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5 minutes guide to Lake Como

Lake Como is a breath-taking destination known for its scenic beauty, opulent villas and gardens and charming towns that has captivated travellers for centuries. In the words of famed poet Shelley, Lake Como “exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty, with the exception of the arbutus islands of Killarney. It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests.” Step into the captivating atmosphere as we invite you on a voyage through the wonders of time and beauty in Lake Como.

The lake region flourished as a vital centre of commerce and culture during the Roman era, becoming a retreat for wealthy Romans, who built extravagant villas along the lakeshores. In the Middle Ages, Lake Como became an important centre of trade and industry for silk production as well as a centre of power and influence for various noble families and city-states. The region witnessed the rise of the powerful Visconti and Sforza families, who constructed magnificent villas, castles and fortifications like the Villa del Balbianello and the Castello di Vezio.

With its shiny blue waters, lush surrounding mountains and fascinating lakeside villages, no trip to Lake Como is complete without a visit to the city of Como itself, offering offers a blend of ancient and modern attractions, and boasting the beautiful Como Cathedral. Visitors can also take a cable car to the scenic viewpoint of Brunate for panoramic views of the entire lake.

Aside from Como, the lake region is dotted with towns and villages such as Cernobbio and Bellagio. Celebrated for its enchanting lakeside setting, the former offers a blend of traditional Italian architecture, charming shops, cultural events and inviting cafes. Bellagio, known as the “Pearl of the Lake”, is a truly unmissable experience. Its narrow cobblestone streets, charming shops and colourful gardens create an enchanting atmosphere.

Like nowhere else, Lake Como offers a captivating experience for every traveller: one can embark on scenic promenades, scenic boat rides, or hike, bike and paraglide in the surrounding mountains, explore medieval streets, enjoy a day trip to Milan or gorge oneself on Lombardian delicacies. The area surrounding Lake Como has long been renowned for its honey, olive oil, cheese, milk, and salamis – all of which contribute to a veritable smorgasbord of culinary tastes and regional delicacies.

Discover Lake Como from our luxury villa rentals and enjoy the ultimate dolce vita lifestyle. Move around with private boats, admire charming villages and elegant historic villas and savour local delicacies and recipes by hiring a private chef of visiting local restaurants and cafes.

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