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Spot Celebrities on the Lake

Rumour has it that Pliny the Elder loved Lake Como so much he built a villa on the lakeside so he could fish directly from the window.  George Clooney is a well-known local here and Richard Branson has apparently secured himself a lakeside pad. Many films, including Casino Royale and Oceans Twelve have been shot here. So if you fancy a bit of celeb spotting or you’ve always wanted to pretend that you’re in a Bond film, this is the place for you. Even if you aren’t an autograph chaser, you must be curious by now about why this stretch of water holds such appeal.... We bet that one look at the cypress covered hillsides, the glimmering lake and the beautiful villas will leave you swooning

    

Top Tips

  • Cruise the lake and soak up the sunshine
  • Visit the Duomo in Como
  • Explore the delights of the Villa Carlotta
  • Go windsurfing or sailing 

 

 

1. Explore the Lake

There are many towns that dot the shores of Lake Como which you can explore by boat, bus or go hiking inbetween. The most popular and picturesque towns are Como, Bellagio, Menaggio, and Varenna.

2. Funicular Railway

Situated high above the town of Como is the small town of Brunate, a cute little place with stunning panoramic views. To reach Brunate and the fantastic views, you take the funicular railway line that joins the two towns together. A quick ride to the top will allow you to go exploring around the town or you can go further afield and take one of the many walks from there around the hill. One popular walk is out to the Volta Lighthouse where you can look down on the lake that is 2000 feet below – is takes your breath away!

3. Como Cathedral

In Como’s old town you’ll find the beautiful 14th century Gothic-Renaissance Cathedral. Free to go inside, but make sure you cover up those knees and shoulders!

4. Villa Carlotta (Tremezzo)

Built during the 17th century by a rich Italian family in the nearby town of Tremezzo, Villa Carlotta draws in a huge crowd wanting to see what is now a museum and botanical gardens. The villa is like a piece of art in itself with a number of sculptures and artworks to be found. The gardens are also pretty spectacular with many different species of plants and a great view of the lake.

5. Teatro Sociale

In Como town, this 19th century theatre was built on the ruins of a medieval castle. Worth a visit, if only to admire the grand architecture.

Eats

1. Crotto

A typical little trattoria in the centre of Como town which cooks traditional, simple and tasty regional dishes such as pizzochheri, polenta e zola and much more.

2. El Merendero

El Merendero is a lively restaurant with great pub style food. Open daily for lunch.

3. L'Ora della Pasta

A type of self-service fast food restaurant except that the pasta is made freshly every morning and tastes incredible! Pick your pasta, choose a sauce and bowl size and then enjoy your meal with some delicious bread. This place is extremely popular with locals and makes an excellent place for a quick lunch.

4. Cardamomo

A pizzeria located near the train station, with a wide variety of different organic pizzas on offer, it is worth the walk from the centre!

Drinks

1. Il Birrivico

This pub in Como is renowned for its craft beers and lively atmosphere.

2. La Birreria di Como

This pub has a super relaxed atmosphere where you can sit and enjoy a beer and nibbles whilst getting to know the locals. The walls of the pub will keep your eyes busy with objects from around the world such as musical instruments, paintings, photos and more!

Click the coloured pins to find out how to get here

Recommendations

The most famous of all Italian lakes, it is surrounded by a collection of idyllic towns. The local restaurants are fabulous and the Italian gelato is delicious!"

Thomas, UK