The third largest lake in Italy (145km2), Lake Como (or Lario) is fed by the river Adda and 36 smaller rivers. It is one of ... More
The third largest lake in Italy (145km2), Lake Como (or Lario) is fed by the river Adda and 36 smaller rivers. It is one of Lombardy's most beautiful spots. It lies between Brianza and Valtellina like an upside down "Y" and so has three distinct sections: the Colico stretch to the north with its mountainous and varied shores, the Lecco stretch to the east with its bare, rocky shores, and the arm of Como with gentle, green banks. Historically, the lake has been a place of transit since ancient times (in proto-historical times there was a road that ran along the crest on the western side of the lake). Remains of the various cultures and peoples that have lived there throughout history have been found around it: villas, sanctuaries, chapels and monasteries lie all around its lovely surroundings. Villa D'Este at Cernobbio, the ancient church on Comacina island, Villa Carlotta at Tremezzo, Bellagio, Piona abbey, the small hamlet of Varenna, Como and its monuments, the ancient mule track of Mount Bisbino, the wide views seen from Brunate are just some of the many attractions the shores of the lake offer to tourists and artists. Besides the standard visits by car, the ferry lines of the lake's transport company offer superb views of the lake.
The long, narrow lake offers breathtaking vistas at every turn. Wonderful for swimming, boating and biking - lots of trails for mountain bikes and paved roads for street bikes. The only problem is the really busy road that runs along the lakeside - make sure you get a hotel which is on the lake side of the road --- otherwise you will be left facing the road and taking your life into your hands each time you try to cross!
Design of Villa Borghese began at the start of the 17th Century when Pope Paul V Borghese was elected. Its
style resembles that of city villas from 100 years earlier. The gardens were especially cared for—aviaries were added to ...
The Barchetta Excelsior is located right in the city center on Comos main square facing the lake. It is situated
on the town main square overlooking the lake. Renowned for its fine restaurant since 1893, the hotel was totally ...
As its' name suggests, Villa della Tesoriera (House of the Treasurer) and its surrounding park was constructed as the personal
home of the treasurer to King Vittorio Amedeo the II. The beautiful baroque mansion was completed in 1715 and ...