Just below the snow-capped, gigantic Rhaetian Alps and nestled in between lush, green hills lies one of Italy's understated wonders--Lake Como. It is considered as one of Lombardy region's most picturesque lakes Shaped like an inverted Y, its shoreline is dotted with spectacular medieval villages and as you would expect of any Italian water-side town, colorful villas. If that doesn't make you dream of visiting Lake Como then download the Lake Como Travel Guide and Offline Map.
1. Lakeside Village Hopping
The region's capital, Como, in its self, is a spectacular city that's famous for their silk products. Revel in its historic center where their impressive Duomo that dates back the 15th-century stands. To see an impressive view of the lake from above, you can take a cable car up to the quiet village of Brunate. A trip to Lake Como would never be complete without a visit to its most famous town, Bellagio. Its breathtaking view of the lake is considered the best in all the towns.
2. Stroll Around Beautiful Villas
Lake Como is definitely a contender for having the most beautiful villas in the world. A short walk from the Bellagio town center is the gardens of Villa Melzi, a traditional English-style garden. It stretches along the lakefront and is home to a wide variety of plants and sculptures and even has an orangery and a small museum. Villa Carlotta is also a notable villa for its rhododendrons and azaleas that bloom in spring. The villa itself serves as a setting for art exhibitions and musical events.
3. Enjoy Relaxing Boat Cruises
Taking a cruise in Lake Como itself is one of the best ways to marvel at the beauty of the lakeside houses owned by one of the most famous people in the world like Richard Branson and George Clooney. Going on a cruise not only gives you a glimpse of the lifestyle of the rich and famous, but it also gives you a grand view of the towns and villages. There's a wide variety of cruises to choose from as well. If you opt much more romantic scenery then a sunset cruise will be perfect for you.
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