Lake Como and the Bernina Express - Updated 07/05/2015


Lake Como and the Bernina Express, 18th - 25th April 2015.

Thirty-eight U3A members enjoyed a really superb holiday. Lake Como is a large lake in the foothills of the Alps in Northern Italy. Discovery Travel, as usual, did us proud. The 4-star Grand Hotel Menaggio, with its stunning location by the lake, was most comfortable. We enjoyed the four course evening meals & there was lots of choice. The staff were most efficient & friendly. Agnes, our courier was most solicitous.


On Sunday we met Beatrice who was to be our guide for the next few days. We had a sail and she pointed out many places of interest for future reference.


Monday saw us travelling by coach to Tirano to join the famous Bernina Express. It was a breathtaking, most momentous ride, and one never to be forgotten. Cameras were in overdrive for the spectacular journey. We alighted at St. Moritz, the Swiss sports resort. There we had lunch and a short look around before rejoining our coach for the return journey to Menaggio. We had a brief stop at a charming village called Chiaverra for a welcome drink.


On Tuesday we went by coach to a family run vineyard. The owner spoke no English, so Beatrice did her best to translate his animated dialogue. We sampled three wines, the enjoyed a tasty light lunch with more wine!


Wednesday, we visited the nearby Villa Carlotta & its botanical gardens. April was the best time to see the magnificent blooms and myriad shrubs & trees. The inside of the villa, with its many art treasures, was well worth a visit too. Afterwards, we went by coach to nearby Lenno for lunch before sailing back to Menaggio.


Thursday & Friday were free days. Some folk sailed to Bellagio or other surrounding villages. Others stayed in Menaggio, taking it easy and eating & drinking.


Thanks to Mike Crickett for organising the holiday. The scenery, the convivial company and the weather were momentous.


As Dr Johnson said “A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what it is expected a man should see."


Agnes Walker

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