We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We posted earlier on our side trip by train into Lombardy and Lake Como, via Milan, and our visit to Villa Carlotta. This area was historically famous for its silk (which Smithsonian Magazinefeatured this month), its picturesque villages, and for its villas and gardens. Today, we will finish that day's journey up with a bit of Como and Bellagio. Some consider Bellagio the most lovely town in Europe, but I think it has tons of competition for that title.
Here's my shot of a view of Lake Como from Villa Melzi (built around 1808) in Bellagio:
Lots more photos below, on continuation page -
The Duomo of Como, often considered the finest cathedral in Italy. It's a mix of Gothic and Renaissance. Great carvings. The piazza out front was not large enough to fit the whole building in a photo:
Structure and tower adjacent to the Duomo:
The ferry dock at Bellaggio:
One of the main waterfront piazzas in Bellaggio:
And the other one, adjacent, where we bought some linen stuff:
Wine Bar sign in Bellagio:
A view of the lake from Villa Melzi:
Villa Melzi itself. Simple, and Georgian:
My cafe table, waiting for ferry back to Como. They have sadly gone for potato chips in Italy, but they could do much better with a simple platter of bruschetta.