Welcome back to Ask a Local, a series of posts in which I interview locals all over the world about what to see, where to go, what to eat, and how to fit in in their city or town. The following interview was originally published in my Italy guide.
Today I’m happy to introduce you to Liu Lamperti, a B&B owner and culturist here to tell us all about Lierna.
First, tell us about you.
I live in Lierna near Varenna. I come from Milan and I like change in my life. I have a lot of interests: cinema, art, exhibitions, gardening, card games, and organizing cultural meetings on the lake (to name a few). I live with my daughters, my husband, and my cat, Max.
If someone is visiting Lierna and Lake Como for the first time, what do you recommend they see or do?
I suggest an old village named Castello, with its ancient history, and Riva Bianca, which has a really nice beach (this is where my B&B is located).
What neighborhoods or towns are best to stay in?
In addition to Lierna, I suggest Varenna, Corenno Plinio, and San Giovanni (which is near Bellagio, but not so touristy!).
Let’s talk about day trips…what nearby places should everyone make sure to visit?
Take a daily cruise on the lake or visit Il sentiero del viandante (translated: the path of the wanderer), a pretty walk along the eastern shore of Lake Como.
Tell us about the local dishes. What should people try here?
In Lierna and in this part of the lake, try risotto con pesce persico (risotto with perch fish), spaghetti con sugo di pesce di lago (spaghetti with lake fish), bresaola (air-dried, salted beef), misultit con polenta (dried fish and porridge), and pizzoccheri (ribbon pasta with greens and potatoes).
What are your top three favorite bars and restaurants?
Ristorante Sottovento (at Via Imbarcadero 3) and Bar Riva Bianca (at Via Riva Bianca 10) in Lierna and Bar Amerigo in Mandello del Lario at Piazza della Repubblica 10.
What is the best way to meet locals and make friends?
On the beach and in the bars in Castello, a little ancient place.
Why should people make sure to visit Lierna and Lake Como?
To climb (some of the best climbing in Italy is here). To enjoy panoramas of mountains and the lake. To play sports. To go swimming. To rent a boat. To experience lakeside culture.
What is the best place to go take beautiful photos?
Anywhere! Just take a walk or a boat ride.