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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.

If you want to take part in some of the very Italian Christmas celebrations, get yourself to Piazza Duomo in Como on the 24th of December at 1600. Here you will see Santa Claus (Babbo Natale) arrive with presents for the children.

I’ve also mentioned La Befana. If you want to see her arrive (usually in spectacular style!) you’ll need to be in Piazza Duomo on January the 6th 2011 at 1600….and here’s a link to a video which really gives you a sense of being there!

Some people ask us,  ‘what can you do around Lake Como in the Winter?’  thinking that it’s just a Summer resort.

Well, we came across this website link yesterday which pulls together lots of information about events around Lake Como over Christmas and New Year. There are Christmas markets, an dinner cruise on the lake on New Year’s Eve (Capodanno) and lots more.  It’s a nice place to come for a few days after a skiing trip.

One Festival not mentioned in that link is La Befana which I wrote about earlier this year. La Befana.

Apart from Christmas and New Year festivities there are other things to do in Winter. The Moto Guzzi museum is open every working day from 1500-1600 except during August and in Como there’s also the Silk museum. The Como area is famous for silk, and many shops in Como and Bellagio sell beautiful examples.

Como also has a lovely theatre, Teatro Sociale Como which has dance and opera throughout the year…today, 10th December it’s ballet..

The beginning of August is a great time to be in Nesso. The village is humming with visitors and there are the celebrations for the village saint, San Lorenzo.

We were there last year and went to the village Sagra, which is on the Friday and Saturday evenings

The village is all decorated with ribbons

And lots of people lend a hand to make sure it goes with a swing….

And they certainly know a thing or two about dancing!

The fireworks took place on the Saturday evening. They’re launched from a barge in the middle of the lake and people come in their boats to watch. We watched if all after dinner from our next door neighbours’ terrace. It’s a quite a spectacle..

 

Yesterday the annual cycle race Giro di Lombardia passed next to the church of Madonna del Ghisallo, who is the patron saint of cycling.  Not to put too fine a point on it, I gather she’s really the patron saint of “vulnerable travellers”, but somehow cyclists have adopted her as their own.

The church is filled with donations of bikes from famous cycling champions and well worth a visit if you are in the area of Bellagio.

There’s a cycling museum next door too, which is huge and cleverly designed.  Worth a look if you’re a cycling or architecture fan, but bear in mind there’s an entrance fee.

This post has been updated here.

We’re not sure if the cable car (funivia) is running at the moment. There seems to have  been a row about the funding of the renovations and we think that this might mean that it has already been closed, until work can be done.

However after trawling around the internet and wishing your Italian could cope with reading Italian newspapers better, we think that the money has now been sorted out for the work on the cable car to take place.

If you know any more about this, please let us know!

I have been meaning to write this post since way back in March this year, when we were in Nesso. We have been eating at the Tre Rose for ages. It’s is a simple clean hotel with beautiful views, and a lovely restaurant which also has a terrace on the other side of the road overlooking the lake.

The Tre Rose

The whole place is run by the fantastic Antoinetta; here’s a picture of her from a few years ago

Antoinetta

She doesn’t speak English, but it really doesn’t matter at all!

In March we were there on the weekend of Festa della Donna (we saw lots of traditional Mimosa flowers and also Mimosa cakes for sale) which meant it was a busy Saturday evening in Tre Rose. We had a drink before dinner at the cafe just opposite (which is also where you buy bus tickets) and just as we got to the restaurant it started to get busy with lots of locals.
There were groups of friends dining and various teenagers popping in and out, chatting at the bar, and saying Hi to Mum & Dad who were there eating. The atmosphere was lovely and as always the food was great; you can choose from pizza, or have the more formal Antipasti, Primo, Secondo etc.

Of course in addition to the lovely Antoinetta, the other star of the Tre Rose is Carlotta…and here she is….

Finally they have free wifi, which is always useful.

 

Lake Como has been used as a movie location on many occasions. Here’s a few of the most famous ones.

James Bond: Casino Royale (12)
Two locations in this one. First is Villa Balbianello, which is where Bond recuperates after his torture by La Chiffre. (you can get there from Nesso by taking the ferry to Lenno)The other is the last scene of the movie, where Bond shoots Mr White, and takes place in front of Villa La Gaeta which is up in San Siro, nearer the top of the Lake.

James Bond: Quantum of Solace (12)The film continues immediately after the events of Casino Royale with Bond
driving from Lake Como to Siena, Italy with the captured Mr. White

Ocean’s 12 (PG)Villa Erba in Cernobio was the location for Francois Toulour’s estate….and very handy for George Clooney’s place in Laglio!

Star Wars; Attack of the Clones (PG) Villa Balbianello was used for Anakin and Padmé’s wedding.

A Month on the Lake (Ein Sommer am See) (PG) And it was Villa Balbianello for this lovely film starring Vanessa Redgrave, Edward Fox and Uma Thurman.

The Other Man (15) more scenes shot on Lake Como

In Nesso then there are several small grocers in the village that will serve you well. However there are bigger supermarkets in Como, with a couple of branches of Carrefour (which used to be GS)
The nearest one to the ferry stop and bus stop is on the lakeside road…..

Supermarket with a view…that\’s Brunate behind up the hill

And I also took a picture of the opening times…these can vary around public holidays..

Opening times…..

The ferry started calling calling in Nesso again on the 29th March 2010. At the moment they only seem to have published the ferry timetables until May 29th

http://www.navigazionelaghi.it/eng/com/nlc_ora.html

The timetable for Nesso is the one under

Motorships Como / Colico – Colico / Como.

We’ll keep an eye out for when they issue the rest of the summer dates.

Ferry calling at Nesso

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