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Lake Como

Lago di Como is the third largest lake in Italy and one of the most beautiful and well-known. In fact, aristocrats of ancient Rome already built their holiday villas at the lake's shores, fascinated by the combination of high mountains and Mediterranean climate. Today, along the 170 km shore, there are high-quality hotels, luxurious holiday villas, and villages in which time seems to have stopped. Lago di Como is also rich in contrasts. In addition to the cities, there are charming villages such as Menaggio, Varenna and Bellagio.

Villa Balbianello

The beautiful Villa Balbianello is reflected in the waters of Lake Como directly from the small wooded peninsula of Lavedo in Lenno. Since 1988 it has been owned by the FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano), which takes care of both the interior treasures and the magical garden. Balbianello is a special place, something that Hollywood has realised too; famous sagas such as Star Wars and 007 were set here. 

Villa Carlotta

The wonderful Villa Carlotta is located in Tremezzo. It is surrounded by an enchanting botanical park, which, in spring, becomes a riot of colour thanks to the flowering of hydrangeas and rhododendrons. Inside the villa is just as beautiful and fascinating; the museum rooms house masterpieces by Canova, Hayez and Thorvaldsen.

Bellagio - Giardini Di Villa Melzi

Villa Melzi, was built in a neoclassical style between 1808 and 1810 by the architect Giocondo Albertolli, at the behest of Francesco Melzi d'Eril, Duke of Lodi and vice president of the First Italian Republic at the time of Napoleon. The park was designed by the architect Luigi Canonica and the botanist Luigi Villoresi. Trees, statues, huge azaleas and rhododendrons alternate in this beautiful park. To complete it, there is a charming Japanese pond with aquatic plants surrounded by Japanese maples and cedars, finished off with a small chapel on the edge of the lake. The current owner is Count Gallarati Scotti.

Villa Monastero

Villa Monastero is located in Varenna, and we recommend that you reach it by boat from Menaggio. Like all the villas on the lake, it is beautiful and surrounded by a botanical garden that stretches for almost 2 km and overlooks the shores of the lake. The interior of the villa is a museum, with 14 rooms containing four centuries of history, taste and different styles that blend together to perfection. 

Isola Comacina

Comacina Island is the only island on Lake Como. It can only be reached by boat and has a total area of 6 hectares. Visiting the island you can 'stumble upon' the remains of Roman buildings, early Christian remains and the ruins of Romanesque churches. The island is considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites in northern Italy and many of the artefacts found there are now preserved in the Antiquarium (near the landing stage). Comacina Island is 'set on fire' in June with the most famous firework display on the lake during the Sagra di San Giovanni.