28th July 2014

Lake Como

This past weekend was one that has left me day dreaming and plotting my next escape back to this slice of the world. For those of you that follow me on Insta you’ll have seen a sneak peek of my latest adventures and the place I’ve been falling for. We jetted away for a short four day holiday to Lake Como where we spent time catching up with some of S’s family while soaking up this stunning landscape. Both of which I’m so thankful for and both of which have left my heart full. 

If you’ve traveled to this wonder take a moment to relive your memories and if you haven’t, turn your eyes this way and let this post convince you why it should be a non-negotiable item on your bucket list.

The Grand Hotel Tremezzo

The Grand Hotel Tremezzo

The Food.

I’ve seen the movies and had a little portrait sketched in my head of what this place might have in store but I didn’t expect it to completely capture my heart. I’m sure that this short lived visit only scratches the surface of what this entire country resembles but this little taster sure has left me wanting more. The moment my feet touched this luscious coast of impeccable beauty I had already fallen in love. Let me let you in on my lust for this place.

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The aroma that filled the air was an adequate teaser for the what my palate tasted. The food was out of this world delicious. Cuisines encompassing white fish fresh out of the lake to pasta dripping with homemade bolognese straight out of a cookbook from generations gone by. The organic caprese salad prefaced my every evening meal and I was sure to consume my fair share of gelato. Always fresh and always oozing with flavors, Italian food is truly one of a kind.

Mint Nutella gelato

Mint Nutella gelato

The Landscape.

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It goes without saying that the picturesque views of this lake will forever be etched in my mind. The heights of the mountains are matched with the depths of the lake and lined with idyllic houses and historic chapels.  The cobbled narrow streets and yellow hued buildings set the scene for the quaint and communal type villages.

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Whether you’re strolling the streets by foot or catching sight of these villages by boat, the views are perfection from every vantage point. We decided to take a boat trip on one of the days and cruise down the lake, I’m so thankful we did.

The Style.

Villa del Balbianello

Villa del Balbianello

Some parts of Italy are known for linen but Lake Como is best praised for its handcrafted silk creations. The style influence of both of these can be seen roaming the streets.

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We may have taken a pit stop in front of George Clooney’s Villa for a quick second

There’s also a definite decor style surrounding this part of the world. The houses are dressed with wooden shutters in an array of colors to complete their classic look and the balconies made of eclectic wrought iron designs. The alluring gold accents complimented with the equal dose of sculptures left a hand print spanning the entire lake.

The culture.

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This mountainous lakeside resort is the epitome of relaxation intertwined with the perfect balance of class. From the moment we arrived we were instantly greeted with serenity. The people, the food, and the way of life was sweetly simplistic.

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Some of the houses, or rather ‘castles’ we saw dated way back to the 1500s. The amazement of architectural structures during a period of minute technology is awe inspiring. It adds so much character to these string of towns. lake como unbrella

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When those naysayers try to convince you that there’s no such thing as love at first sight, tell them to visit this stunning part of the world and they’ll soon find themselves eating their words!

  • Beautiful pictures! I will definitely put this on my bucket list.

  • What a beautiful trip!

  • I have been, one of the most beautiful, serene places on Earth.

  • You are gorgeous!! And so are these pics…I LOVE COMO!!

  • I love italy – best country in the world!

  • You look FABULOUS in these pictures. I’ve always wanted to go to Lake Como and hopefully one day we can make it over there.

  • a-mazing. That last piccy pic of yall is my fave!!!!! xx

  • This looks AMAZING!! I’m convinced (then again, I was after just the first picture- I could almost taste that fresh mozz!).

    Heather | Port City Prescription

  • Beautiful!!

  • Beautiful photos!! Such a stunning place!! Hope to visit one day

  • WOW so stunning, all of it! Love your pictures Tara, it would be love at first sight for me too! So glad you had a wonderful getaway 🙂

  • So gorgeous and you take some beautiful photos. So glad you managed to scrtched this off your bucket list.

  • oh my goodness, Tara, this looks like a blast. The food and outfits are to die. You are seriously the cutest! Fabulous, as always, love. If you get a moment, I’d love to hear your thoughts on my latest. xx

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  • OH my goodnesss! What stunning pictures! Of course, you look gorgeous as always toO! Love all your outfits!

  • Tara, this looks incredible! My parents were just there and had wonderful things to say. Your photos are so gorgeous. Each of your outfits is perfection!!!

  • Wow, I have added it to my list officially! Looks amazing!

  • all of those pictures look amazing!! love your black dress in the last photo- classy and cute!