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Catch the boat and admire the beautiful and unique landscape of Lake Como! Do you know that the ancient name of Lake Como is Larius? It was given by the Romans as Larius means laurel and they cultivated it in this area as the climate is almost mediterranean! Lake Como has three branches: the Colico branch, the Como Branch and the Lecco one. On lake Como you can see beautiful neoclassical villas belonging to Hollywood stars, Arabian sovereigns and to Russian magnates, but lake Como is much appreciated by many other Hollywood stars who like to spend their holidays here thanks to the mild climate and the breathtaking views. From Como to the farthest north part of the lake there are nice villages such as Cernobbio where one of the most luxury hotels of the world is located: Villa d’Este Hotel.

 

Do you like mountains and valleys? Take the road from Argegno you will easly reach the Intelvi Valley, full of interesting baroque churches and a fantastic nature. A little bit farther the village of Ossuccio, from which you can walk to the Sacred mount reaching the interesting church dedicated to Our Lady of Help. In Ossuccio you can also catch a boat and reach in few minutes the Comacina Island, the only island of the lake, rich of witnesses of its unique and bizarre history. The beautiful FAI’s villa Balbianello is located in one of the most spectacular place on the promontory Balbianello, from which you can see a breathtaking scenery and where ‘ Star Wars episode II’  and James Bond - Casino Royale were filmed . Mezzegra is famous all over the world as Mussolini and Claretta Petacci were killed here. Villa Carlotta, famous worldwide for its marvelous gardens and for the works of art by Canova, Thorwaldsen and Hayez located in the villa. In Gravedona there is the Santa Maria del Tiglio’s church, an extraordinary example of Romanesque such as San Fedelino’s church on Lake Mezzola.

 

On the eastern bank there are evocative villas such as the Pliniana in Torno, popular for its intermittent spring studied by Leonardo da Vinci. In Torno you can visit  San Giovanni’s church, that enshrines the relics of the Holy Cross. On the same bank there are nice villages such as Careno with its odd triangular shape, Bellagio called the Pearl of the lake for its position, in fact from Puntaspartivento you see a stunning view of the three branches of lake Como and the mountains. The beautiful gardens of Villa Melzi are worth a visit! and finally if you like shopping this is the right place with  many fine shops of local art and craft.

 

From Menaggio you can take the road that connects Lake Como to Lake Lugano passing through the Valsolda territory, a beautiful valley on the Swiss border and famous thanks to the Fogazzaro’s novel ‘Piccolo Mondo Antico’.                                   Do not forget Campione d’Italia, a small Italian territory in Switzerland on Lake Lugano, where you can find art and amusements, by enjoying a stop at the Casinò Municipale and see elegant shows and galas.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 November 2016 17:36