Northern Italy’s Lombardy region is home to Lake Como, with spectacular scenery and Renaissance architecture putting this place on the map as a favoured holiday destination. The lake is of glacial origin, set against a sublime backdrop that merges the foothills of the Alps with the mountainous municipality of Brunate, accessed by cable car. If you choose to book your holiday near Italy's third-largest lake, you’ll discover why Lake Como holds such artistic and cultural importance. Since the Roman period, the scenic landscape has been a preferred retreat for nature lovers and active individuals. Despite the fact it was formerly a magnet for the wealthy, enchanting Lake Como does offer its fair share of affordable accommodation options, not to mention free attractions, like Chiesa San Giacomo Catholic Church and Villa Carlotta.
A village in the Province of Como, Lezzeno covers over seven kilometres and is positioned on Lake Como's western shore. It may only be home to some 2,000 people, but Lezzeno's postcard-perfect backdrop and convenient distance to Milan (50 kilometres) make it stand out. The region's restaurants dish up Missoltini - sun-dried and grilled saltwater fish. Comprised of 17 villages, the famous coastal commune has its own bank and once upon a time, wine produced in Lezzeno was believed to have medicinal benefits.
Also located in the Province of Como is Argegno. Many of Argegno's visitors will be in search of a romantic getaway and since the cute village is home to a handful of swanky waterfront restaurants, it's the perfect destination for couples. Ferries can be seen departing from the harbour on a daily basis and if you fancy setting sail yourself, you can hire a boat in this region. A stroll around the lakefront will take you to the Church of Santissima Trinità. One of the best things to do in Argegno is to sightsee from a height. A local cable car travels upwards to 850 metres above sea level in just a few minutes. Once you're high in the air, you can take in sublime views of the Alpine foothills and of course, Lake Como.
Protruding out onto Lake Como is the city of Bellagio. Located a short distance from Loppia Beach, Bellagio looks out onto Lake Como's three picturesque legs. A traditional village-like vibe can be felt in this municipality, which is in the Lombardy region. If you're not planning on visiting for the mouth-watering Italian food, visit to check out the main sights, such as Monte Grona, popular hiking spot Sacro Monte di Ossuccio, and the Pioverna river. Bellagio's landscape creates an idyllic setting for active individuals, with nearby Monte San Primo's height and snow-covered scenery attracting skiers from around the world.
Exploring Lake Como...
Lake Como's roots run deep, with a medley of ancient attractions dotted around the region. One of the most notable historical sights is the Duomo of Como. A stunning cathedral, it can be visited free of charge. Another sight worth visiting is the 14th-century Basilica of Sant’Abbondio. Perhaps the best way to admire Lake Como's landmarks, houses, and buildings, however, would be to hop on board a taxi boat. If you join the ‘George’s Tour', you will embark on a voyage to Laglio and get a glimpse of George Clooney's luxury villa.
It would be a shame not to bask in natural surroundings when visiting Lake Como. Discover the grandeur of Hotel Villa Cipressi's Botanic Gardens. Located on the grounds of a circa-1400 building, the public garden opens daily and exhibits centuries-old scenery with its plant and flower collections, all of which overlook the lake's placid waters.
Jungle Raider Park
Uncover a wealth of nature and get the blood pumping at Jungle Raider Park. The kids will love spending time at this adventure and amusement park, which boasts two locations in Margno and Civenna. Comprised of various paths and 130 metres of zipline, the adrenaline-filled attraction regularly hosts special events. If you are brave enough, attempt to walk along the Nepalese bridges and air-suspended wooden walkways.
Lake Como Beaches
Swap the pool for the beach by visiting some of Lake Como's flawless sections of coastline. The beaches in this region are divided by area, with Lido di Argegno beach located near the town's harbour. Sun loungers and parasols can be found on this family-friendly beach, but there's no Wi-Fi like there is at Lido de Bellagio. This beach is based in the Bellagio branch, as is San Giovanni beach. Griante beach, Riva di Quarzano, and Careno beach are three local beaches offering free entry to members of the public.
Lake Como Cuisine
An Italian feast will keep you full for most of the day. Lake Como presents food connoisseurs with a selection of delectable dining options, from the casual eateries that serve Margherita pizza to the upscale waterfront restaurants that dish up bruschetta, mushroom risotto, and other Italian specialities, like lasagna and linguini with clam sauce.
Lake Com Restaurants
Make a toast with friends or family and tuck into cannelloni at La Darsena. This oceanfront restaurant serves seafood freshly plucked from the water, as does The Market Place Restaurant and Trattoria del Glicine. If you are craving oriental fare, you'd be better off browsing the menu at Ristorante Cinese Pechino Sas or Ristorante Bella Vita. Consider knocking back a few glasses of wine at Enoteca Principessa winery before calling it a night.
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