Between the Calm Water Line and the Silent Mountains
So once I found myself somewhere in North Italy again. Was neither a planned trip nor I went there for some specific reason. I guess the ultimate reason was that it’s the first and cheapest train.
This is something particular in Italy. In the days I used to live there I never stepped into a place and felt there was no history here. You see, Lombardia is a region fairly more developed and did catch up with the contemporary age. But even here you can feel, in the kitchen, they still cook their ricetta di nonna.
Lecco is a very small town by Como Lake, and Como is famous for having the house of George Clooney on the lake. There are a lot of small towns around Lago di Como which I have been also in Varenna Esino and Bellagio, there are couple of transportation options over the lake or with train, really nice restaurants and cute small pieces of local architecture. Still the atmosphere almost makes you feel like there is an invisible fog and you are walking on the fictional clouds.
Whole scene is a heaven for a landscape photographer. Lake is surrounded by glamorous mountains; each one of them huge and far and light dances over the water near the foothills. It creates a whole play of shadows. Sense of time would be lost and plans would be forgotten as long as you walk in the small town or by the lake.
Color changes immensely between a cafe break. When you are out night falls and you simply cannot move because around evening time when the dark blue sky rises the invisible fairyland fog disappears and you find a very clear and lucid view. It creates a feeling that it is from glass that makes you scared to touch. The yellow and orange street lights appear as a final touch on a painting.
One definitely feels some sort of magic near this lake. It has a character that calls you back, invites you to stay. But again, where not in Italy…