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Villa Erba is a 19th-century villa in Cernobbio, on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. It serves as a world-renown conference centre and was the filming location for Ocean’s Twelve in 2004 and Gwen Stefani's single "Cool".…

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A prominent natural arch located in Formazione di Esino is a unique opening on the side of a mountain. It is a relic of a previous large karst system in the…

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Tradition, authenticity, innovation. A new concept restaurant that, with the creativity of our Chef Stefano Binda and the pursuit of excellence in raw materials,…

Villa Serbelloni Gardens, not to be confused with the nearby Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, is a park situated high atop the promontory of Bellagio. In 1959, the property was given to the Rockefeller foundation as a conference centre. The…

French cuisine restaurant run by Michelin Star Chef Bernard Fournier. Also features specialty items that can be purchased including foie gras, terrine, wine and gift items. This site was created to thank them for…

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Romantic restaurant with stunning views of Lake Como. Space has been divided into several rooms, all with views. In summer, a chance to dine in evocative porches. Parking with shuttle available. Charm with spectacular views of Lake…

The walk of lovers is a short pedestrian path cantilevered over water in Varenna. It affords romantic views of Lake Como, the mountains, and the small village with its colourful houses perched at the foot of the cliff which is crowned at the top by the Castello di Vezio. The red fenced promenande in Varenna, with its steep alleys…

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Located between Bellagio and the gardens of Villa Melzi, Lido Belaggio offers a beach equipped with gazebos and sun beds for relaxing in the sun, and provides a catering service for a light lunch. In the…

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Beach club, restaurant, pool and tour services all available at this one of the more popular "Lidos" on Lake Como. Treat yourself to some sun and a long drink under an umbrella. The Lido di Cadenabbia offers tourists the…

An omni-present feature of Lake Como’s skyline is the Como Cathedral with its white marble facade and imposing dome. The interior is equally spectacular boasting elaborate altar paintings, gargoyles and a magnificent dome. Como Cathedral (Italian:…

The San Eusebio church is located just before arriving at the village Peglio. It stands in a beautiful position, overlooking the lake. It is one of the most significant examples of the counter Reformation in the Como area. Inside you can admire the famous paintings created by Giovanni Mauro della Rovere  (called Fiammenghino) in the 17th…

Park situated on the tip of the Bellagio peninsula, about a 10 min walk uphill from the ferry terminal. It provides for breath taking views of the lake where lagi di como and lago di lecco meet. This is a great spot to just take it all in.

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The hike, or more appropriately walk, to San Martino is relatively short at about 45 minutes up from Griante, or about 1 hour up from the shore of Lake Como. The views of Lake Como here are the best of anywhere on the Lake. See below for directions.

A perfect morning or afternoon hike with stunning views of Lake Como. San Martino is Lake Como’s most famous mountain church perched on a top a cliff above the town of Griante. Its official name is "Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino", but most everyone simply refers to it as San Martino. A hike to this church is one…

The parish church of Saints Nazaro Celso with the black-white Gothic front, was built in 1348 by Giovanni Ugo di Campione and architects from the valley Intelvi. The church has…

Main church in Lecco dedicated to the saint patorn of sailors. Its structure is in Neoclassical style thanks to the architect Giuseppe Bovara who worked on its enlargement and contains 17th century furniture, a baptismal font of 1596, Romanesque parts of the 11th century and a chapel decorated with stories of St. Anthony (dated late 1…

The Volta Temple is a museum dedicated to Alessandro Volta, a prolific scientist and the inventor of the electrical battery. Volta was born in Como in 1745, held his first professorship there until 1779, and retired to Como in 1819. It is one of the most visited museums in town. The temple was featured on the back of the 10,000 lire banknote…

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Grand Hotel Tremezzo is one of the oldest and loveliest luxury hotels on Lake Como, an authentic Art Nouveau palace that offers a warm inviting welcome and the delights of a true 5-star vacation. From its…

The Volta Lighthouse stands on a hill in San Maurizio, 150 metres above Brunate. From Brunate you can follow a walking path up to the lighthouse and it takes less than 30 minutes to walk there. You…

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The shrine of Madonna del Bosco is one of the most famous sanctuaries devoted to Mary in all Lombardy, due to its link to Pope John XXIII. The shrine is a great example of Lombardy Baroque and it is placed in the river Adda’s valley on a hill…

The Greenway" is a leisurely and pleasant walk between Colonno and Cadenabbia following traces of the Antica Strada Regina, the antique connection road was built by the Romans. This 10 km long itinerary leads through ancient villages with wonderful examples of architecture, along villas and gardens with charming views.

