Destinations / Ski, Lakes & Mountains / Lake Como (Italy)
Lake Como holidays promise endless days of balmy sunshine, lovely landscapes, relaxing strolls by the lake or more strenuous pursuits on the lake itself!
Lake Como is situated in the Lombardy region of northern Italy and is one of Europe's deepest lakes. Happily, it is also considered one of the most beautiful lakes. Shaped like a giant Y with pretty towns and villages speckled along its shores, a triangular boat service runs between the various points and connects the lake's inhabited areas very effectively.
As a holiday retreat, Lake Como was popular with the aristocracy and wealthy and privileged classes since Roman times, and wonderful remnants of that bygone era are visible today in the form of exquisite palaces and palatial villas. Many are built in the neoclassical fashion with stunning gardens to match. Gardening enthusiasts will be entranced as Renaissance Italy meets Victorian England. The gardens are of great interest to admire features such as orangeries, Japanese gardens, terraced gardens and fine statues and are often framed by vineyards or olive groves.
Holidays in Lake Como are full of sightseeing, sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, strolling or more leisurely pursuits such as simply sitting at lovely cafes watching the world go by. Lake Como commercial ferry service plies between the villages also to provide a great public transport system linking all points on the lake perimeter. So little day trips can be undertaken to explore the Lake shore.
Lake Como even boasts some famous residents these day including George Clooney, Madonna and Richard Branson - you never know who you might meet in the local trattoria! Lake Como's natural beauty, history and cultural significance attracts many visitors, so you'll be in good company.