January 28, 2013

Varenna

A wonderful small medieval village situated on a steep hillside with narrow alleys that lead down to the lakeside.  The ruins of Castle Vezio sits atop this steep hillside which was the last home of a 7th century Lombard Queen, Theodolinda. Although it is much smaller than
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Alpini

The Alpini (Alpines in English) were an elite group of Italian soldiers, formed in 1872 and to date are the oldest active mountain infantry in the world. Their mission was to protect Italy’s northern mountain border with Austria and France. The first mission abroad for the
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Bugs & Reptiles

Researching bugs, reptiles and other animals that you may see on your travels is always a good idea.  It is better to be aware of possible  poisonous or venomous species and what to look out for rather than not knowing at all. If you are curious as to what types of bugs and
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Flora and Fauna

Owing to the surrounding mountains that create the unique micro-climate on Lake Como, the area is covered with lush vegetation which includes; vines and fig, pomegranate, olive, chestnut, and oleander trees. Chestnut and conifer woods and large areas of pastureland cover the
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Seasons

Lake Como is known for its relatively mild weather. Average daily temperatures range from about 2 °C (36°F) in January to 30°C (86°F) in July.    Due to the unusual micro-climate of Lake Como, the summers tend to be long and winters are short and mild. Summer conditions can begin
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Lake Como Winds

Lake Como has a complex wind system due to all the surrounding valleys. The two most commonly known winds which sweep across the lake are the tivano which blows from a valley called “Valtellina” from the north-east in the morning and the breva which blows from the south in the
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