We're locals. We had cappucino with breakfast and espresso for a mid-afternoon boost. We took the batello navetta. It was an all day, mid-lake ferry service. Lake Como is shaped like a man. Varenna is at mid-hip and Bellagio is its crotch, where the lake splits into legs. We saw from afar the villa that was used in Star Wars, Episode 2 and Casino Royale.
We hopped off at Bellagio with the masses. We lunched at the Metropole bar then wandered. Or rather, endured a strenuous hike up the cobbled pedestrian streets. Local geriatrics in housecoats effortlessly glided by me. We boarded the ferry feeling good that we had made the right decision: Choosing to stay in Varenna vs. Bellagio was the right one.
On our walk back we admired the fauna. Greenery and flowers sprout from every crack. We made a reservation at Ristorante il Cavatappi, a restaurant a few doors down from our albergo. We reserved the very last table. Lucky table #8 was just outside curbside, five tables maximum could fit inside.
M ordered a bottle of white from Lombardy. We each got a primi and a secondi and we shared the dolce. L needed a moment with her ravioli stufffed with eggplant, then white Lake fish fillet with tomatoes basil and olives. M had gnocchetti with three tomatoes, the Sicilian eggplant parmigiana. Dessert was creme caramel and crumbled amaretto biscotti. Every bite phenomenally delicious.
It was logical to then get a glass of amaretto. We wandered the streets and decided on a little bar on the square. We quickly became BFF with Claude and Mimi from Switzerland. They bought us a round. They insist we come to Bern to stay with them at their farm.
Italian phrase of the day: assagio du vino (taste the wine)
English word of the day: satsier (sah-tsi-er) - to be even more satsia