A sleeping pill gave me a good night’s rest while still battling jet lag. We were awakened at 7am by the peal of church bells. A wonderful buffet breakfast in the hotel of cold cuts (including Parma ham), granola, yogurt, pastries, cheeses, bread and blueberry tart was served. Delicious.
As we were on our own today, we took the ferry to Belaggio, the most commercialized and visited town along the lake. The “streets” are essentially cobblestone lanes crisscrossed by cobbled stairways, lined with businesses. Because the Lake Como area produces some of the finest silks in Italy, we purchased some scarves as gifts. A wine shop that we entered (Enoteca Cava Turacciolo) was advertising a wine tasting later that afternoon, which we would be unable to make. Legs of prosciutto di San Daniele were hanging from the ceiling, another air-cured ham like its Parma cousin.
We next hopped on the ferry to Menaggio, a short ride to the western side of Lake Como. Most of the shops were closed because of pausa pranzo, the afternoon lunch break. Lucky for us, a gelateria was still open where we enjoyed the lemon and melon flavors.