Palaces, funiculars and curves
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Our first night where at Ostello Villa Olmo, the youth hostel of Como. A extremely recomendable choice! Clean rooms (and baths!!), kind personnel and ideal facilities. The have a private garden with tables to relax, have a beer or simply chat with other travellers.
Situation of Villa Olmo is also quite good. Just opposit to the hostel you can enjoy the neoclasical palace who names the youth hostel. From there you can walk through a beautiful promenade which leads you to the small city center. Looking back, now I recognize it´s not as beautiful as other city centers but still deserved a walk around.
If you want to have excellent views you can take a funicular to Brunate, up the hill beside Como, to see the lake and hills.
After that we headed to Bellagio. The road is narrow and winding, but you will be the slowest driver there. Anyway, if you didn´t went up to brunate, here is your chance to have a good view of the lake as there is a lot of ¿curbs? to stop and snap.
Lake Como its an "Y" upside down, and just in the intersection of its three arms stands the village of Bellagio. It is a small and bucolic town, plenty of tourist and those awful souvenirs shops. Its that kind of places where you feel yourself as part of a sheep flock, with tons of tourist like you wandering up and down, looking at windows and snapping pictures of every corner.
Don´t take me wrong, it is a lovely village, but if you are those travelbuddies who want secret unusual places, you probably would like to avoid Bellagio.
Handy Tip: if you can, try to reach Bellagio by boat. Car parkings are either too far or too expensive there!!!
We have lunch there (self made sandwiches, nothing glamorous ;-p) and went on to our last stop: Bergamo.