Visit Lake Como in the most beautiful part of Lombardy for a holiday surrounded by spectacular landscapes and views, unspoilt nature, quaint towns and the crystal clear lake shores. You can explore the natural paradise on foot or by bike, enjoy watersports on the lake, or simply relax on a lake beach and breathe the fresh air.
The town of Como is the largest but not the most interesting of the lake towns. However, because of its size, you can find a good choice of shops, restaurants and entertainment. There are also a number of exclusive 19th Century residences in the town, which are well worth looking at. The cathedral dates from the 14th Century, but has undergone countless alterations since then. Far more interesting and authentic is the Roman Chiesa di Sant’Abbondio, which has a beautiful selection of frescos from the 15th Century. If you feel like a breath of mountain air, take the funicular from Como to the top of Brunate Mountain. From here you can take some great walks.
Bellagio has been called Italy’s most beautiful town. Whether or not you agree is obviously up to you, but no one can deny that it is impressive. The town has many elegant 'Fin de siècle' hotels, impressive villas that have regularly played host to European royalty, beautiful flower gardens and exclusive restaurants. Despite the fact that Bellagio is one of Lake Como’s most visited tourist attractions, tourism has not taken over the town.
A little further north you will find Menaggio, which makes a great base for walking and cycling trips in the area. You can also go water-skiing or just relax in one of the many cafés on the central square, Piazza Garibaldi. Past Menaggio on the east side of the lake is Varenna with its colourful houses and steep streets in beautiful surroundings out on the tip of a headland.
You find Lake Como’s largest selection of luxurious houses in village of Tremezzo. Villa Carlotta is a short way out of town and was built by a Prussian princess for her daughter, Carlotta, and is today a museum for 18th Century sculpture. Even if you are not particularly interested in Baroque art, a visit to the villa’s extravagant 14-hectare park is well worth the price of the entry ticket.
You can find a good choice of flights to Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate or possibly even Bergamo airport and from there renting a car would give you the greatest freedom to get around the Lake and stop where you like. From Milan Malpensa airport it is approximately 50 km to the Lake's southern shores. You can also take trains from Milan central to Como and Lecco, and there are coach services.
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