Alternative transport in the Como region ranges from ferries, to speedboats to...
...motorcycles, two wheels good,...
...buses (this in Menaggio), four wheels good,...
...roadtrains, 20 wheels bad, way uncool! And of course...
...cars, 4 wheels bad, but at least we eventually found at least one of the villas owned by Sr. Georgio Cloonitti.
Cars in Como fall into the 4 wheels bad category, particularly those with a foreign numberplate, any size above compact and any condition other than well-dinged, as this two lane road around the lake is narrow, with blind bends, protruding rocks, sudden chicanes, wandering bikes, staggering old ladies and deranged local drivers hugging bumpers and flashing lights. The bugcrew have driven all over the world and two of our most dangerous incidents in the last ten years were in Italy.
Sad because the Como road is spectacularly beautiful. The solution is to stop, find a lakeside restaurant and chill until the boy racers have gone home. Or take the bus.
Lake Como heading for sunset as a slow ferry heads for home. Lake Como Pictures Start.
Lake Como weather tends towards mild as the lake water mediates temperatures, making the region warmer in winter and cooler in summer. The winter temperature average 1C - 7C (January is the coldest month), while summertime (July and August) they reach 18C - 30C. Nights are cool due to the mountainous surroundings.
May and October are statistically the wettest months, while winter (November to March) can get cold and many attractions are closed but accommodation is much cheaper.
So...the best months to visit Lake Como would be June, September (warm and fewer tourists), July, August (dry, very warm but lots of other travellers) and April (a bit chilly but fewer non-locals) unless you've got a resistance to cold.
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