Lake Como, with it’s serene mountain views and gorgeous lakes in endless shades of blue and green is a haven for tourists who want to experience a quiet and restful escape. While we love to see all the mandatory touristy things, we also have an incurable desire to find some place a little off the beaten path, which is exactly what we found when we hopped in the car and explored the area around Gravedona. (This area is most infamous for the capture and execution of Mussolini.)
Because this beach was mostly frequented by locals (and the odd American family!) we had it all to ourselves that morning… an unexpected luxury for sure!
The air was still except for a light, cool breeze and the atmosphere almost holy with the silence being broken only occasionally by the kids as they collected rocks and built little pools for their cars to splash in.
I was mesmerized by the fog, a quiet reminder of the storm the night before, as it melted listlessly away from the valleys.
Over the years we have discovered that the places most memorable to our family are the ones that didn’t show up in the guide books. I almost feel guilty for letting such a treasured secret out, but if you go to the Lake Como area, I highly recommend this pretty little pebbly beach in Gravedona, not only because it is quiet and beautiful, but also because it is one of the areas where you and the kids can actually swim in the water.
What about you? Do you prefer to stick to your guide books or do you make room in your schedule for unexpected discoveries?
You can also visit A Subtle Revelry to see the picnic we had on this same gorgeous beach and the no-sew picnic blanket I created the night before we left for our three week road trip!