About one hour by train from busy, and cosmopolitan Milan, Lake Como is a hidden gem and a perfect way to spend a few quiet and tranquil days surrounded by the lake and exotic mountain peaks.
Lake Como’s spectacular location nearby the Alps in Northern Italy, close to the border with Switzerland, provided me with three magical days of lakes, mountains, scenery, and delicious Italian food. I visited Lake Como in late May of last year. The weather was spectacular- chilly during the evenings and warm during the day.
Lake Como was the perfect place to spend quality time enjoying the serenity and wonders of this beautiful combination of lake and mountain, a picturesque place that captivated my senses in every way. Getting to Lake Como is straightforward with Tren Italia service to Lake Como every hour.
There are two ways to get to Como depending on where you are staying. I took the train from Milan to Varenna, on the right side of the lake. The breathtaking town of Bellagio was a very convenient ferry hop upon arrival in Varenna. However, if your plans are to stay on the actual town of Como it will be better suited to take the train from Milan directly to downtown Como.
Lake Como is surrounded by many small towns or villages that are accessible by ferry. I stayed in the small and beautiful town of Bellagio with its narrow streets, cozy villas, and breathtaking views (no wonder they named the famous hotel casino in Vegas after it).
There are many wonderful hotels and villas to stay in Lake Como. The Casta Diva Resort & Spa is a highly recommended and exclusive Resort & Spa offering breathtaking views with historic architecture and a nice spa.
If you are in search for a more affordable accommodation in Lake Como, the Hotel Bellagio offers excellent views in Bellagio at very affordable prices.
The great thing about Lake Como is that you can hop on a ferry in the evening and stroll along other historic towns as well, like Menaggio, Brienno and Cadenabbia. In Como proper, there’s plenty to see and do. Great shopping, cafes, and for the architecture fans, don’t miss the early rationalist building Casa del Fascio, the beautiful painting façade of the San Giacomo church, the elaborate decorations of the the Duomo and if you prefer something more contemporary the architect Daniel Libeskind designed a cool sculpture that sits atop the lake on the pier promenade.
On the second day, I enjoyed a cruise around lake Como where you can see the mansions of the famous celebrities like George Clooney, Gianni Versace, and Richard Branson (amazing villas) , hotels, and rustic villages. But above all what impressed me the most was the captivating contrast of the lake the mountains. On a sunny and clear skies, the experience was just unforgettable!
The other two days were spent walking around the villages admiring the views, being present with nature, and enjoying more of that exquisite northern Italian cuisine. On your next trip to Northern Italy be sure to visit Lake Como and you won’t be disappointed!
Lake Como is a place to relax with nature and take in the views. It has a laid-back atmosphere which without a doubt will inspire you to be closer with nature, or sit by a bench by the lake reading a good book.
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