Category Archives: Lake Como

An Elusive Garden and an ‘Undemocratic’ Restaurant

After Villa Carlotta the next stop on a well-planned garden tour would be the gardens of Villa del Balbianello, one ferry stop down the lake.  Facilissimo!  Not quite.  First of all, Mondays and Wednesdays the garden is closed.  Then there’s … Continue reading

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A Cooking Class, a Castle and a Garden

When I saw the forecast for Thursday, I tried to switch the cooking class to Wednesday. Inside a warm, cheery kitchen would have been the perfect way to spend another miserable day. But mercoledì (mare-coh-lay-dee) was the restaurant’s weekly giorno di chiusura (day of … Continue reading

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Behind the Jewel

Lake Como is an upside down ‘Y’.  Bellagio is close to the point where the three lines meet. Behind the village is a forested hillside and on the other side of that hillside is the less glitzy, but equally scenic arm … Continue reading

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The Garden Across the Lake

They say you shouldn’t go back.  It won’t be the same – and by that I think we usually mean as good as you remember – and you’ll be disappointed.  But what if your memory of a place wasn’t a … Continue reading

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Impressionante!

‘What is your favourite garden?’ is one of those impossible questions I’m often asked.  Another is ‘What is your favourite region in Italy?’  I’ve even been asked, as I was towards the end of this trip, ‘Which country is your favourite … Continue reading

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