The Novel of Lake Como

Traveling along the shores of Lake Como is a marvel for those who love nature, adventure, and magnificent historical buildings. Beautiful cities and charming villages are all rich in artistic, cultural, historical, and scenic heritage. From Como to Lecco and even to smaller, lesser-known gems that nevertheless hide unique treasures. All united by the charm of the lake, characterized by blooming gardens, forests, coves, valleys, precious villas, and medieval architecture.



Обязательно посетите в Como: собор, считающийся одним из самых красивых памятников Северной Италии, с близлежащим Палатцо Бролетто, Вилла Ольмо, Храм Вольтано и всю набережную.

Among the wonders, the Como-Brunate funicular, which connects the lake to the top of the mountain in less than 7 minutes, offering a beautiful panorama during the ascent and upon arrival.

Lecco is the city that gives its name to the eastern branch of Lake Como, and here, almost everything reminds us of the famous Alessandro Manzoni and his novel “I Promessi Sposi” (The Betrothed), which he wrote, drawing inspiration from these places. There are numerous important monuments in Lecco, including the Basilica of San Nicolò with the bell tower, a symbol of the city called “Il Matitone,” the Palazzo delle Paure, Villa Manzoni, which was the writer’s paternal residence and is now a Manzoni museum.

Tremezzo is known as “the village of gardens” and represents the most authentic expression of the villages of Lake Como. Its name means “middle land” and is due to its location, exactly halfway between the Swiss pass of Canton Grigioni and the Po Valley.

Varenna is the village of lovers, while in the past, it was a small fishing village. The Walk of Love is a short metal arch footbridge fixed into the rock and overlooking the lake.

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Menaggio is located on the western shore of the lake, at the entrance to the valley that bears the name of the town. A must-see is the elegant lakeside promenade with flowerbeds, palm trees, and a wrought-iron railing with refined motifs, creating a sophisticated setting.

Bellagio is known for its characteristic historic center and its enchanting location, so much so that it is called the pearl of Lake Como. It romantically rises on the tip of the promontory that divides the lake into its two branches, and is adorned with colorful houses, picturesque alleyways, staircases, and ancient churches. Among the stops, Villa Melzi and Villa Serbelloni are the symbols of Bellagio and famous worldwide for their opulence and meticulously manicured gardens.

Cernobbio, like all the other towns that characterize the lake, is rich in prestigious villas and enchanting views. Villa Erba is the most famous, built in 1898, it is an extensive complex consisting of the main house, a guesthouse, greenhouses, a dock, stables, staff residences, and is surrounded by a large park. It was the residence of the director Luchino Visconti, who loved to spend his summer vacations here. Another gem is Villa d’Este, dating back to the sixteenth century, and in 1873, it became a luxurious hotel with princely furnishings and a beautiful Italian garden overlooking the lake.


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