Albert Einsten’s and Mitza Maric’s love adventure at Lake Como starts with a letter:
«You must come to visit me in Como, my little witch. You will see by yourself how lively and cheerful I’ve become and my frown finally is finished».
During the Spring of 1901, in April precisely, the scientist Albert Einstein was in Milan. His mind is a galaxy of numbers and formulas, but his heart is focused on his love affair with Mileva Maric, the limping intellectual, a sickly and not very good-looking woman whom he had met at University.
Mitza Maric is an important character in Albert Einstein’s life without which his story – and ours – would not be what it is now. She was his deepest love, but maybe something more: she was the woman who inspired him, who supported him and helped him to find the formula that would change the world forever.
Mitza Maric has always been different from the other girls… she was a numbers enthusiast, and was the first woman to study Physics at Zurich University. Her interest in academics rather than in marriage is what separated her from most of the girls her age during this time, and when she meets a young student Albert Einsten during a lesson, both their lives would change path and alter the direction of their destiny.
On May 5th Einsten meets Mitza at the Como Train Station, and they stroll into the streets of the old city centre, Isaacson writes “admiring the gothic cathedral and the old city surrounded by medieval walls”. Then, like many Italian couples bewitched by Lake Como, they take one of the “beautiful white boats that goes back and forth from one bank to the other”. They visit Villa Carlotta, where they cherish the statues of Cupid and Psyche made by one of Canova’s scholars, and they swoon over the hundreds of varieties of plants in the gardens.
Then, after spending the night in a lodging, they decide to go for a hike in the mountains where they encountered snow “6 metres high”. In order to carry on their adventures, they rent a little sled. Reflecting on hike, they described it as “a typical sled, one that is used in the area, that has just space for two people in love, while the driver stays in the back, standing on a small wooden board, chatting with riders, politely, calling you ‘madame’”. Maric would later write to a friend: “Can you imagine something nicer?”
You can read the whole story in Marie Benedict’s book “The Other Einstein”.