Lake Como, Italy - Villas & Villages

Town Harbor Menaggio Lake Como Italy
Town of Menaggio - Lake Como, Italy
Villa del Balbianello Lake Como Italy
Villa del Balbianello - Lake Como, Italy
Town Como Lake Como Italy
Town of Como - Lake Como, Italy
Town Varenna Lake Como Italy
Town of Varenna - Lake Como, Italy
George Clooney Italian Villa Lake Como Italy
George Clooney's Villa - Lake Como, Italy
Villa Monastero Lake Como Italy
Villa Monastero - Lake Como, Italy
Town Bellagio Lake Como Italy
Town of Bellagio - Lake Como, Italy
Town Bellagio Lake Como Italy
Town of Bellagio - Lake Como, Italy
Town Leno Lake Como Italy
Town of Leno - Lake Como, Italy
Town Leno Lake Como Italy
Town of Leno - Lake Como, Italy
Villa Carlotta Lake Como Italy
Villa Carlotta - Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como, Italy - Villas & Villages (7/6-14/2009)

Lake Como is a special place on earth that has been difficult for the best writers to describe. Let me try with the following… great food with one amazingly beautiful lakeside village, villa, and garden after another!

Lake Como has a hint of Switzerland just to the north where mountainsides drop right into the deep, mirror-still lake, yet with a definite Italian profusion of elegant villas, grand hotels, stylish lakeside villages, and lush gardens.

We started our visit in the town of Como in southern Lake Como where we took a gorgeous 2 ½ hour ferry ride through the southern part of the lake viewing wonderful villa after villa (including George Clooney’s two villa compound - see photo).

From there we moved on to the absolutely stunning village of Bellagio (namesake of Winn’s Las Vegas hotel). Steve Winn attempted to purchase and redevelop a large lakeside hotel in Bellagio and the town stopped him.

We then decided to stay in the village of Menaggio. We like Menaggio better than the more famous Bellagio because everyone tried harder to please you, it's pretty and just as easy to explore the mid-Lake Como area from Menaggio, and the prices were better. 

From Menaggio, we visited by ferry the fanciful villages of Varenna, Tremezo, and Lenno

We also visited fabulous villas of Serbelloni, Balbianello (scenes from James Bond 007 movies shot here), Carlotta, Cipressi, and Monastero (see photos). Wandering these villages and villas day and night is pure pleasure we hope all our family and friends get to do sometime in their lives.

For more about this wonderful Lake District of Italy, please see our 3 other blog posts:

Italy Lake Como Menaggio Bellagio Living Around the Lake

Italy Lake District Gardens 

Italy Lake Maggiore Isola Bella

Please also see our other 4 posts on wonderful Italy:

Venice, Italy - My Favorite City in the World

Pompeii, Naples, Pomero, & Taormina, Italy

Bologna, Italy

Verona, Italy

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  1. Thank you for a great and informative post. Lake Como is on our list and your photos are like postcards!

  2. Long ago I stayed in Bellagio on spectacular Lake Como. At the grand Grand Hotel Serbelloni. What a memorable good time we had. We were only there a few nights but enjoyed fresh lake fish at a rooftop restaurant and found what became "our" gelato shop by the town fountain.

  3. We are going to visit Lake Como in June this year ! Super pictures, thank you for this post!

    If you have a chance check our blog too!

    All the best


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