from the riviera to the italian lakes…

We’ve been on Lake Como for four days now and have completely and utterly fallen for it.  Everywhere is just so beautiful and Andrew and I keep saying that the scenery is almost like a painted backdrop.  The sun seems to catch it , at all times of the day, in such a way that the mountains look hazy and too perfect to be real.  My photos don’t even do it justice!

We happened upon our holiday rental while we were searching Air BnB a few months back, and I’m telling you guys, we hit the jackpot.  I was amazed by how reasonably it worked out to plan travel and accommodation separately and I think when it comes to travelling with children, having the flexibility of self-catering is always a winner.

In saying that though, we’ve found the food (and drinks!) here to be so inexpensive compared to the South of France and of far superior quality too.  Italians love their food and it is so well reflected in the sheer amount of beautiful restaurants in this area, but also in the choice within each too.  I’m not going to lie – our kids favour pizza and pasta over anything more high-brow in the food stakes, but it hasn’t stopped us window-eating our way around the lake this past few days! 😉

Some pictures of our first couple of days here! I’ve split this post into two as honestly, I’ve a billion photos to show you! 🙂




We’ve been staying in Lierna, about ten minutes by car from the next major town of Varenna which is on the Eastern side of the lake.  We picked this area principally with our next stretch of journey in mind, and because of it’s relative proximity to Verona (about two hours away).  It has worked out perfectly, and actually I think if we were coming back in the future, this is the area we would choose.  Varenna is just everything you’d imagine an Italian lakeside town to be – charming, tumbledown bleached terracottas and reds, perfectly framed by the blue lake which sweeps up its stone steps and piers.




Our house has this amazing garden which has been such a gorgeous place to come back to after long days exploring.  The lakeside towns and villages can be busy (I’d imagine much more so at this time of year!) and it has been so lovely to have an oasis away from the crowds, and the heat too.




The gelato here is insane and we’ve been doing our best to keep Varenna in business! ;). This was Creme Brûlée flavour and one of my favourites so far (will keep you posted on my progress through all 75 billion flavours! 🙂 )




Part two coming soon (when I can get a much better wifi connection.  It’s taken me way longer than it really should to post this!)

Tomorrow we head for Verona, followed by a few days in Venice.  I’m excited to bring you with us!

Ciao for now, hope you’re having a lovely week so far!


E x


  1. August 15, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Oh wow it looks absolutely stunning! I can’t wait to see the next post with more of your gorgeous photos. I’ve bookmarked this beautiful villa so I can look into it if (no, WHEN) we go to Italy. Enjoy the rest of your trip x

  2. August 15, 2016 / 10:54 pm

    Your pictures are absolutely stunning, Emma… That blue! sounds like your having a wonderful time… And I’ll look forward to your gelato updates!!
    Claire X

  3. August 15, 2016 / 11:59 pm

    I cannot tell you how pleased I am that you have posted this today! We are heading to northern Italy tomorrow and have done (characteristically for us) very little research! This post has made my mind up that we MUST see Lake Como… And Varenna… And Verona! (We are saving Venice for another time.) Enjoy the rest of your Italian adventure and save some gelato for us!! Nina.
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