Lake Como, Lombardia and The Lakes - Italian Villa Vacations
Lake Como, Lombardia and The Lakes
Lake Como is a pre-alpine basin formed by an ancient glacier. It is Europe’s deepest lake (1,350 feet). It is 30 miles long, 2 1/2 miles at its widest point. The city of Como lies at the southwestern leg, while Lecco occupies the southeastern end.
Como and its Surroundings ( Cernobbio )
For its picturesque beauty, elegant restaurants, luxury hotels and stylish shops this is the favourite place of international tourists. Como is an attractive town offering lots of activities: culture, art, sport entertainment, shopping and a sophisticated atmosphere all round.
From Como to Menaggio
Luxurious gardens, elegant villas, nice restaurants can be discovered in the fascinating small villages that dots this part of the lake.
The centre of the lake The Larian Triangle
The picturesque tourist towns of Menaggio, Bellagio and Varenna are located one in front of the other in the three opposite branch of the lake. They are famous for their historical villas and charming views.
Varenna (located on the east branch of the lake) offers an excellent train service (1 hour to reach Milan). The freeway easily connects to Lecco and Milano (1 hour drive) while the other tourist lake resorts can be easily reached by ferry.
Bellagio is situated on the promontory that divides the lake in two branches of Como and Lecco; both roads connecting to Como and to Lecco are narrow and winding for this reason we suggest to reach Bellagio by ferry.
From Menaggio to Colico the north part of the lake is more quite and simple, far from the sophisticated touristic destinations this area offers charming little villages set in pebbled or sandy shores where you can enjoy the regional specialities in simple family-run trattorias.
Many sports activities can be practiced in Lake Como such as sailing, water skiing, canoeing, golfing (3 golf courses in the area), trekking horse riding.
Trip Highlights in Lake Como
Patrician Villas, gorgeous botanical gardens, Romanesque churches, and picturesque villages can be admired in magnificent scenery on the lake-shores.
In Bellagio Villa Serbelloni and its Park, Rockefeller Foundation, Villa Melzi D’Eril and its Gardens, Villa Trivulzio, Villa Trotti, Villa Giulia.
In Tremezzo Villa Carlotta with Botanical Garden and Azaleas Spring, Sculptures of Canova and Paintings of Hayez.
In Ossuccio Villa Maria and Villa La Carlia.
The Comacina Island and the historic “Villa Balbianello” one of the most extraordinary places of the Lake, with a nice park and the memories of the Explorer Giacomo Monzino, the last householder.
In Varenna Villa Cipressi and the artistic Villa Monastero, now a Congress Seat.
Como the town, the shops, the cathedral, the cafes, everything is enchanting.
The Piona Abbey with its Romanesque-Gothic cloister, founded in the Middle Ages by the French Monks of Cluny.
Lugano (to cross the Swiss border you will need your passport)
Museum of Silk - The whole silk manufacturing process is displayed at the Silk Teaching Museum in Como, the unique one in Europe that shows the complete cycle, from worm farming to painting and pressing.
Moto Guzzi Museum - The Moto Guzzi Museum in Mandello del Lario is one of the most legendary collections of motorcycles in the world.
Lake Boat Museum - in Pianello Lario is the most interesting Museum of boats and sailing: it exhibits more than 160 boats of different ages and typologies that have made the history of Navigation and Trade on Lake Como, throughout the centuries.