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Wedged between Lake Como and Lake Lugano lies ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ผ ๐—ฉ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜†, where dozens of sleepy villages nestle among the mountains. Sitting in the shadow of more notorious Como and Clooney-inhabited towns, this area hardly ever makes the cut on foreign bucket lists. But you will never know the taste of true Northern Italian countryside life until you venture out this far. Lemi ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ ๐˜€๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€, ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ถ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜†, ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ!

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Porlezza

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Como, Italy • Recommendation • 

With a population of almost 5000 souls, ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜‡๐˜‡๐—ฎ is the hip and happening this side of the valley. The colours of ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ผ change with the seasons and with the weather. Peachy at dawn and painted in scarlet at sunset. Vibrant in greens in the summer haze. Shrouded in mist on early autumn mornings. Steel-blue under a cloudless midwinter sky. ๐—ž๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜‡๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€, sipping on a glass of local wine, and just enjoy the slow life under a vault of sparkling stars.

  • 22018 Porlezza, Province of Como, Italy

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L'incontro Ristorante & Pizzeria

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Como, Italy • Recommendation • 

When I'm back in Porlezza, Lorenzo's restaurant is where you will find me on most days. Be it on a date, a pizza night with friends or a birthday party, ๐—Ÿ'๐—œ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ผ can accommodate them all. The weekday ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏรน ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ or lunch set, which rotates daily, is a favourite with the local working crowd (or with people like me, too lazy to cook ๐Ÿ˜‹). It will leave you with a happy tummy and a happy wallet. The ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜‚' is simply heavenly. Try it, trust me, I'm known to be both a tiramisรน fan and pretty picky about it, and this is still the best I've ever eaten (sorry grandma). You can check on their Facebook page what they will be serving on that day: https://m.facebook.com/Ristorante-Pizzeria-Lincontro-367520707242038/?__tn__=kCH-R&eid=ARDd9Wv1zrnEL2wmH_LZKWPpBuKPzr9AlZ3xfU7-jmFYYKXNA1QBChdAZb2mhM4YwMIBDNqbf_IRfBzS&hc_ref=ARRD2WwhfdYHaMpnAtd-ax8IPB0UKQcHozI6xcNq6QBSVF72Mzm9tenCFdzfI2WO69Q&fref=nf&__xts__

  • Via Ceresio, 9/H, 22018 Porlezza CO, Italy

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Il Ritrovo

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Como, Italy • Recommendation • 

With a name that translates as ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต, ๐—œ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ is a favourite among locals and tourists alike. While they are famous for their delicious seafood and off-the-grill dishes, their seasonal specialties are the real icing on the cake. The chefs blend local and international flavours into unexpected combinations that will leave your eyes and tastebuds pleasantly surprised. Having said that, my favourite dish is the ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ถ ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ: prawns, pineapple and strawberry (yes, strawberry!) served over a bed of rice and slathered in lip-smacking curry sauce. Do save space for dessert, trust me it will be worth it. A special mention goes to the location too. Take a break between courses with a stroll through the garden and catch some sun right on the waterfront! ๐Ÿ’ฌ Italian, English, German. https://www.ritrovoristorante.it/

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Carlazzo

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Como, Italy • Recommendation • 

If you head up the mountain to take in some stunning views of Porlezza, you'll reach the unassuming village of ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜‡๐˜‡๐—ผ. The village itself hugs the slope and spills down into the valley, making it appear bigger than it really is. The valley area that straddles the main street, is more lively and commercial. But it's in the mountain area where you will find the ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป, with its preserved buildings and hiking trails snaking through forest and open fields. Carlazzo, just as Porlezza, ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ท๐—ผ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป. I love taking a stroll on crisp winter mornings, right after a snowfall has blanketed the landscape in blue and white. Those same paths have an attractively eerie quality on autumn afternoons, shrouded in thick fog. Spring and summer are both blissfully green and covered in flowers. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, and soak in the atmosphere of slow country life.

  • 22010 Carlazzo, Province of Como, Italy

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Bar Fantasia Bar

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Como, Italy • Memory • 

Curious to know how Italians hang out in tiny countryside towns? ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ is the real deal, no frills. The local crowd gathers here after work to chat and chill over ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฐ served by the friendly owner, Luca. In Carlazzo's old town, the bar also doubles up as landmark, tobacconist, fax machine and bus ticket reseller.

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Menaggio

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Como, Italy • Recommendation • 

๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ผ is probably one of the most famous towns on this list, though not the biggest nor the most populated. As a ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฏ it attracts its fair number of tourists every year, and many locals consider it a "city". With breathtaking lake views and a beautifully landscaped waterfront, it has nothing to envy to its bigger brother Como.

  • 22017 Menaggio, Province of Como, Italy

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