Romantic Spring Feelings on Magical Lake Como
A Novelist on Lake Como
The renowned novelist Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) confirmed my opinion.
He arrived together with his parents and his sister in spring 1845 at Lake Como. The small group was overwhelmed by the lavish blooms of magnolias, azaleas and rhododendrons.
Like so many before and after him a Flaubert was raved about the breathtaking scenery of Lake Como.
After his visit to Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio the following comment was passed on: „A snow-framed horizon, fascinating, powerful elements in the foreground, a landscape, like a play by Shakespeare“.
In his „Voyages“ Flaubert wrote about the „Lucia“: „In the charming port of Como are small boats, with wooden bows carrying a tent, as seen on the souvenirs“.
The Lucias seems to him more romantic than the gondolas in Venice. He describes the scenery of Lake Como as „… ideal for lovers, charming, typically Italian, reframed by a snowy horizon and surrounded by lovely homes.“
A Sensual Kiss
Almost enraptured was Flaubert by Canovas Statue „Cupid and Psyche“, when he admired the replica at Villa Carlotta.
Quote: „I have seen nothing else in the gallery. Several times I returned and at the end I kissed the armpit of the woman, who is sinking down and stretching her long marble arms to the messenger of love. Please forgive me! It was my first sensual kiss after a long time. „
I know, how this kiss took place: Aria di primavera sul Lago di Como. If you don’t believe me and Gustave Flaubert, have fun trying it out.
Tanti saluti e a presto
Rosa Maria Lamberti