On New Year's Eve we packed up and drove the short hour up to Lake Como - first stop, Varenna! The road was practically in the water!
Put me in any city in Italy and I'll tell you it's Italy because they all use the same colors of paint lol!
The lake is lined with elegant 19th century villas and crowned by snowcapped mountains. Ferries, hydrofoils, and slower recreational boats crisscross the lake during the peak season. It's a great place to take a break from the sightseeing intensity of the rest of Italy.
After a short ride we saw the swanky hotels on the banks of Bellagio.
We found one place that was open and it was so nice and warm, the food was good and came out super fast!
Cute lanes lined by classic Italian buildings.
In the summer I would love to come back and eat right here.
We went to the "beach" again and let the kids throw more rocks.
We found an airbnb high up in the hills overlooking the lake. It was teeny and cozy and cute and comfy. I read my book by the fire for hours while the kids happily played together. A perfect New Year's Eve.
In the morning we got a great view before making our way back home.
My favorite part about coming home? When the kids recognize where we are they erupt into a spontaneous and loud chorus of "WE LOVE HOME!" I caught a bit on camera:
It was a wonderful way to end 2016! Looking forward to all that 2017 has in store including our big move back to the states!