Lake Como is the third largest lake in Italy, after Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda. Divided in two by the so-called Larian triangle is formed by the Comasco branch and that famous "branch of Lake Como" of the area of Lecco. Source of inspiration of many artists over the centuries is a must for every tourist to discover our country.
Impossible not to start recommending a visit to the city that gives the name to the lake, Como. A little less than an hour by car or train from Milan and a few minutes from the Swiss border we find this charming town rich in art and culture. The discovery of the city starts from its Cathedral Square with the cathedral of 400' dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. After a long and difficult construction process, the Duomo appears as today a mix of different artistic currents, combining Gothic and Renaissance style. From here you can sneak into the historic center, completely pedestrian, absolutely recommended for a pleasant walk. On the lake we find an important dedication to one of the most illustrious historical inhabitants of the city. Como is in fact the birthplace of Alessandro Volta. To him was dedicated the Voltiano Temple. A real museum for the physicist Comasco, with original documents and reconstructions of his most important works and discoveries. Always on the long lake not to be missed Villa Olmo, one of the symbols of the city. An eighteenth century villa surrounded by a large garden. From Como you can also take the funicular that will take you to the above town of Brunate. From here you can admire the lake from above in all its spectacle.
After visiting Como, it is ideal to continue on the western side of the lake for a few minutes to reach Cernobbio, an iconic place among the most evocative of the entire lake of Como. An elegant village, surrounded by lake and mountain. Cernobbio was born, in fact, at the foot of Mount Bisbino which reaches over 1200 meters in height. To visit absolutely Villa d'Este, villa of 1500, with an inestimable artistic heritage inside and outside the hotel structure today.
Off the small town of Tramezzina, in the province of Como, we find the particular Isola Comancina. Accessible by boat from the nearby hamlet of Ossuccio, it is an unusual stop to experience the lake from a different perspective. A natural spectacle of other times, where to dive for a walk of a couple of hours. Of historical and cultural importance, on the island Comancina, over the years have been found in fact some archaeological finds now kept in specialized museums.
Varenna, known as the village of lovers, is one of the most enchanting places of Lake Como. Small village on the Lecco side of the lake, at the foot of the Valsassina, is one of the most popular destinations for tourists. Varenna is the ideal place for a romantic day on the lake shore. Here we find in fact the "walk of lovers" that, starting from the small historic center of the village, crosses the village between narrow streets, small shops and characteristic restaurants to continue on a walkway of a few hundred meters on the water from which to best admire the beauty of Lake Como. Not to be missed are also the two splendid villas of Varenna: Villa Monastero, with museum and Botanical Garden, and Villa Cipressi today hotel but with a splendid garden, however, accessible to the public.
Bellagio, known as the "Pearl of Lake Como" is one of the most iconic places of Lake Como. Famous all over the world thanks to George Clooney who, since 2002, has chosen Villa Oleandro as his holiday destination. Here the Hollywood actor over the years has not missed an opportunity to invite illustrious friends, such as the former US President Barack Obama sighted on the shore of Lake Como in 2019. At the top of the Lariano Triangle, a strip of land that separates the two branches of Lake Como, Bellagio is the ideal half for a Sunday trip. To visit absolutely the old town that between narrow alleys and steps, transmits the whole secular history of the village. For those who love shopping do not miss "Salita Serbelloni" street full of boutiques and shops of all kinds. The gardens of two of the most famous villas in Bellagio must be visited: Villa Serbelloni and Villa Melzi. The refined elegance of gardens with unique plants on the lake shore to appreciate unique views in all seasons, we are sure to captivate you.
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