This little village, which lies on the western shore of Lake Como, at the foot of Monte Costone, is one of the most distinctive places on the lake. In the last century Sala Comacina was already considered an important holiday destination, as is demontrated by the many villas which have stood along the coast since then. On the headland known as the "Puncia", which was formed by deposits from the Premonte stream, stands Villa Rachele. It was owned by Cesare Beccaria and hosted many famous literary figures, such as Alessandro Manzoni and Cesare Cantù. The lake's only island, Isola Comacina, lies opposite the village and can be reached by boat.