lake como :: arriving in Dervio

I am so excited to finally start posting about our holiday in Lake Como - having too many things you want to blog about is a problem I'm more than happy to have, but it does mean that things can get pushed back a little bit. I hope you don't mind!

We spent a good while at the beginning of the year to try and decide our holiday location. We kind of knew we wanted Italy, but Italy alone is so full of amazing places - Amalfi coast? Tuscany? Lake Garda, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore? And that's after we ruled out the most popular cities, as we wanted a bit more of a scenic escape.

Having asked tips from native Italians, seasoned travellers and fellow wanderlusters, we ended up choosing Lake Como, and we are both incredibly happy that we did!

The other winning decision we made was to book an apartment on AirBnb. I'm sure everyone knows about this site, but just in case you don't, it's a place where you can find private rooms or entire apartments to rent all over the world. It's generally cheaper than a hotel, very convenient and comfortable (provided you check out reviews and make sure you're choosing somewhere good!), and you really get a sense of having your own home away from home.

We rented a lovely and modern attic apartment in the town of Dervio, North East of the lake. The apartment was spotlessly clean, very cosy, lots of natural light and more than spacious enough for two. You can check it out here - their prices start at 25 pounds a night which is ridiculously good value! It was located right by the train station, the supermarket and a few minutes walk away from the lakefront and ferry dock. I'm just recommending this place for anyone who might be interested, as we had such a good experience there - we had everything we could possibly need, including a coffee machine with free capsules, a well-equipped kitchen, very good wi-fi, tourist info... pretty perfect.

Back to the day we arrived.

Our train journey from Milan airport was a bit of a nuisance, as Italian trains are not the most reliable and there is usually no staff around to help you out! A cancelled train, a near-miss connection and a few hours later, we made it to the quiet and quaint little town of Dervio.

Being one of the less touristy towns around the lake, in my opinion it was an ideal place to stay - we felt like locals, walking along the edge of the water while actual locals chatted to each other and brave, greying men geared up to wind surf and others fished peacefully.

The day we arrived, we walked around the town, took in the stunning views, had cocktails and pizza at a restaurant overlooking the lake, and talked about the places we'd visit in the upcoming days.

A wonderful start to a wonderful trip!