The Moto Guzzi open days on Lake Como go off with a bang
As the marques faithful followers flock to Mandello de Lario.
From Trieste it was a winding road over passes both broad and narrow.
Lakes dotting the path
To Como the Lake of Dreams
Its early September on inthe villages the fruit on the trees ready to pick
As by the weekend end the first snow had started to fall
Dusting the Alps with white and adding a chill to the air in the passes.
Then there is the history of the area such as
Bergamo it’s old and new city, home of Pope John xxiii and comrades of Garibaldi.
And the little village of
Glorenza that time almost has passed by.
And is on the door steps of the Swiss Alps.
Italy has a boot in the south and Trieste is it’s little finger hanging over the edge of the Adriatic Sea.
I visited there twice this trip.
Its had to capture the feel of a city in photos but let me tell you Trieste has a beautiful ambience.
The coast around the Miramare Castle north of the city centre is just beautiful
As are the cities major plazas that run down to the Adriatic.
The Plaza of Italian Unity
And to make is extra special for me
The Irish literary legend James Joyce visited. Though I dont think Trieste was mentioned in Ulysses!
Just a beautiful city.
The beautiful big expanse of water
Baked hot in the mid July sun
It spans the border I to Switzerland
But it’s so Italian
James Bonds amphibious car
The exuberance of the Italian language
Talking with the hands
The language almost a song.
On a hot day in July on Lago Maggoria
A carnival atop the Stelvio Pass
Its the big daddy of the Alps
2760 metres high
From Lake Como four passes to reach the top
Maloja pass through to Saint Moritz
Then climb the Ofen Pass
View from the Ofen Pass
And onto Santa Maria at the foot of Stelvio
Hotel Stelvio in Santa Maria
Then the climb on the Umblia pass
View from cafe on the Umblia pass
Bikes and cars making the climb
Higher and higher
Till the top
Looking down the valley
Across at the glacier
Standing atop the Stelvio Pass
The brochure called it the lake of dreams.
View over Lake Como from the Somana galleries above Mandello De Lario
But it’s a lake of life and vitality.
From the tourist towns like Bellagio
Bellagio from Lake Como
The narrow streets of the villages full of smells of fine food, chatter and laughter
And beautiful villages that held forged dreams that became Italian classics.
View of Mandello de Lario
Carlo Guzzi’s dream for an industry for his village
So if Lake Como is a village of dreams it’s also the essence of Italian love and lust for live, beauty and exuberance.
Village lights and moon over Lake Como
The piecemealadventurer Mandello de Lario where dreams do come true.
I want to thank the countries of Europe for boring tunnels and building motorways so there is less traffic on the beautiful mountain passes.
The piecemealadventurer atop Stelvio Pass
Riding the passes of Austria, Switzerland, and Italy to Lake Como was sublime.
Emerging from a congested Fern Pass and then onto Reschen Pass the traffic eased, the pace quickened and the dance of a motorbike carving the curves of a mountain road took form.
Lake Reschen at the top of the Pass
Looking down Reschen Pass the road in the gallery clinging to the cliff face
The old fort that guarded the Austrian Emporer (a Habsburg) from the unruly Italians
The Reschen Pass links straight to the bottom pass of the Stelvio. On a run through to Bormio.
The Umbrail Pass is just below Stelvio and with the weather closing in Stelvio was for another day.
On Umbrail Pass
With Bormio the objective before too much rain fell.
Rain over Bormio
From Bormio to Lake Como there is a tunnel or Passo Gavia. One on the highest roads in the Alps.
War memorial Passo Gavia
Atop Passo Gavia
The last miles to Lake Como is small villages that link together as one and tunnels. Pushing hard to get to the booked room before dark. The GPS suddenly announced that in 500 metres I would reach my destination. In the middle of the tunnel! I was 100 or so metres below there I was to stay. A lesson in making sure I enter a detailed and accurate address lol.
A key element of this journey was to visit Mandello Del Lario on Lake Como for the 95th birthday of Moto Guzzi.
An estimated 25,000 guzzista visited for the birthday celebrations
But discovering, seeing Lake Como nestled in the high mountains was the icing on the cake.
Or was the trip to Bergamo the icing????
View of Lake Como
So first to the Moto Guzzi the marque with the factory above the village of Mandello over looking Lake Como.
History on display
The first motorcycle to have a swing arm and rear suspension
Custom bikes to the individual taste
In the mountains around the lake there are many villages and towns.
Bergamo is one
The old part of the town, the Citta Alta providing views of the villas on the hills from the terraced restaurants and cafes.
View from the terraced cafe
Citadel from Castello Di St Viglio
It was hot on Lake Como
My bike is a Moto Guzzi Breva
Breva is the name of the light breeze that blows over Lake Como
At the end of a hot day the Breva provided welcome cool relief
And a ghosting breeze for the sailors.
Yacht drifting along powered by the Breva