Archive for January, 2011

This cable car is a lovely way to get up to the village of Pigra and see beautiful views of Lake Como from high up and I’ve posted a couple of times already with running times etc!

...and just look at the views you get as you go up!

Last year it had to stop running to allow for repair work, and there was even talk at one stage that it would never open again.  However I found a newspaper piece a few weeks ago and, with some Twitter translation help from @Germasino (thank you!), I can tell you what’s happening. (Of course if you speak good Italian, you can just read the piece yourself!)

There have been funding problems, but lots people including the town and regional authorities have stepped in to help. Major renovations have been done, and at the moment it us due to reopen in May 2011.  Fingers crossed for that!

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The last post was about hiring a self drive boat on the lake. If doing the driving yourself just sounds too much like hard work, then there’s a solution! You can hire a private water taxi.
Friends who stayed in Nesso last October discovered a very good company based in Bellagio.  It’s run by a husband and wife team, she’s Australian and he’s Italian.

They took one of their group tours which was a one hour tour plus a stop at Villa Balbienello (total duration 2.5 hours) so it was a good way to get across to the Villa. They also run a pre dinner cruise (a special time of day to see the lake) and also a morning tour. But you can also book them for a private tour for an hour or two, or even a full day. What a relaxing way to see around Lake Como and hear about the sites!

This is the link to their website, of you want more information http://italianwatertaxis.com

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Last August we finally got around to hiring a boat on the lake, and had one of the most fun afternoons in a long while! You get a really different view of things from the water, and renting your own boat means that you get to choose what you see, how long you spend doing it and also swim from the boat. We got the boat from Rent Fun Boats in Fagetto Lario which is just down the road from Nesso. They are really helpful, and also speak English.  You pay for the boat by the hour, and also pay for the fuel that you use. We rented a 40hp boat, which is the biggest you can have without a license, but it certainly felt pretty powerful!

We spent about 3 hours pottering about in all taking a look at the bit of the lake between Bellagio down towards Como. We really can’t recommend this enough as a way to spend a few hours….
Here are some pictures from our trip.

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