Locarno and Lake Como

Traveling through Europe in a semester is incredible.  Study abroad is a once in a life time opportunity, and I am thankful for every moment.  Study abroad is also similar to a marathon.  To combat fatigue, a few of us decided to stay in Lugano for the weekend.  Instead of an overnight adventure, we took small day trips to learn more about the area of Europe in which we live.

On Friday, we headed to Locarno, Switzerland, a lake town similar to Lugano, but located an hour west.  Locarno was quiet and laid back, and we loved wondering through the streets without a map.

We took advantage of the beautiful weather and ate lunch al fresco.

Swiss chocolate is so photogenic. 

On Saturday, we ventured an hour south into Italy to experience Lake Como.  

Rumor has it that George Clooney once owned a home near the lake, so we wanted to experience the Hollywood-worthy town.  

Lake Como was beautiful and overall very similar to Lugano.

Saturday turned out to be an incredible day to visit Como, because markets pop up all over the city on the weekends.  

I loved the whimsy of this little lake town.

Como's Duomo

You know you're in Italy when there are cute, narrow streets everywhere.