Stunning scenery, romantic villages and lake view restaurants: Lake Como needs few presentations. Known throughout the world, loved by many VIPs, today we discover some of its most charming corners for an unforgettable weekend, always with an eye for the environment!

The Duomo of Como

The Duomo of Como

It is one of the most beautiful monuments in northern Italy and is one of the symbols of the city that gives its name to the lake. It is the last Gothic cathedral built in Italy, an impressive monument that with its façade and its interior tells the story of the city.

The Como-Brunate Funicular

The Como-Brunate Funicular gives unbelievable views on Lake Como

On board a small train, from the town you arrive at the village of Brunate, which offers a panoramic spot on the lake of Como very impressive. A 7 minute trip on a rail that reaches the maximum slope permitted, that is, 55%.

The pearl of Lake Como, Bellagio

The pearl of Lake Como, Bellagio
Photo by Gian Luca Ponti via Flickr

Here, where the branches of Como and Lecco join, we find the magical Bellagio where colorful lanes that climb up the promontory, elegant gardens, boutiques and craft stores will leave us speechless.

Comacina Island

Comacina Island, Lake Como
Photo by CLAUDIA DEA via Flickr

Take a ferry from Ostuccio and reach the only island of Lake Como: in two hours you will discover all its lush nature, the magical views over the lake and what remains of a Roman Basilica destroyed in 1169 when the island was raced to the ground by the comaschi, ending the prosperity of the island, once a political hub, religious center and military strategic point.

A sustainable tourism experience on Lake Como

A weekend on Lake Como is another opportunity to discover and live to sustainable tourism: just choose one of the many eco-friendly accommodations in the area. Being an organic farm or a B & B, you can experience a more authentic and just holiday!

A boat to Varenna

Varenna, Lake Como
Photo by Ray in Manila via Flickr

Cleverly restored, this picturesque fishing village still retains its authentic flavor. Walk through the Lovers Way, which runs along Lake Como, then stop along the Riva Grande to enjoy the sunset while sipping a glass of wine.

The Orrido di Bellano

gorges near Lake Como

During a weekend on Lake Como you can also discover a wilder and less well-known side. The Orrido di Bellano is a natural gorge, shaped for 15 million years, perched by the noisy stream Pioverna. Between cascades and walkways set on rocks, the show is truly indescribable and impressive.

Kite Surf

Lake Como
Photo by Benito Condemi de Felice via Flickr

On Lake Como, two winds blow up: Tivano and Breva, which make the water mirror a favorite spot for kite surf enthusiasts, who meet in Dervio or Colico. All the schools in the area also offer basic lessons, for those who want to at least try surfing on Lake Water.

Enjoy a risotto with the perch fillets

Typical food of Lake Como

We can not miss the delights of the cuisine: in many restaurants or trattorias (better if they’re organic!) we can enjoy the risotto with peach fillets or one of the traditional dishes of Lake Como, for example the pasta with the lavarello bottarga or polenta of Bellagio.

Villa del Balbianello

Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como
Photo by Navin75 via Flickr

At Tremazzina we can not miss a walk in the garden of Villa del Balbianello. This elegant and romantic residence was designed by Cardinal Durini in the 18th century, and over time it hosted many literate and travelers until his last owner, Guido Monzino, an adventurous explorer. The location, te interior furnishings and the large variety of garden plants make this villa a real gem, able to take your breath away.

 

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