We were at Lake Como twice before. The first time may be in 2002. It was at time that Alitalia still flew between Hong Kong and Milan. We took a cruise to different islands. The second time was in 2010 and we walked along the shore. Lake Como is always a nice place to return.
This time we began quite late, and with lunch at Osteria del Gallo. It started the business in 1920. The restaurant's only decoration is cock. Hundreds, different styles in painting, as models, nameless but cute and sweet. We were lucky to get one of the last tables. Food was very good. The owner offered two giant and most treasurable cocks for us to take photos. Exclusive!
It's time for exercise. We started with the Cathedral. It is built over a Romanesque church. The construction took 300 years and ended in 1740. The styles are Gothic and Renaissance. Inside and outside are full of art. For me, the most striking one is the crucifixion. Jesus took up our pain and bore our suffering...... Isaiah 53:4-5
Then we took the funicolare to go up to Brunate. It is in service since 1894. It changed from steam to electricity operation in 1911. Wow, 121 years in operation. In 7 minutes one will arrive at Brunate, the end station, 750 meters high. At there are already gorgeous views over the lake and city. We could even saw the skyline of Milan. But we walked up till a church and the lighthouse of San Maurzio. It took about 45 minutes. On the way are nice houses.
The temperature in April was mild. Continual ascending under the sun for 45 minutes was harsh but rewarding. It cost 1 or 2 € to go up to the top of the tower. It's worthwhile for the breathtaking views at every corner of Como .
Andrea Church we passed by before and stopped to glimpse the interior. A short nice break and then we commenced the descend for more than an hour. It's a pleasure to enjoy the nature and the fantastic views on a sunny day.