January 31, 2013

Travelling by Air

The quickest way to reach Lake Como, Italy is by flying.  Nowadays with  prices more accessible than ever before, air travel is as common as travelling by car.  Many airlines allow you to check-in online as well as print out your boarding pass, you can avoid waiting in numerous
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Motorboats

An excellent way to explore Lake Como is by hiring a boat which gives you a great opportunity to see many of the wonderful lakeside villas, some of which are virtually impossible to see from the road; Villa Erba, Villa D’Este, Villa Balbianello and also private villas owned by
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Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving (Scuba which stands for Self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) can be a great recreational sport.  It is a fantastic way to explore lakes, seas and oceans and find out what lurks beneath the surface; caves, old ship wrecks and of course to see the underwater
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Windsurfing and Kitesurfing

The northern section of Lake Como has plenty of space for windsurfing and kitesurfing as well as other watersports such as wakeboarding, sailing and catamaran. Two of the main places that run courses as well as equipment hire (for both windsurfing and kite-surfing) are Domaso on
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Sailing

Sailing can be an enjoyable sport for any age and ability.  When holidaying in Lake Como, you will find that there are numerous sailing schools and clubs in the area where you can either sign up for lessons or if you are a seasoned sailor, then you can hire out a yacht, sailing
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Snakes

These are reptiles that live in various habitats all over the world; dry stone walls, sunny woods, dark holes and crevices, under rocks, amongst piles of firewood, in long grass, they can even stay hidden under a pile of old leaves.  They are carnivorous reptiles and eat things
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Firefly

The firefly is a small nocturnal flying beetle that emits a glow from its body due to a natural chemical stored in its abdomen.  These bugs are from the same family as glowworms and are the only winged luminescent bug.  They are approximately 2 cm long and have a lifespan of
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Wasps, Hornets & Bees

All of the above can be a nuisance problem in the late summer months in Lake Como.  They yellowjackets, a type of wasp are known for scavenging around rubbish bins and picnic areas. However on a more positive note these insects are beneficial in their activities as predators of
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Mosquitoes

These are small flying insects, known as zanzare in Italian, are found around the world. There are approximately over 3000 species. They have a pair of scaled wings, a pair of halteres, a slender body, and six long legs. The female mosquito bites, sucking blood from humans and
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Alpini Nappina & Badge

The “nappina”  a woollen pompom was introduced in 1880 as well as the new style badge. This woollen pompom was attached to the side of the hat with the Battalion number embroidered on it and was initially red in colour. The Officers had a silver plated nappina with
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Alpini Hat

The name for the alpini hat is “a la calabrese”  and this is how you can distinguish the Alpini Soldiers from any other. The hat is the shape of an isosceles triangle on its side and is made from felt.  The colour of the hat can vary from black, green or grey. The
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