Varenna, Lake Como
Holidays in Lake Como

Lake Como Holidays

Located in Italy’s Lombardy region, Lake Como boasts stunning vistas, charming towns, majestic neoclassical villas and an expensive, sophisticated lifestyle. Enjoy delightful coffee and gelato in tiny town centres, watching as shiny sports cars meander through the ancient paths. Lake Como may be opulent, but the locals provide a warm welcome.

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Enjoy the high life

Lake Como is an idyllic location, much-loved by celebrities and socialites looking to show-off their worth whilst also enjoying the quiet, slow lifestyle this picturesque lake offers. With its wealth of jaw-dropping villas and flashy cars, it’ll come as no surprise that Lake Como was one of the filming locations for the 2006 Bond movie Casino Royale – the fancy Michelin-starred restaurants, expensive boats and classy hotels are a great fit for Bond’s lifestyle.

It may be known for its expensive lifestyle, but you don’t have to spend thousands to enjoy Lake Como’s splendours. You’ll find many welcoming trattorias offering sublime yet affordable menus, lots of cute cafes for your daily coffee fix, and lovely museums including the Museo Del Ciclismo which is a big hit with avid cyclists. Take the time to explore some of the incredible landscaped gardens too, and enjoy a boat ride for a new view of the impressive landscape.

There are not many tourists in Lake Como, which is a big enticement in our eyes. Time spent in Lake Como is all about enjoying the fresh mountain air and relishing la dolce vita (the sweet life).

Why Visit Lake Como?

·         We love the leisurely coffee culture in Lake Como. The simple act of ordering a cappuccino is made even better with picture-perfect cafes and stunning views as you take your first sip. The seafood is phenomenal here too – no surprise there – with popular dishes including white risotto with fish plucked straight from the lake and sun-dried lake shad, which are like sardines. Don’t miss out on enjoying a creamy gelato as you wander through the streets, and taking advantage of the tasty mix of family trattorias and fancy Michelin-starred restaurants.

·         As you explore Lake Como, you’ll be met with incredible neoclassical villas dotted along the rolling hills. Boasting jaw-dropping grandeur and spectacular manicured gardens, they are well worth exploring. We recommend visiting the dramatic gardens of Villa Balbianello and Villa Carlotta – they are both fabulous examples of architectural design. Meanwhile, there are also lots of splendid ancient paths for you to discover, which detail Lake Como’s past whilst also highlighting the natural beauty.

·         Lake Como has a collection of gorgeous towns for you to explore, meaning every afternoon can take you somewhere new. Como and Bellagio are the most popular, Como for its charming town centre filled with boutiques and cafes and Bellagio for its fabulous villas overlooking the lake. We also love Cernobbio for its stand-out coffee shops and picturesque vistas, and Varenna’s introduction to Lake Como’s more traditional architecture and lifestyle. For somewhere really tranquil, venture to Nesso to see the famous gorge and get an insight into the town’s slow lifestyle.

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