Romantic Italy: Lake Como (Part 3)

Villa Melzi

We went back to Bellagio on the 3rd day for Villa Melzi. Another beautiful lakeside villa built in the early 19th century, it wowed and inspired its many guests including the virtuoso Franz Liszt who wrote Dante Symphony at the villa and left ardent remark for Lake Como: “When you write the story of two happy lovers, let the story be set on the banks of Lake Como.”

The 4th villa we visited, it continued to impress with a new set of sensational views.

Dante and Beatrice monument by the blue roofed temple

Dante and Beatrice monument by the blue roofed temple

Bellagio’s town center from Villa Melzi

Bellagio’s town center from Villa Melzi

Center front of the villa house

Center front of the villa house

Ornate columns add a human dimension that enriches the nature

Ornate columns add a human dimension that enriches the nature

Villa Chapel

Villa Chapel

Garden on the hill

Garden on the hill

View of the waterfront terrace and the lake from the hill behind the house

View of the waterfront terrace and the lake from the hill behind the house

Como

Town of Como sits on the southern end of the western branch. The largest town of Lake Como, it was bubbling when we were there on a Sunday afternoon. At the center square close by the ferry station people thronged about a group of American Indian musicians performing invigorating tunes, an open air market was in full swing with alluring goods and cafés were crowded with customers.

Como harbor

Como harbor

Waterfront promenade

Waterfront promenade

Funicular to go up to the crest of the town

Funicular to go up to the crest of the town

Church on top of the hill

Church on top of the hill

Church interior

Church interior

View of Como town from top of the hill

View of Como town from top of the hill

Music on the street

Music on the street

Meat stall at the market

Meat stall at the market

Nuts, dry fruits and other sweets

Nuts, dry fruits and other sweets

Como cathedral

Como cathedral

The cathedral is immense

The cathedral is immense

Stain glass window

Stain glass window

Dinner on 3rd night (A restaurant at Varenna’s town center)

Dinner on 3rd night (A restaurant at Varenna’s town center)

Vezio Castle of Varenna

Perched on a hill top above Varenna is the hamlet of Vezio and on the sheer spur of the village is Vezio Castle. Now in ruin, Vezio Castle was built by the order of Queen Teodolinda of Longobards in 6th century B.C. and was used as a watch tower.

We were leaving Lake Como on the 4th day but not till the afternoon and had just enough time for a quick trip to Vezio Castle. There are two ways to get to the village and the castle ruin, by car or by foot. We choose to walk up there. From our hotel it was a short walk to reach the narrow earth path winding up to the village. From there on it was a 25 minute walk for us. It was a beautiful sunny day. The walk was pleasant and the views on the way and from the castle were stunning.

Path to Vezio

Path to Vezio

Church in the village

Church in the village

Barn owl at Castle Vezio

Barn owl at Castle Vezio

Watch tower standing in the center of the castle wall

Watch tower standing in the center of the castle wall

Looking down to the lake from the castle

Looking down to the lake from the castle

This lovely falconer also works at Hotel Eremo Gaudio as front desk clerk

This lovely falconer also works at Hotel Eremo Gaudio as front desk clerk

Castle Vezio’s tower rising above its dense stone wall

Castle Vezio’s tower rising above its dense stone wall

Castle Vezio (on the hill top east of Hotel Eremo Gaudio) soaring high above Varenna’s town center

Castle Vezio (on the hill top east of Hotel Eremo Gaudio) soaring high above Varenna’s town center

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One Response

  1. Hi there,
    I love Varenna too! I was there a couple of weeks ago. Check out my photos on http://bagnidilucca.wordpress.com
    Debra

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