Entries by LA BREVA

Il Caminetto, Gittana

No longer Lake Como’s best kept secret, this quaint but wonderful restaurant, tucked away in the charming hamlet of Gittana just north of Varenna, celebrates home cooked Italian cuisine at its very best.

Vacation and Travel Tips – Lake Como impressions

Some impressions of our stay. The “tourist” towns are nice but it’s worth exploring the “working towns” like Mandello del Lario or Lecco, as there are some wonderful restaurants there and both have very pleasant parks along the Lake Como where you can have a scenic walk and the shops are often more low key […]

Motoguzzi factory in Mandello del Lario

Motoguzzi factory in Mandello del Lario – vacation and Travel Tips. For any keen motorcyclists out there, how about a trip to the original site of the Motoguzzi factory in Mandello del Lario? It is now a quirky museum and dead easy to get to by train if you don’t have your own transport.

History comes to life in Dongo – End of WWII Museum

End of WWII Museum The winding lakeside roads that lead from Como to Dongo are still the same today as those taken on 27th April 1945 by the German motorcade hiding Italy’s Fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini. It was in the square dedicated today to Giulio Paracchini, a martyr of the Resistance, that Mussolini was discovered […]

Villa Ambra Menaggio

Nestling in the hamlet of Croce, high above the bustling lakeside town of Menaggio, sits the magnificent Villa Ambra. It’s a wonderful villa, beautifully spacious with modern furnishings, comfortably able to accommodate our party of 10 with its 5 double bedrooms and adjoining bathrooms. 

Chiavenna – Morbegno Ciapponi’s & Cheese!

One of the most beautiful small towns in Italy Next time you visit Lake Como on holiday, it’s well worth exploring the nearby Valchiavenna region south of the Swiss border. Situated just 20 kilometres north of Colico on the river Mera is Chiavenna, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful small towns […]

XMAS in Milan & Lake Como

Oh Bej , Oh Bej, nestling beneath Milan’s historic Castello Sforzesco Think of the world’s great Xmas markets and cities such as Berlin, Prague, Cracow and Brussels will probably spring to mind. These days even London’s Southbank boasts an imitation, but this year in the company of a couple of close friends we decided to […]