Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - RICH HISTORY -

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.

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