Macarons and Mayhem Guide: Lake Como

MAYHEM Cantina Folie: Incredible wine bar with a very fun charcuterie menu. Great date spot Grand Hotel Tremezzo T Beach: Adult playground for drinks, seafood heavy menus, incredible views and better people-watching NOSH La Terrazza Gualtiero at Grand Hotel Tremezzo: Special occasion Michelin-starred risotto that comes with a certificate of authenticity L’Escale Trattoria: Casual outpost…

Venice, Italy

Is there anything more classically Italian than a boat ride zipping down the Grand Canal in Venice with its colorful world passing you by and the country’s flag waving proudly in the background? Perhaps more so are the colorful buildings, meandering alleyways, and countless canals (and cannolis!) that await your disembarkation.

Mazzorboro, Italy

The sleepiest island just a stroll over the bridge from Burano. You could easily miss the gorgeous grounds of Venissa by walking the main pedestrian way on the perimeter of the island, but if you hit the entry just right, you’ll find yourself in this enchanted garden. Filled with modern art, fruits and vegetable plants,…

Central Como AirBnB

This might be my first AirBnB review and was probably the best experience to date with their properties. The home looked exactly like the photos and I’d whole-heartedly recommend the space to anyone visiting Como. Here’s the listing as well as some highs and lows: PROS CONS Pictured exactly as shown on the web Have…

Ausonia Hungaria- Lido

After staying at the gorgeous Ausonia Hungaria in 2019 I fell hard and fast for this oasis perfectly situated between the touristically crowded Venice and the Adriatic Sea. Despite more of a last minute booking during high season, I knew my parents would enjoy the property as well and insisted it would make for an…

Al Cavaliere- Lido

Travel days are always weird ones in terms of meal timings, especially with two parents in tow, so the day we arrived in Lido was no exception. In desperate need of a 17:00 dinner, we stumbled across Al Cavaliere who thankfully was serving nonstop for folks like us. Upon entering, I realized I’d dined here…

Burano, Italy

Little pink (and blue and green and yellow and orange…) houses for you and me… Astute and crumbling crayon-colored houses line the sleepy canals of Burano in their various states of disarray. A microcosm of the best parts of Venice, the tiny island is awash in colorful meandering streets sprinkled with old churches and shops…

Grand Hotel Tremezzo & T Beach

Grand Hotel Tremezzo holds such a special place in my heart after spending several afternoons and evenings there a few years ago. While I was just staying down the road, the hotel was such a fun mix of high-end hospitality and whimsy that I absolutely could not resist it. I was so grateful that T…

Hotel Bazzoni- Tremezzo

Another day, another chance to check out a new hotel! Since Grand Hotel Tremezzo was not in the (credit) cards for this trip, we checked into the Hotel Bazzoni, just a skip across the dock at Tremezzo. It’s also directly on a (car-sickening) bus route back to Como. We were kindly able to check-in early…

NYX Milano

On the quest for an inexpensive crash pad the night before a train trip out of Milan, I met my friend at the cheap and cheerful NYX Milano. Service was top notch, the locale was just across from Milano Centrale, and brekky was included. What more could you ask for for a few hours rest?…

Terrazza Calabritto- Milano

Another day, another outstanding Milano dining experience…or maybe it was just really great to get away from Swiss cuisine, either way, Terrazza Calabritto was an absolute standout. I wasn’t expecting it to be so mind-blowingly gorgeous or have such attentive, but non-intrusive service. This is the place you go where your partner proposes at home…

Ristorante Caruso- Milano

On Easter Sunday, on my own in a new city, I enjoyed Facetiming with my family, but also decided to pay homage to them by dining at Ristorante Caruso, part of our namesake. While the hotel of the restaurant, Grand Hotel et de Milan, was positioned for old world charm, maybe it was just a…