Greece Travel-Epilogue...and Lake Como, Italy
Posted on Jun 29, 2013 by
As a final message from this travelogue, I could say that Greece is always a fascinating country, it`s very dependable in summer on the weather side, and it`s undoubtedly the cheapest Mediterranean country in the EU ( among other things, gas was in August 1,13 Euro per liter while in Italy it was 1,47)
6 days after our return to our hometown, we decided to end our 3 weeks off work with a day out on the lake of Como. I used to have a rented house on the lake in my youth back in the `70s , so I know rather well this area. But I had always passed thrpugh the village of Lenno on the main road. This time we happened to have a look at its lakeside promenade ( which is just 300 meters long), and stopped there for lunch. The sky was clear and sunny and the temperature pleasantly cool after the rain and wind of the previous day.
The view from this point of the coast is one of the most extraordinary I have ever seen ( and I have toured almost the entire Europe and seen not so few extraeuropean countries). Bellagio is opposite you.
A path called the Lake Greenway passes through the village, and you can take it either way for about 4 kilometers in each direction to explore nearby villages and hills.
Three hotels are sharing the privilege of such a location, the best of them seems to be 4-star Albergo Lenno.
After a fine lunch in a rather modest place ( a two-star hotel called Albergo Plinio), we walked 10 minutes through a fresh, picturesque wood and up a promontory where sits the Villa del Balbianello a property of FAI ( Italian found for the environment). This is a gem of a 18th hundred villa originally the property of a cardinal, that has seen many famous writers and intellectuals gather for hospitality and relax in its heydays. The garden is outstanding and the views are more extraordinary than the most extraordinary that I have cited above.For the extra experience, the villa can be reached also by motor boat from Lenno in 5 minutes, and this is the only approach on weekdays,as it used to be in the 18th and 19th centuries.
In other words, I`m placing a bit of a solicitation to visit the most beautiful country in the world, one that I have at my door and that I not always appreciate as it should be : ITALY.
My best wishes for your winter travels,