Mandello del Lario: The Less Touristic Coast of Lake Como

When my sweetheart told me that he wanted to swim across trhe lake, vivid apocalyptic scenes started to torment my delicate mind. As the person, who can’t swim and is reluctant to go beyond the waist water level, that I am, you can only imagine (or maybe you can’t) how scary this sounds.

However, since another 700 people were going to take part in that event, I insightfully guessed that it shouldn’t be so hazardous. Plus, I would see a new place on the lake, so there we were, let’s do it! Actually, let him do it!

While the guys were being transported by boat on the other coast I did a quick exploration of the town, which was desert because everyone was either attending the swim challenge or waiting on the shore for the swimmers.

Mandello is on the Easterns side of the lake, which is also the less touristic. I was probably the only non-Italian in the surroundings. It is a tiny fishermen’s village with a few resturants and bars, many picturesque little lanes and plants and an unpretentiosly appealing quiet demeanor.

For being such a small place I took quite a good amount of pics (that you can see below). After my quick stroll I had to return to the ‘base’ and wait for my love to appear from the lake’s waters.

Would you like to visit this relax-friendly village or do you prefer more lively places?

  • Gorgeous photography and gorgeous town! I prefer to see the hustle and bustle city for a day or two just to see the sights and then go relax and explore the nooks and crannies of the small quiet towns. http://www.ourfoodieappetite.com/zynodoa-restaurant-review-staunton-va/

    • Thank you, dear! I agree, once in a while it’s good to go to a place where you can do nothing but relax ?

  • reportingtheworldover

    Mandello has a beautiful lakeshore walk, which you have walked, I can tell by the photographs. It is also home to one of Italy’s legends in motorsports, Moto Guzzi. They have got a museum you can visit, though opening hours are incredibly restricted (Wednesdays only!), but I can tell you, it’s really worth your time!

    • I didn’t know that. Thank you for sharing the information ?

  • So beautiful!! I love lake Como <3!! Thanks for the tips and great pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you for stopping by, Jessica. Yes, the lake Como is a guarantee itself. Whatever is situated on its coasts is enchanting.

  • Love exploring and love your pics…I do like pictures of doors for some reason and you have captured a few ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’m kind of obsessed with doors and windows ? but I try to limit myself when I post pics on the blog ?

  • Gorgeous photos, and I’m glad your other half survived his swim and that you got some exploration time! I think I would have taken your choice too. I studied in Italy for about five months and have to say that, because I was there from January until May, I loved the quietness of places as there were less tourist groups around. You get to more fully appreciate things in my opinion, though of course, what would Rome be without the hustle and bustle??

    • Thank you, Kevin! So you were in Rome? It’s such a chaotic city, I don’t know if I could live there. I love Milan, especially in August when it is so empty and, as you said, it’s possible to better enjoy it. In all the othet months the small tranquil gems are just a step away.

      • I lived in a small town called Ferrara but got to visit the more touristy places over the months. Rome was amazing but I certainly couldn’t have survived the chaos for very long. Unfortunately for me I had no transport for reaching the smaller places; I would love to just travel between villages and tiny towns at some point.

        • You are right, many places are reachable only by car but there are some exceptions like Mandello and most of the villages on the lake coast. The more you go to the North of Italy the better connected by transport it becomes.

  • I need a plane ticket immediately! Gorgeous place, great photos. You made me want to visit before I saw the photos.

    • Wow really? Thank you ๐Ÿ˜€ it’s def worth the plane ride, as, actually, most of the Italian towns and villages