Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

The attractions of Lake Como go without saying! We used the ferries to travel round the lake stopping off at pretty towns and villas along the way. Not only practical, they are a great way to admire the stunning scenery in a leisurely fashion. One of the loveliest trips we took was aboard one of the original paddle steamers, the historic Milano.Β We were heading up to the less touristy northern end of the lake following a tip from Julia, our tour guide on our day trip over to St Moritz (see here for last week’s instalment). She had highly recommended a visit to the Abbazia di Piona (Piona Abbey) – both for its beautiful church and gardens and to sample the monks’ alcoholic beverages, a cure-all apparently for all manner of ailments!



The Old Paddle Ship, The Milano, On Lake Como


I will have to save the Piona tour for next week as some gremlins have been at work on my computer and I’ve spent a frustrating couple of hours trying to fix it! The Milano, however, deserves a post in her own right. Built in 1904 as a paddle steamer, she was converted into motor and screw propulsion in 1926. Today she regularly plies the lake route – normally in low season she goes all the way from Como City to Colico in the north (just round the promontory from Piona). In the main season she turns round at Menaggio and Varenna before heading south again.



We were enchanted by her old world charm and spent a pleasant time chatting to the crew about her history. If you’re staying on Lake Como, it’s well worth trying to find out the Milano’s schedule as it was such fun to cruise up and down the lake on such a beautiful boat and feel part of the lake’s heritage.



We passed Dongo (where Mussolini was arrested by partisans towards the end of the 2nd World War) and Gravedonna before heading across to the little landing stage at Piona. After several assurances from the crew that they would be back to pick us up in a hour or so’s time we headed off up the little wooded path leading to the abbey entrance. More to follow next week!



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20 thoughts on “A Cruise On The Historic Milano

  1. Looks lovely and what a splendid day to cruise on the lake. (Suzanne)

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    1. It was a beautiful trip Suzanne – exhilarating as it was sunny but very brisk up on deck! The scenery was magnificent and the old boat so graceful! πŸ™‚


  2. ledrakenoir says:

    So beautiful scenert captured here, so fascinating… πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Drake – lovely to be on a boat in such beautiful surroundings! πŸ™‚

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  3. The boat looks so beautiful Rosemary and sounds like a really great day out. Blue skies too to make it even better!

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    1. The Milano was such a beautiful boat Joy – such character from a bygone era and yet she is still going strong! It was gorgeous – sunny but with a strong wind coming down off the mountains! πŸ™‚

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  4. KerryCan says:

    This looks amazing! I love any boat trip, any time, but a historic boat makes it even better!

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    1. It was a lovely trip Kerry – so lovely sailing along the lake in such a beautiful old boat! πŸ™‚


  5. restlessjo says:

    You’re so right- nothing beats being out on the water surrounded by all that majesty. The steamer is the icing on the cake, Rosemay. She’s lovely! πŸ™‚

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    1. She’s a beautiful old boat Jo – can highly recommend a trip on her and all part of the Lake Como scheduled ferry service too. The Alps come into view in the northern part of Lake Como and it’s simply a stunning place! πŸ™‚

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  6. That is what I call a ferry boat! Lovely pictures as usual!

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    1. Isn’t the Milano wonderful Andrew? Thanks the photos take themselves with such stunning scenery – could have sailed around the lake all day! πŸ™‚

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  7. What a perfect weather for a cruise on the lake. Despite the sun, I always feel cold when I take a boat trip, and you look well dressed as well ! Was it windy ?

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    1. Yes it was very windy Gin and despite the sun quite chilly! Was a wonderful cruise on the lake even though I did need some hot drinks to warm myself up! πŸ™‚

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  8. Dear Mam..I was literally awestruck by the breataking snaps you had taken…your sincere hardwork and passion towards photography is reflected in all the snaps you had shared…

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    1. Thanks – glad you like the photos! πŸ™‚


  9. cruiseplannersctwv says:

    WOW!, what a spectacular trip and I just love the ship! Great blog.

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    1. Thanks so much! The Milano is a lovely old boat – glad you like the blog! πŸ™‚

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