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Taio Burger is located 5 minutes from Menaggio on the main Road in the direction of Lugano. Here you will find the only place in the area with authentic hamburgers, as well as delicious vegetarian options made with fresh ingredients and produce. Our location has ample parking and a large selection of beer including some local craft beer.

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In a small quiet corner, well cared for in every detail, we offer lunch and dinner in intimacy, surrounded by the warmth of the wood of pine. A different menu follows the seasons, created to excite, where tradition and the good products of the farm are always present, albeit with a touch of irreverent creativity! A Michelin starred…

"Path of Expression", which was inaugurated in 2014, goes through the Regional Forest Valle Intel and it is an interesting trail to visit where visitors can encounter along this magical trail between art and nature, many wooden sculptures and…

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Stately neoclassical building dating back to the end of 1700. It has an Italian garden at the front and an English park at the back with secular trees and woody plants. The villa belongs to the City Council which uses it for conventions, events and art exhibitions. Visits are permitted to…

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Set in the verdant hills of Brianza, this Michelin starred restaurant is surrounded by a delightful garden created to immortalize unforgettable moments. It is framed by windows, so the interior overlooks the hill towards Montevecchia, and on clear days, off in the distance you can recognize the outlines of the Ligurian Apennines around the…

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Daniel Libeskind created this dazzling 16.5 meter (54 feet) high stainless steel sculpture near Piazza Cavour, Como. The public monument, the first contemporary work ever to be installed in Como, is an homage to famed scientist Alexander Volta who hails from the city. "It is an amazing honor to be able to give this work a home in one of…

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The extraordinary Romanesque church of S. Maria del Tiglio, that stands approximately 800 m left of the boat dock. It is one of the most important Romanesque buildings of the province. Built in the XII century it preserves precious frescoes and a wooden crucifix. The wall face with grey,…

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Located 10 km from the lake above Gravedona ed Uniti, Crotto Dangri offers a pleasant and calm atmosphere sorrounded by green valleys and clean rivers. Here you can taste a genuine e traditional…

Located on the western shore of Lake Como, Villa del Balbianello is perched on the point of the Dosso di Lavedo, a wooded promontory that juts out from the coastline to form a small peninsula. Villa del Balbianello is famous for its elaborate terraced gardens, and has been…

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Nesso is a picturesque village on the eastern shore of the Como branch of Lake Como, at the mouth of the valley to the lake. Here, in the hamlet Coatesa, there is the Orrida of Nessus, a deep and picturesque gorge located at the mouth of the valleys of the FCA and Nosè; the ravine is formed by two streams that come together become a beautiful thunderous waterfall.…

Come and see the Italian garden that dates back to the XVII Century with its geometrical schema, stair and terraces, statues and fountains;…

The Gorge, created by the river Pioverna, is a natural canyon where giant bowls and incredible caves have been carved out by the water over the centuries. A concrete footbridge allows visitors to admire this beauty from an extremely unique…

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This villa’s botanical garden and house museum are open to the public. The gardens are terraced and feature a waterfront loggia and a Moorish pavilion. Villa Monastero is surrounded by a Garden with several rare botanical specimens. The Garden,…

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The splendid Parco Val Sanagra is a large territory rich with flora, fauna, and interesting antique rural settlements. In 2005, the unspoiled Sanagra Valley, situated in…

The Kilometer of Knowledge (Chilometro della Conoscenza) is a path on the western shore of Lake Como - a kilometer long - that starts from Villa Olmo, crosses a bridge through the municipality of Serre,…

Photo: Valtellina and Valchiavenna Bike Trails

No-stress cycling! The cycle path that crosses the entire lower Valtellina valley is perfect for those who prefer problem-free pedaling without any competitive stress, cycling at their own pace purely and simply for the pleasure of enjoying nature and the scenary.

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