villages by boat, the views are perfection from every vantage point. We decided to take a boat trip on one of the days and cruise down the lake, I'm so thankful we did.
|Villa del Balbianello|
Some parts of Italy are known for linen but Lake Como is best praised for its handcrafted silk creations. The style influence of both of these can be seen roaming the streets.
|We may have taken a pit stop in front of George Clooney's Villa for a quick second.|
There's also a definite decor style surrounding this part of the world. The houses are dressed with wooden shutters in an array of colors to complete their classic look and the balconies made of eclectic wrought iron designs. The alluring gold accents complimented with the equal dose of sculptures left a hand print spanning the entire lake.
This mountainous lakeside resort is the epitome of relaxation intertwined with the perfect balance of class. From the moment we arrived we were instantly greeted with serenity. The people, the food, and the way of life was sweetly simplistic.
|Streets of Bellagio|
Some of the houses, or rather 'castles' we saw dated way back to the 1500s. The amazement of architectural structures during a period of minute technology is awe inspiring. It adds so much character to these string of towns.
|The tree-lined gardens of Bellagio|
When those naysayers try to convince you that there's no such thing as love at first sight, tell them to visit this stunning part of the world and they'll soon find themselves eating their words!