I promised myself that the next time I came to Europe I would make it to Lake Como. I’ve always heard about this hidden gem off in the Italian Alps, and now after visiting Lake Como; I know it is just that. When we were finally on the train ride over to Lake Como I had butterflies, I was so excited. Not only would we get to swim all the time, but we splurged a little and reserved a really cute bed and breakfast. A welcome break from the dorm rooms in our hostels. We took the ferry from the train station to the little lakeside town called Bellagio. Bellagio was adorable and the water looked clean, cold and inviting. We were in Bellagio for the Fourth of July, and as much as we both missed being at Lake Tahoe for the 4th we were happy to be by a beautiful lake. We felt right at home. Our two days at Bellagio were spent stand up paddle-boarding. We met the nicest Italian man who rented us the boards both days. We rented paddle boards from him the first day which was great, then we go to dinner and he was our waiter. His name was Mich and he was really awesome. He told us if we ever came back to Como we’d have a place to stay and we could take out his boards anytime. We really wanted to see as much of the Lake as possible so we spent the next two nights at an apartment on a different side of the lake. The apartment was up on the hillside and had an amazing view. We cooked food, pasta of course, and relaxed for the next two days, looking at the mountains above, and the lake below. Lake Como was unbelievably spectacular, a must see off the beaten path in anyone’s trip to Italy.