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Photo: Villa Melzi Gardens

Villa Melzi is a historic villa situated in the town of Bellagio. It is famous for its surrounding gardens, containing a variety of botanical specimens from around the world interspersed with statues,…

Photo: Lido di Bellagio

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…

Known as the Pearl of the lake due to its position on the tip of a peninsula, Bellagio is characterized by porticos, cobbled stepped streets, narrow alleyways, and shops selling local handicrafts, and the numerous bars and restaurants it is by far one of the most popular towns in…

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.

Photo: Villa Mylius Vigoni

A fascinating museum-house of the XIX century that belonged to Enrico Mylius, a German patron and a friend of Goethe and Manzoni, who collected works of important artists. The garden, rich with sculptures and rare plants, gives the opportunity…

Monte Barro, a beautiful and charming terrace overlooking the Brianza area and its lakes. It is surrounded by Lake Como, Lake Annone, Lake…

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…

Villa Monastero, a property of the Province of Lecco, is one of the most interesting attractions of our territory thanks to its strategic location, its history, its landscape, its environment and for the different services which it can offer.…

Photo: Mistral Ristorante

The restaurant, reviewed by the best restaurant guides and holder of a star in the Michelin Guide, is directed by chef Ettore Bocchia, who is passionate about Mediterranean cuisine, known for his skill in seeking out ingredients of the highest quality, and a famous innovator of excellent cuisine.

Conveniently serviced by Lake Como's ferries, Varenna is quieter and more laid back than Bellagio, and there are typically fewer tourists. It is a small picturesque 15th…

Near the top of the Ghisallo pass stands the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Ghisallo. Its name, according to the legend, comes from a certain "Ghisallo" who, in the Middle Ages, near the pass was attacked …

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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…

These are considered as one of the greatest Romanesque architectural monuments in Europe and are part of a single Benedictine settlement. Important note: the Church can be reached only on foot walking for about 1 hour through a mountain path (300 m difference in height). The first documents are from the 7th –8th century and,…

Resort town in the Engadine valley in Switzerland and host to the Winter Olympics in 1928 and 1948. It is a popular destination of the upper class and international jet set, as well as one of the…

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…

Photo: Parco Val Sanagra

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…

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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.

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…

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.

Photo: Pierino Penati Ristorante

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…

Photo: Lido di Cadenabbia

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…

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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,…

Photo: Il Gatto Nero Ristorante

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…

Photo: Agua Rafting

Agua rafting was born to propose something unique in the Lombardy, to show the beauty of Valtellina from an unusual point of view: the river. Come down the river with us. For us the river is life…

Located above the Mezzola Lake, The "Tracciolino" is a small piece of art that has no equal in the Alps, whose construction dates back to the thirties. Bridges and tubbels in the mountains, often bravely constructed on overhanging rocks, to allow small wagons to bring men and materials from the dam in Val dei Ratti to the outlet in Val Codera

Located 30 km from Lake Como, Bergamo is the second most visited city in Lombardy after Milan. It is widely acknowledged as a city of rare beauty famous for its artistic treasures and enchanting medieval atmosphere. Bergamo is comprised of two distinct areas: a bustling…

Photo: Comacina Island

Not far from the shore, in front of the town Ossuccio, lies Comacina Island, the only Island in lake Como with its little white church dedicated to S. Giovanni. The island is also home to roman ruins, nature hikes and a well known restaurant: ‪Locanda Dell'Isola Comacina. Every year at the end of…

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…

Located in Breglia (780m), 7 km from Menaggio, it offers visitors a spectacular view of central Lake Como and the Bellagio peninsula. Inside there is a sculpture of the Madonna, carved in marble.

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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…

Montepiatto is a small settlement of houses scattered in the mountains above Torno. After a windy path a several steep staircases, you'll be awarded with beautiful views of…

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

A day trip to Milan from Como is only a 40 minute train ride, so if you the time to visit this historical city, rich in cultural heritage be sure to put it on your list. Counted amongst its more famous attractions is the Cathedral with a capacity of 40,000, Da Vinci’s famous Last Supper, shopping mecca, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, La…

Photo: La Locanda del Notaio

Situated in the lake region just a stone's throw from Switzerland, this Michelin star rated restaurant run by enthusiastic young staff boasts a superb location. Despite its description as a locanda (inn), the restaurant offers elegant dining rooms and imaginative cuisine in a secluded setting surrounded by greenery. Specialities: Basil…

Lago Darengo is a beautiful mountain lake situated at 1790 m. altitude. The ideal starting point is from Crotto Dangri (650 m) above Gravedona ed Uniti, 10 km away from Lake Como and 3 km after Livo village (be carefull on the last 3 km which…

Photo: Villa d'Este Hotel

Experience the splendor, the grandeur, the intrigue and the magic of Villa d'Este- an opulent hotel overlooking glorious Lake Como. Hailed as one of the best hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and Forbes Traveler, this famous resort destination has been widely praised for its…

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One of the finest examples of Lombard-Romanesque with an intact apse. The parish Church of San Giacomo (St. James) dates back to the 12th century. The rest of the structure has undergone numerous restorations, especially during the 18th century. Inside are valuable…

People that climb on board a seaplane, have many various reasons other than being pilots. Most people want to simply experience the pleasure of being in the cockpit, and being able to observe the instrument panel, and help guide the aircraft. Other reasons can be to experience the speed, acceleration and movement on a three…

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