One of the legendary lakes of Lombardy, Lake Como has charmed travelers for centuries. A resort area since the time of the Roman Empire, the third largest lake in Italy has perfected its game. It entices travelers with its opulent lakeside villas, enchants them with ornate gardens, and reels them in with deep, azure waters. Trying to find the best hotel in Lake Como is nearly futile; all Lake Como hotels grant you incredible vistas of mountains rising up out of the water's embrace. North Italian nobles have headed to these shores to relax since the sixteenth century; so why not follow in their footsteps?
Out and About in Lake Como
Start in Como, the lake's namesake town. An impressive cathedral will welcome you to the town's historic streets, where you can marvel at Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Take the cable car into the hills above Como and you'll be rewarded with the most splendid panorama in the area. Hikers should spend a day in Lecco and admire the fjord-like features of the lake's eastern end from the mountains above. If you're circumnavigating the lake, be sure to stop in Bellagio. This whimsical village sits atop a promontory jutting into the lake where it splits into two branches, and it boasts two brilliant gardens at Villa Serbelloni and Villa Melzi.
Eating and Drinking
Like all Italian cuisine, Lake Como gastronomy is centered around locally-produced products. Sample local cheeses and freshly-caught fish. The towns scattered around the lake all possess plenty of delicious options, but often the best food can be found on the side streets in little-known establishments. If you're looking to sample wine and beer, Bellagio offers the best selection of bars.
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