In September we spent a couple of days at Lake Como on the way down from Ireland to Tuscany. The area has been a popular retreat since Roman times, and a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems. It has many villas and palaces and many famous people have or have had homes on the shores of Lake Como, such as George Clooney, Gianni Versace, Richard Branson and Madonna. Lake Como is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe.
As I mentioned in my previous blog post, words and pictures don’t do this part of the world justice. Lake Como feels like a movie scene from the 1950′s – but real and tangible. Among many other towns and villages, we saw Menaggio and Bellagio, my favorite of them being Varenna. The whole area still radiates the elegance and class from past times and is, except for accommodation directly at the Lake, very affordable compared to other European areas.
The highlight of our stay was a day trip on the lake with a rented motorboat. We were able to see many beautiful places from the water side and stopped for lunch in a little fishing town. It would have been impossible to cover the area by car. During our time at Lake Como the weather changed drastically and with it the light and the mood changed. It was a wonderful and truly unforgettable experience.
All the images below were taken with the Hasselblad 503CW and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 on Kodak Portra 400, scanned and processed by Richard Photo Lab in California: