Ciao! Today is all about what we did in Italy when we weren’t eating. If pictures are worth 1000 words then would argue that the ones from Milan/Lake Como are even more talkative than your average photo.
Milan was absolutely stunning. Yet again, the sites of Europe amazed me and I was so excited to be surrounded by such beautiful architecture. Even the train station (Centrale) was stunning! After dropping off our bags and stuffing our faces with pizza/past, we headed to the City Center to check out Duomo. We climbed up the 250 steps to the top of the cathedral for an amazing view of the city during a beautiful sunset. Milan was very different from London when it came to directions. We decided to walk back to the hostel following our visit to Duomo which resulted in a quite a few turnarounds. But that is the fun of exploring new cities!
Our hostel was great! I have never stayed in a hostel before so I really didn’t know what to expect other than what I had heard from my friends. Ostello Bello Grande had incredible staff, free meals and games (Robyn and I got quite good at Jenga) – what more could you need from a place. I would definitely recommend stopping in there if you are looking for somewhere to stay in Milan. This cute blackboard sign was one of the many adorable things to look at in the hostel.
Lake Como (Varenna and Bellagio)
On Saturday we took a day trip to Lake Como. We hopped on a train to Varenna, a town 60 km north of Milan. After an hour long ride, we arrived in the postcard town – a new phrase invented by Robyn for places that you guessed it look like they belong in a postcard. Varenna is one of many towns along Lake Como – it was basically deserted during the winter months but, as Canadians, we were not too phased by the cold and really enjoyed the beauty.
After walking around and eating in Varenna, we hopped on a ferry to Bellagio. The trip took about 15 minutes and we ended up in a bigger and less deserted place. Bellagio was equally as stunning and we explored the city a bit deeper than Varenna. We checked out cute shops, picked up some pasta spices for our moms, and eventually got lost. The scenery of the lake mixed with colourful houses and rocky staircases made for a lovely day. It was incredible to be in a place that had picturesque views from every angle.