Last Saturday, Massi and I took the morning and good part of the afternoon to do a whirlwind trip around Lake Como, passing through Lecco, Varenna, and eventually scaling up the mountainside back to Passo San Marco and returning to Bergamo through San Pellegrino. I'm not actually going to list various reasons George Clooney (and now Amal) can be found gallivanting around the Lake Como area in the summers, I think it's pretty obvious- it's gorgeous. As well, being by the lake takes away some of the intense heat due to the cool breeze coming off the water, so the temperature is just perfect. On the way to Varenna, we stopped at a lakeside bar with the most darling terrace, characteristically covered in vines and furnished with wrought iron tables and chairs. It was the perfect pit-stop to enjoy the lake and indulge in my newest obsession- Lugana white wine (am I late on this bandwagon? It's the ideal summer white wine, not too sweet, not too dry...so refreshing!). Lunch was had, instead, up in the mountains at Osteria Ortesida. We had the pizzoccheri, perhaps the most famous dish from that area of the valley which is basically like an extremely sophisticated version of mac&cheese in the sense that it's a pasta dish with melted local cheeses, potatoes, and this time there was also cabbage. On the way up to Passo San Marco, we decided to take a little afternoon snooze on the mountainside. I felt like I was somewhere in Middle Earth, or Ireland. Ok, I've never been to Ireland but for some reason I imagine it to be like the photos you'll see below...Lots coming up in questa dolce vita since starting August 8th, all of Italy, including yours truly, goes on vacation for the famed Ferragosto "holiday" and Massi and I will be taking you all on a motorcycle tour of Tuscany, Umbria, Abruzzo, and Le Marche before we head out to Ireland for a fabulous Canadian/Irish wedding where I will be sure to Instagram (the venue is a CASTLE!)....Where are ya'll headed for summer vacation?
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Jasmine is a former pharmacist turned writer and wine drinker from Alberta, Canada living "the sweet life" in Bergamo, Italy.
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