Travel Log: Milan and Lake Como

After falling hopelessly in love with Rome last spring, I couldn’t wait to get back to Italy. I was gifted flights to Milan for my birthday and I have to admit, it has been my least favourite city from all my travels – even Paris which is saying a lot.

I know it’s not fair to compare it to Rome, which is a city so rich in history, but I couldn’t help but crave that same feeling. After about a day and half of exploring Milan, we decided to book a last minute train to Lake Como, which is located an hour train ride away. Before I get to my thoughts on the Italian region that has stolen my heart, here are some highlights from Italy’s fashion and design capital.

Milan

Duomo di Milano

Italian architecture continuously blows me away and the famous cathedral in Milan was undoubtedly stunning. The photo just doesn’t do it justice.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

This was probably one of my favourite parts of Milan. The architecture of the space was larger than life and really lived up to my expectations.

Museo del Novecento

Is it extra to pay to enter a place just for the ‘gram? I have zero shame because the 5 euros was totally worth this shot. Can we talk about how stunning that view is?

Pizzeria Spontini

You can’t not have pizza when you’re in Italy. Spontini isn’t your typical Italian style pizza but MAN was it delicious and cheap! I got the large slice, which was a lot but I walked it all off.

Lake Como

Located just over an hour outside of Milan by train, Varenna is one of the quaint towns surrounding Lake Como. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time here but I was absolutely blown away by views of the Alps.

From Varenna, we took a 15 minute ferry over to Bellagio, which is the resort town of Lake Como. It honestly looked like something out of a movie as we were sailing up.

Once we arrived, we were greeted by cobbled lanes and colourful elegant buildings. We sent most of the day walking around the town while eating gelato, of course. I also had the most delicious buffalina pizza at Ristorante Terrazza Barchetta.

One thing I will say is that this part of Lake Como is definitely more of a spring/summer time visit. A lot of the gardens and hotel bars we wanted to visit were closed for the season, but that just means I’ll have to come back another time. Maybe this summer? I definitely need more of Italy in my life!