I don’t think there is a place in Europe that evokes beauty, glamour and romanticism more than Lake Como in Italy.
For decades it has been a popular destination for rich and famous people, but there are many things to do on Lake Como even for your wedding or your honeymoon in Italy.
Lake Como is not the largest lake in Italy (the largest is in fact Lake Garda), but it cannot be denied that it is one of the most attractive, unique in its mix of nature, architecture and climate.
It’s easy to see why celebrities like George Clooney and Richard Branson have bought their piece of paradise here and many people choose Lake Como for their holidays.
The lake (Lago di Como in Italian), is shaped like a Y and is flanked by lush gardens, luxury villas and pretty towns that accompany the coast.
Just like Tuscany, this area in Northern Italy is known for its breathtaking landscapes.
For my clients, I personally selected the best vendors for activities and experiences on Lake Como shores, guaranteeing a bespoke concierge service.
1. LAKE CRUISE VISITING COMACINA ISLAND AND LAKE VILLAS
You cannot visit Lake Como without the experience of a cruise to discover the most beautiful villas of the Lake and the famous Comacina Island.
A private and idyllic cruise to discover the most prestigious villas of Lake Como and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. The stories of the famous villas and important families that have inhabited them (and in some cases they still live there) will be told by an English-speaking guide.
A stop at the Comacina Island is essential to discover its incredible history and the many legends of the only island in the Lake. The perfect way to end a perfect day? A prosecco overlooking the lake, lulled by the fresh breeze in this corner of paradise.
2. BERNINA GLACIER EXPRESS TO SAINT MORITZ
A breathtaking view of majestic peaks, imposing glaciers, clear alpine lakes and pristine forests. All this aboard the Red Train that spectacularly climbs the mountain slopes. The Bernina Express route was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
And then St. Moritz, the exclusive and elegant Swiss resort a couple of hours away. This village has hosted two Winter Olympics and owes its reputation to the 3,000-year-old thermal springs that have enabled it to establish itself as a summer spa resort.
Located in the Upper Engadine, at an altitude of 1,856 meters, St. Moritz is kissed by the sun on average 322 days a year.
Guests from all over the world appreciate the modern alpine lifestyle characterized by high-level gastronomy able to satisfy the dreams of gourmets even on the track, from a hotel industry that sets standards in every category and from events of international appeal. The Via Serlas is a small shopping paradise, but just around the corner it is always possible to find local specialties such as the famous Engadine walnut cake. Tourist attractions such as the leaning tower, the rest of the Church of San Maurizio dating back to the sixteenth century, are alternatives to luxury and the jet set.
3. A TRIP TO VARENNA
Varenna is a treasure trove of things to see and do, a gem just minutes from Lecco, easily accessible by car, train and boat. Also on foot if you like walking, following the footsteps of the ancient traders along the wayfarer’s path.
The small fishing village is to be included among the “things to see absolutely”. Why? The historic center of Varenna that starts from the square in front of the Church of San Giorgio, an ancient Roman forum, and which descends through the narrow streets and stairways towards the lakefront, has always fascinated me.
Unforgettable the pedestrian walk along the lake, called “Promenade of the Lovers” in the northern most part of Varenna. A few hundred meters along a cantilevered walkway over the water, to admire the lake and its mountains, to reach the small village, with its colorful houses perched at the foot of the rocky wall, on top of which stands the Castello di Vezio, a medieval castle surrounded by an olive grove, the Fiumelatte. The fortress overlooks the village of Varenna, and from there you can admire Lake Como, Bellagio and even falconry shows.
Do not miss the lush gardens overlooking the lake of Villa Cipressi and Villa Monastero. If you are on Lake Como, a trip on the eastern branch of the Lario (another of the lake’s names) to visit this small village is a must.
4. RELAX AT LIDO DI LENNO
In the enchanting scenery of the Gulf of Venus, here is Lido di Lenno: this charming beach club, perfect for sunbathing and relaxing by the pool, and the elegant restaurant – which uses only raw materials of excellent quality, – creates a setting to fairy tale, perfect for enjoying a day in total relaxation.
It is also perfect for a chic and relaxed welcome dinner and there is a taxi boat service on Lake Como, which offers the possibility of private trips on the lake to visit enchanting locations such as Villa del Balbianello or the village of Lenno.
5. EXPLORE THE MARKETS
If you love to wander around in search of unique treasures for flea markets, you won’t be disappointed. The most important food markets in the Lake Como area include “Sapori di Terra, Sapori di Lago”, which sell traditional foods from the region, perfect for picking up gifts for family and friends at home.
Antique lovers can choose between La Cortesella and the Antiques Market. In particular, La Cortesella is a festival of flowers and market of curiosities, small antiques and plants, taking place in the old popular district of Cortesella on the last Saturday of April.