Como is one of the biggest cities along Lake Como and from Varenna it was about an hour ride on the fast, high-speed ferry. I left on a 7:40 ferry to Menaggio and then took the connecting high-speed ferry, so I was in Como around 9 am...just in time to have a relaxing cappuccino before walking around.
My first stop was the Como Cathedral which was very nice...both inside and outside.
I sketched part of it...the Como Duomo.
I found a nice courtyard garden that was well cared for.
I walked around a bit especially in the historic center. I love the older buildings.
I sat on my travel chair and started painting the street above. Midway down on the left is a restaurant. A man wearing an apron came out and walked over to see what I was doing. He told me the restaurant was his and asked if he could take a photo of what I was doing. I told him he could but that I still had a lot to do on the painting and he might prefer taking a photo later. He came out a second time to look and told me that when I was finished to come inside and he would make me lunch. He seemed so honored that I was painting his restaurant. The restaurant had a display case filled with all kinds of fresh pasta and assorted sauces (garlic and oil, tomato, pesto, bolognase). I picked my pasta (cheese and spinach ravioli) and my sauce (tomato) and he took it in the back to cook it. It was just delicious and was served with a little basket of crunchy Italian bread. I offered him the painting but he said I should keep it to remember his restaurant. He just took a photo of the completed painting and said when he looks at it he will think of me. I told him that when I look at the painting I will think of him and his food. I thought he was so nice. I got a big hug when I left.
Here is my painting of the street and L'Ora della Pasta.
Next I walked along the harbor to the funicular which goes to the top of the hillside to the town of Brunate. It was a really steep ride as you can see from the photo. I was glad I wasn't walking. lol
The view was great looking down to Como.
The lake was soooo far down!
I did one sketch of this last view.
Before leaving Como I took a few more photos around the harbor area.
It was a fun day in Como and I even bought a bracelet for myself. Yes!