Lake Como is an elegant, timeless destination in the most dramatic of Italian settings. Steep, pine-clad mountains rise up behind this wishbone-shaped glacier lake, and the area is blessed with both abundant natural beauty and some wondrous man-made creations such as ancient frescoes. Gorgeous rose gardens adjoin stately Italian villas, and you can enjoy sumptuous spa treatments followed by a fine dinner and cocktails under a starry sky.
Even during the hot summer months, the Rhaetian Alps in their position behind what is widely considered to be the most spectacular Italian lake of all retain a light dusting of snow, adding to the drama and romance of the setting. Then there’s the sheer sophistication of this region, a long-time favourite with film stars and other famous or well-heeled visitors.
Lake Como hotels are spread across the various towns in the vicinity. Bellagio with its charming cobbled streets is home to some of the finest 5-star hotels in Lake Como, as well as some of the area’s most lavish villas. Menaggio is set by the water and has a charming old town as well as a smart promenade.
Tremezzo, meanwhile, is famed for its extravagant Italianate gardens that are liberally sprinkled with brightly coloured blooms, and this pretty town is also surrounded by citrus and olive groves. Centrally-located Cadenabbia is nearby and makes a great base due to both its location and extremely picturesque setting. Como, the lake’s namesake, is the area’s largest settlement, while Lecco is south-east of the lake and is also a sizeable town.
The Lake Como region has plenty to offer holidaymakers. The lake itself is fringed by pretty, multi-coloured villages and towns, and adventurous types will love to head into the hills – which are great for hiking and offer spectacular views. One of the very best ways to explore the region is to take to the water, and boats can transport visitors to places such as Villa Balbianello. You can also hire a bike to cycle around the edge of the lake. If you fancy venturing a little further, the large Italian city of Milan is just a short car ride away.
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