Most of you probably already have a healthy case of wanderlust if you are a regular here at Inspiring Wit. Now I will add another breathtaking spot in Italy, Mandello Del Lario to your travel wish list. Trust me, it is more than just Motto Guzzi!
BEAUTIFUL MANDELLO DEL LARIO
Last year we spent a week in Mandello Del Lario. A small town located on the side of Lake Como, in Italy’s north, Mandello is breathtaking. With a population of about 10,000, the town is small, the streets very narrow and winding and the lake stunning.
Best known for being the town responsible for the famous Motto Guzzi motorcycles, while we were there we saw PLENTY! We just happened to be around for the annual Motto Guzzi festival weekend. The weekend brings thousands of Motto Guzzi lovers together from around the world for a big party (with seriously amazing Italian food I might add). Believe me, with the winding narrow town streets, a motorbike like this is necessary.
It was a loud but very fun event and I still remember vividly hanging out at the long dinner tables with the crowds of revellers and towns people. My broken understanding of Italian was clearly highly amusing to our hosts and I know Mario and I both wished we could speak it fluently.
Let me know if you speak Italian! If it is a second language, how did you find it to learn?
This year marks the 95th anniversary, which will be a MASSIVE one! Is anyone going?
MANDELLO DEL LARIO
GETTING TO MANDELLO
To get to Mandello, we took a train in from the airport, but you can easily grab a train out from Milan, the nearest capital. The train stops in Lecco, from there you can jump on a bus or drive. Milan is maybe an hour away by train and many people commute to work in the city every day. Those trains get mighty full!
While we were staying we went out to Milan a few times, to wander the city, eat and enjoy the BEST gelato and window shop. I’ll share more of that later.
MILANO AND THE WORLD’S FAIR
Another cool thing we did one night was go to the Milan Worlds Fair with our hosts. It was a fun night of exploring just a fraction of the installations from countries around the world.
Looking back, I think I liked the Israel tent the least as you were trapped into sections of it with flashing lights and GIANT screens that hurt my eyes. I remember the France pavilion being full of beautiful looking food. That night we enjoyed tasting various food from around the world for dinner. We were even made fresh cannoli as we were leaving! IT WAS AMAZING!
Anyone one else a massive cannoli fan? YUM!
Lake Como is a beautiful part of the world. We took a ferry out to Bellagio (post on that gem of a spot to follow) or you could head to Como itself. On a previous trip I had taken a train from Milano to Como and had lunch and wandered around the lake edge. I have vivid memories of that trip too. I can not tell you enough how this lake MUST be added to your list!
On our first afternoon, we went down to the lakeside with our host, Mario’s old friend (who was probably the smartest and funniest girl I have met in many years!) to wander along the lake and sit down with a gelato. BEST way to spend a day right? By the way the best gelato was from Gelateria Dulcis in Fundo. ;)
I was so snap happy and everything looked postcard perfect. Boats bobbing in the water or drying overturned on the banks. People fishing, strolling arm in arm, eating, licking off melting gelato, swimming… It was something else. Not busy either. There is something untouched about this lakeside town. Not being overcome with tourists is such a breath of fresh air.
BEEN TO MANDELLO?
Take me back! Has anyone ever gone? Where did you stay? Have any accomodation recommendations? How did you go if you were driving? Those narrow winding streets are something else, right? Anyone else get inspired to go for a morning or afternoon run? I found it so rewarding, either heading up or down the mountains to the lake.