GO2 LAKE COMO
Etihad, Cathay Pacific and Emirates are among the airlines that fly one-stop from Australia to Milan. From there, it’s about an hour by train to Como. There’s a rail link from the city of Como to Geneva in Switzerland, or it’s a 4½-hour drive. There is something for every budget from the splendid 17thcentury Villa d’Este in Cadenabbia to small, familyrun hotels and B&Bs. If travelling on a strict budget, several camping grounds occupy prime lakeside positions with beaches, The roads around Lake Como can be narrow and congested, particularly from late spring to late autumn, so the best way to get around is usually by ferry. As well as the express hydrofoil, there are slow ferries stopping at many villages on their way to and from Como.Many hotels also have tenders to transport guests to restaurants and places of interest. And there are water taxis and private boats to hire. Watch for markets and special cultural events in lakeside villages, particularly in summer. For a dose of adventure there’s hiking, mountain biking, sailing, windsurfing, kite-surfing and swimming. The Lago di Mezzola nature reserve at the northernmost part of the lake is popular with birdwatchers. Don’t miss frito misto di lago, which often includes seafood fresh from the lake such as local specialities of pike, eel and tench; the simple but superb farfalle ai funghi porcini (butterfly pasta, porcini, parmesan and butter), local cheeses and dishes made with fresh chestnuts. Oh yes, and the wine.