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Lake Como is situated in Lombardy region of Northern. It is a classical upscale resort area wide celebrated for its dramatic scenery, beautifully set in the foothills of the great Alps. Shaped like an upside-down Y, the lake Como features three slender branches that offers a confluence at the culturally-renowned resort town of Bellagio. Down towards the southwest branch is the blistering city of Como, which is widely known as home to Renaissance architecture and offer a spectacular funicular traveling all the way up to the splendid mountain town of Brunate.
Explore Italy’s Most Amazing and Culturally-Rich Lake Como
A quick and short 1km walk alongside the (partially wooded) lake shore all the way from the main square at Lenno, Villa Balbianello offers a cinematic picturesque pedigree: it is exactly where scenes from the popular and epic Star Wars Episode II as well as the James Bond remake of Casino Royale in 2006 were shot. Villa Balbianello is by far the most dramatic locations across the entire shoreline on Lake Como, offering a genuinely spectacular marriage of lake views and breathtaking Italian architecture.
Waterfront Villa Carlotta gracefully sits on the list of Como's most sought after visitor attractions. The botanic gardens at Villa Carlotta are abundant with color from orange trees interweaved with pergolas, while some of the place also features some of the finest rhododendrons, camellias, and azaleas bloom in Europe. The 8-hectare-wide expansive gardens also comprises of a lush fern valley, a Zen-style rock garden, a bamboo grove, towering cedars and an impressive high-up lookout fringed by towering olive trees. The villa dates back to 17th century and is strung with sculptures (some by Antonio Canova), spectacular paintings, and tapestries that add up to provide an artful element to the region’s beauty.
The amazing marble-clad cathedral in Como is one of the most significant buildings on the lake shore, featuring a wide range of exquisite styles – Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance topped by a Rococo cupola – over its massive centuries-old construction that dates back to 1396. Inside, the Renaissance chapels artistically flank the cross-vaulted nave that is hung with massive tapestries woven in gold thread in Antwerp, Ferrara, and Florence. Statues of Pliny the Younger and Pliny the Elder adorn the facade, an uncommon honor for two of the world’s greatest humanist philosophers.
Set delightfully facing the lake, the outstanding creamy facade of neoclassical Villa Olmo in Como is one of the biggest landmarks around the lake. The profligate structure was constructed in 1728 by the Odescalchi family, which was closely related to Pope Innocent XI. In the event of an art exhibition going on around the lake, you'll get ample opportunities to appreciate the extravagant stile Liberty (Italian art nouveau) featuring rich and heritage Italian interiors. Or else, you can easily enjoy the English and Italianate gardens.
Como city is artistically flanked to the west and east by thickly and steep wooded hills (which are mostly scarred in parts due to the spread of residential establishments). Northeast alongside the waterfront from Como lies the Funicolare Como–Brunate and it takes you hardly seven minutes to reach Brunate. It is again one of the most sought after locations by tourists to this part of tea world. A serene residential village, Brunate seems floating on Lake Como and sits just 720m above the sea level.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets are not required to reach and explore the phenomenal natural paradise at and around Lake Como.Tickets to all major attractions where entry is charged can by purchased from their respective main entrances.
How To Get Around?
You can walk around to explore the awe-inspiring Lake Como and all major attractions nearby, including the ancient residential villages and the shoreline, which are at comfortable walking distance from each other.
What Should I Wear?
While visiting the Lake Como, you can wear anything that makes you feel relaxed amidst an action-packed adventure time by a massive lake. Choose to dress up in style; anything from jeans to shorts, skirts, denims, suits, trousers, gowns, and everything will suit the occasion as long as it goes well with the prevailing temperature and climate.
Best Time to Visit
Lake Como is open all year round so you can plan a trip at any time as long as you are comfortable with the prevailing climate.
Will I Need a Guide?
You do not need a guide to reach or move around Lake Como. Moving around is comfortable, the pathways are well-built, all major attractions such as ancient villages and several fine dine centers, are at walking distance from each other, and all the required information is available on this website.
How To Get There?
Overseas visitors can fly to northern Italy and take a train or bus to Como. Tove around the region, rented cards and taxis are the most comfortable and preferred options.
Make sure you wear comfortable lifestyle clothing to keep pace with the prevailing weather. Winters in Como can be extremely freezing so make you pack a few extra layers. Do not leave you kids unattended around the lake for too long.