On Summer-Sundays never on Lake Como …
Buongiorno amici! Probably many of you have made a ride on one of the Lake Como car ferries. Normally a relaxed issue. But did you use the Traghetto from Cadenabbia to Bellagio on a weekend this summer?
I have ventured it and I as well as my brand new car endured it by alchemy without a scratch. Compared to neighboring Menaggio which has a lot of room for the waiting cars, the Cadenabbia waiting area has the size of a sheet.
But if you want to go by car ferry from the west bank directly to Bellagio without landing in Varenna, you have no other chance, you must ferry across the Lario from Cadenabbia. And this looked so for me on a sunny Sunday in summer:
The waiting zone at the “ferry station” in Cadenabbia was much too small for all the waiting cars. All the automobiles stood higgledy-piggledy and blockaded partly the narrow road. The passing drivers ventured breakneck evasive maneuver.
An excited uniformed officer of the Navigazione Lago di Como with a bright red face, gesticulating wildly, jumped to and fro between the cars and tried vainly to remove the unbelievable chaos. Somehow I managed to slide with my car into a small gap.
Certainly the rear stuck out rather far on the road. Dio mio! No bus hopefully was coming now. Fearlessly I opened the driver door and sprinted to the ticket office.
When I came back the ferry had already berthed and the employee with the red face tried to clear the way for the cars, which came from Bellagio and wanted to leave the ship. I tell you it was really the hell for the poor man!
When the last car had left the Traghetto it began: with folded in side mirrors, bumper to bumper the river of metal inched on the ship. There the chaos was steered miraculously in the right lanes by the experienced employees of the Navigazione.
But that’s for sure: in summer never on Sundays – with the Traghetto from Cadenabbia to Bellagio.
Tanti saluti e a presto
Rosa Maria Lamberti