I can never forget my excitement about my trip to Como, it was my first with new friends from Milan. Como is a city at the southern tip of Lake Como in northern Italy. The town is home to American actor – George Clooney and other celebrities like Donatella Versace and Madonna.
From Cadorna railway station, with a group of 12 friends, I took the Trenord train to Como Lago (costs less than 5 Euros). A trip that seemed like forever ended in an hour.
It seemed there was a mini street food festival on the lake side, with small food trucks, loud and funky music, moving statues and clowns. We successfully made our way through the crowded park to the wooden dock where we spend sometime taking group photos in front of “Life Electric”- a newly built sculpture dedicated to the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta. From the harbour front we could also view Como and its beautiful surroundings — the boats ready to sail, the colorful houses on the foothills of the mountains and the serene lake surface.
Brunate by Funicular
From the funicular at the east end of the lakefront, we got in a packed cable car to Brunate, a quiet mountain village which overlooks the Como city and lake. The car was a bit stuffy, but once we stepped out of it, a beautiful wonderland welcomed us with fresh air, enchanting villas, fragrant herbs and flowers, tiny stairways every 10 mins of walk and stone paths that would eventually lead us to the Volta lighthouse.
Chiesa di Sant’Andrea – the St. Andrew
Chiesa di Sant’Andrea – the St. Andrew Church looked new, probably it has been renovated recently. From what I learned about the church, it must contain a wealth of history and art. The church’s decorations dated back in the late 19th and early 20th century (due to sustained work), and the paintings of brothers Recchi inside were even created from the 17th century.
Our last trip was to the lighthouse. From its terrace we could have a breathtaking panoramic view of Como.
The day trip was not enough to learn about the beauty of Brunate, or even Lake Como. The lake has the shape of an inverted letter “Y”. The northern branch begins at the town of Colico, while the towns of Como and Lecco sit at the ends of the southwestern and southeastern branches respectively.
Based on my experience, I would advise to visit when the weather is not foggy, like in September. This will allow you a clearer view of the panoramic landscape from the Lighthouse.