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.
The picturesque lanes of the historic centre are lively with elegant shops and gourmet venues, while the sunny lake piazza is enhanced by an art-nouveau bridge.
The Villa Erba exhibition centre and the numerous luxury hotels, among them the Villa d'Este (one of "The Best Hotels in the World") attract elite tourism from all over the world.
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The elegant and bustling town of Como is the primary and commercial center for Lake Como.