Hey Friends, as you know, I just got back from a three city trip to Italy and I want to share all the details with you. I decided to break these posts up by city instead of doing a huge long post that way if you are planning on visiting you can just search for that particular city instead of scrolling through a long ass post.
The first leg of our trip started in Lake Como. You know Lake Como as in where George and Amal got married, live and are raising their twins; yeah that Lake Como. Well, I have to admit, it was never on my list of "must visit" places in Italy, but our close friends got married there and so we were "forced" to go. And I say forced jokingly! Before I get into the details, let me give you the logistics first.
Flights/Ground Transportation: We flew into Milan–Malpensa Airport and then we took a private transfer (booked a car service) to Lake Como which is 45 minutes away. You can absolutely take a train but you would need to take a train and then a taxi to another station to get to Lake Como and then you would have to get a taxi to your hotel/ABB. That did not sound like fun, so we splurged on a private transfer and it was so worth it. We used Como Limo for our round trip transfer to and from Milan and they were on time, professional. Both cars we received were Mercedes sprinter vans.
Where to Stay: We stayed at the Sheraton Lake Como which is located in the town of Cernobbio (There are a lot of little towns surrounding the lake) because the wedding reception was less than a mile away. If you ever stayed at a Sheraton property, it is exactly what you would expect. It was clean, the rooms were nice, and the pool was too good to pass by. The town of cernobbio isn't exactly the most happening place in Lake Como so having the pool was perfect. We ended up spending most of our free time siting by the pool and letting Easton run around the grass. The only down side, is that the pool did not have a shallow area for Easton to splash around in. I think Cernobbio is the prefect place to stay if you have small children and want a place that is a little secluded.
Our two free evenings we ended up in the actual city of Lake Como which is only about a 15 minute ride via taxi or Uber. The city of Lake Como is where it's all happening so if you are looking for location that offers, Restaurants, bars, and shopping, I highly recommend you stay there. We had friends who stayed at Hotel Metropole Sussie and they loved it. They had actual views of Lake Como.
What to do:
While most of my time was filled with wedding activities and we didn't really get to enjoy much outside of that, but other guests did..
Rent a boat and tour the lake (aka go see George Clooney's villa). You can rent a boat to drive personally, or rent a boat with a captain. We attempted to rent a boat with a captain when we discovered we had a free morning, but they were already booked for the day so my advise is to reserve a boat in advance.
Visit Bellagio. If you live in Las Vegas, go see the original town that inspired our Bellagio hotel.
Hang out at Lido Di Cernobbio Beach Club. It's not your "vegas" style beach club, it's a family friendly pool that overlooks the lake. They serve yummy food and cocktails. We had a beer on the outdoor patio and quickly regreted bot bringing our bathing suits.
Go bar hopping in Lake Como Square. This is where all the night life is.
Cross the boarder to Switzerland. Lake Como sits on the boarder of Italy and Switzerland. We did not get the chance to do this, but we had friends that did and they really enjoyed it. .
Where we ate.
On our free evening in Lake Como Square, we just popped into a restaurant on the square and it was delicious. I am so sorry, I did not write the name down, but you can't go wrong with any choice down there.
The rehearsal dinner was held at Figli Dei Fiori. . This place was absolutely delicious! Every dish was to die for. If you get the chance get the chicken thighs/legs and do not leave without trying the Lasagna. It was to die for! This same restaurant catered the wedding and the food was divine! The restaurant is located underneath the most gorgeous ginormous brick bridge. (see picture below)
Transportation in and around the Lake Como is a nightmare. Cabs are limited, and Uber is even more so. Even during the day you will have a wait for transportation.With a limited number of taxis on the road and even less available ubers, every evening was a struggle. We had people who had to walk home (45 min), and others had to grab a ride from a local. It's no joke! It seemed like transportation seemed to shut down around 11pm.