While my mother-in-law was here, we thought it would be nice to take her somewhere for the last week of her visit. A friend had stayed at the Hotel Villa Aurora in Lezzeno on Lake Como this spring and it looked wonderful so when I found a few days available at the hotel during the first week of summer, I jumped at the chance to stay there.
The hotel is a small, family run hotel that my friend found through the travel site Ciao Bambino. The family room was a great size, the staff was friendly, and the best part about the hotel in summertime was their little dock with lounge chairs right on the lake and the free use of their water trampolines, kayaks, and paddle boards!
After a twisty, turny drive along Lake Como we arrived on Monday afternoon ready for some lake fun. We spent the afternoon swimming and relaxing and enjoyed dinner at the hotel’s lovely lakeside restaurant.
On Tuesday we took a ferry from Lezzeno to Bellagio, which was the main town we wanted to see while we were on Lake Como. The ferry ride was gorgeous with views of the lake, mountains, villas, and villages along the way.
We had a great time strolling through the charming streets of Bellagio-it was so pretty with flowers and tiny lanes everywhere you looked.
We stopped for some drinks to cool off and the boys found their own entertainment. 😉
Then when we got back, Jonah and I had some more lake time while everyone else had a rest (or worked). We tried out the kayaks and Jonah loved it so much I had to take him four different times! Then in the evening we went for a family kayak ride while my mother-in-law watched from the dock…and then she kindly watched the kids so that Lukasz and I could try out stand-up paddle boarding for the first time. I was surprised at how much harder it was than it looked! But so fun once we sort of got the hang of it!
We thought about trying somewhere else for dinner, but there was nothing else that was easily walkable with such a nice view…and the menu was so big that we didn’t mind another dinner at the hotel restaurant. And the boys of course were not complaining about pasta and pizza!
On Wednesday we were sad to leave after such a fun and quick stay, but we headed out after breakfast so that we could stop in Como before heading home. The town was nice to walk around and we enjoyed the main square and the impressive duomo.
I had read about the funicular you could take up for views on Lake Como, so we decided to head up before having lunch and hitting the road. I was a bit disappointed that you couldn’t really get a clear view of the city and the duomo, but the lake and mountain views were nice…and if we had longer, there were tons of walks and hikes you could take up on top.
We loved Lake Como and it was such a fun way to end the visit with Babcia and to kick off the start of summer!