Lake Como

Lake Como is undeniably a breathtaking resort, popular with the literary and glitterati for decades. But it's more than just glitz and glamour; it is a place to relax and bask in the vistas and the warmth of the people who know how to welcome visitors.

Also known as Lake Lario, Come is the deepest lake in Europe (410 meters, or 1345 feet deep), as well as the third biggest lake in Italy. Thanks to its mild microclimate, it enjoys the lushness of abundant Mediterranean flora: cypress trees, laurel trees, camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons, magnolias, and palm trees. There are many gorgeous gardens to show off the profusion of blooms and plants that grow here, many attached to opulent villas and well worth visiting.

Inhabited since prehistoric time, this "piece of heaven" is an oasis of peace, where you can relax, enjoy hikes in the hills, water sports, and sample the excellent local cuisine while you're staring at the majestic mountains reflected onto the lake. There are beaches for a swim, shore-side promenades for strolling, and alluring lanes in pastel towns with cafes and pretty piazzas.

This wonderful landscapes and the surrounding valleys have inspired many artists and scientists, such as Alessandro Manzoni, Virgilio, Alessandro Volta, along with a host of foreign writers and artists, as well. Lately it has garnered lots of attention thanks to mega-star George Clooney, who has a villa on the lake (it was featured in his movie, Ocean's Twelve.)

The Romans were the first to realize the importance of the waterway of Lake Como that they navigated to transport legionaries and goods towards the alpine passes in the direction of central Europe. It was only in 1826, however, the year of launching the "Lario" steamboat, that the first regular navigation service was started up for the public. Today, ferry boats seating 200 and other large motor launches ply the waters on their frequent crossings, with stops at many of Lake Como's towns. Cruising on the lake is an unforgettable experience that lets you glimpse the sumptuous villas, some half-hidden behind trees or bays, other towering above like pearls in a necklace strung along the lake. There are the churches, abbeys, picturesque villages, castles and towers that appear as if by magic amidst the dark green of the oak forests sloping down in all their magnificence from the steep hills to the edge of the deep blue waters.

The Como area has a rich artistic heritage, with cultural events and museums to satisfy everyone. There are historic fortifications for history buffs, and plenty of sports for the active travellers. Lake Como is an ideal spot, with beauty and style. It is luxurious and low-key at the same time, and close to northern Italy's cities, like Milano and Torino.

Como

The elegant and bustling town of Como is the primary and commercial center for Lake Como.

Bellagio

There are few places as romantic as Lake Como, and even fewer lakeside towns as charming as Bellagio.

Campione d'Italia

Campione d'Italia is an Italian “enclave” of just under one square kilometre, in Swiss territory, at the halfway mark between the border of Ponte Chiasso and Lugano.

Lecco

Placed at the eastern branch of Lake Como, Lecco is a bustling provincial capital with a 19th-century dignified face.

Mezzegra

Mezzegra, along with Bellagio and Varenna, contributes to the breathtaking beauty of one of the most renowned Italian landscapes - Lake Como.

Cernobbio

On the slopes of Monte Bisbino, overlooked by an ancient Marian sanctuary and by the 1916 fortifications, the small garden city of Cernobbio is encircled by fine villas set about the surrounding green hillside.

Laglio

Laglio is a sleepy village on the western shore of Lake Como, a leafy place of pines and palms and climbing vines.

Menaggio

Centrally located between Como and the Alto Lago, at the confluence of the road for Ceresio, Menaggio has always been an active tourist and commercial centre.

Varenna

Varenna is a small village lying on a promontory along the eastern bank of Lake Como.

Abbadia Lariana

Abbadia Lariana is a lovely town in the province of Lecco on the shore of Lake Como.

Bellano

On the eastern shore of Lake Como, at the foot of Mount Muggio is this ancient hamlet surrounded by a dreamy landscape.

Calozzo

Calozzo is a waterfront village on Lake Como that is part of Pianello del Lario.

Colico

At the foot of Mount Legnone, in a charming area rich in naturalistic beauties lies Colico.

Gera Lario

Rimming the northern shore of Lake Como, Gera Lario sits at the mouth of Mera River.

Moltrasio

Moltrasio sits lazily on the west bank of Lake Como's western branch, upstream from the city of Como.

Ossuccio

Ossuccio sits on the shores of Lake Como, its pretty pastel houses reflecting on the water.

Perledo

Perledo is a delightful village that sits prettily on the hill at the edge of Lake Como.

Pianello del Lario

On the western shore of Lake Como, Pianello del Lario is actually a collection of hamlets on the hill that also lead to the lake.

San Siro

San Siro is a collection of villages on the shores and hills of Lake Como.

Santa Maria Rezzonico

The picturesque town of Santa Maria Rezzonico is clustered along the lake shore at the food of Mt Bregagno.

Sorico

A fishing village on the extreme north of Lake Como, Sorico practically skirts the Swiss border.

Tremezzo

Tremezzo is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Lake Como, situated on the western shore of Lario, just in front of Bellagio, with a stunning view of the central basin and the Grigne.

Vercana

On a promontory above Lake Come, Vercana's musical name comes from a Gallic god.

Vezio Perledo

Vezio is a charming hamlet of stone buildings clustered around its ancient castle.

Brienno

Brienno sits prettily at the water's edge on Lake Como.

Brunate

Brunate on Lake Como is a popular holiday town in the hills rather than along the lakeshore.

Cadenabbia

Cadenabbia is the lakeside hamlet that is part of the town of Griante facing lake Como.

Carate Urio

Carate Urio is on the western shore of Lake Come, about ten kilometers from the town of Como.

Colonno

The picturesque pastel village of Colonno reflects onto the smooth water of Lake Como.

Dervio

Dervio fans out over a point that juts into Lake Como, on the "right bank" of the lake.

Griante

Griante is a pretty village on the western shore of Lake Como, about 30 kilometers from Como.

Lenno

The western branch of Lake Como, 27 Km north of Como, holds the village of Lenno.

Mandello del Lario

Mandello del Lario, lying on the eastern shore of Lake Como, in the southern branch known as Lago di Lecco.

Musso

A delightful inlet of the western shore of Lake Como holds Musso, at the foot of a rocky spur called "Sasso di Musso".

Torriggia

Torriggia is a lovely lakeside town near Laglio with loads of charm.

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