Luxury Collection only
Silver Collection only
Capri & Ischia
Sorrento & Amalfi Coast
Lucca Siena Pisa
Near the Sea
Car not essential
Pets allowed on request only
The Italian Lakes are one of the most enchanting areas in Italy, offering spectacular views, pretty lakeside resorts and an abundance of places of cultural interest.
Our great range of accommodation includes the very best self catering luxury apartments and villas in the Lake Como region.
Lake Como (also knows as ‘Lario’) is renowned for its luxuriant vegetation and mild climate. Never too cold in winter while mitigated by a gentle breeze in the summer. It has probably the most dramatic and varied landscape, with its high mountains reflecting onto its blue waters and its tiny villages stacked up the rocky slopes overlooking the lake. Its lakeside resorts are known in the world for their glorious settings, their natural environment of great beauty and exceptional conservation.
Lake Como is renown for its silk and lace production.
Lecco and the lake For centuries the area has remained the favourite haunt of the selective traveller coming over the Alpine passes to visit the Italian heartland. Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, and a very popular tourist destination with many artistic and cultural attractions. There are many villas and palaces (such as Villa Carlotta, Villa Serbelloni, Villa Melzi d’Eril, Villa Olmo, Villa d’Este, Villa del Balbianello). Many celebrities have or had homes on the shores of the lake, like George Clooney, Madonna, Matthew Bellamy, Sylverster Stallone, Richard Branson, Ronaldinho to name just a few.
The lake is shaped much like the character ‘Y’. The northern branch begins at the town of Colico, while the towns of Como and Lecco sit at the ends of the south-western and south-eastern branches respectively.
The small towns of Bellagio, Menaggio and Varenna are situated at the intersection of the three branches of the lake and a regular triangular boat service operates between them.
BELLAGIO The pearl of the lake, it is considered by many to be the most beautiful town in all of Europe. A 10 minutes walk to Punta Spartivento will reward you with the most breathtaking views of the three branches of the lake with the chain of the alpine foothills in the background while its narrow cobbled streets, impeccable homes and glorious villas like ‘Villa Melzi d’Eril’ and ‘Palazzo Serbelloni’ make it a most enchanting spot to spend your own unforgettable “Month by the Lake”. Grigna Mountains and Bellagio In Bellagio centre, we have pretty apartments like Casa Lidia and Casa Ugo but within a short drive of the town there also beautiful villas with private pools like Villa Fiaba and Villa Alpina.
A regular car ferry links Bellagio to Varenna, an old fishing village on the Lecco side of the lake, and to Menaggio, a small tourist centre located on the west side. Menaggio has a pleasant promenade and an abundance of small shops and lakeside restaurants. The north west side of the lake from Menaggio to Gravedona boasts long beaches with water sports facilities. It is also easy driving distance from the Alps famous skiing resort of St. Moritz.
In the Menaggio area, Villa Dia is always a popular choice, as it has a private swimming pool which can be heated and even covered to allow swimming in any weather conditions. Or otherwise Villa Lario with amazing lake views.
Sacro Monte di Ossuccio The Sacro Monte di Ossuccio(‘Holy Mount of Ossuccio’) is a sanctuary located on a hillside slope between olive groves and woods along the western edge of Lake Como facing the Comacina island (Isola Comacina). Fifteen Baroque inspired chapels, built between 1635 and 1710, are dotted along the way that leads to the Monastery. In 2003, Unesco added the Sacro Monte di Ossuccio (along with the other ‘Sacri Monti’ of Piedmont and Lombardy) to the World Heritage List.
Lake Como weather is generally mild. It is known for its Mediterranean-like climate where tropical and sub-tropical plants can grow all-year-round. During the winter months, the lake helps to maintain a higher temperature in the surrounding region. Average daily temperatures range from about 13 °C in December to 30 °C in July.
Water temperatures can reach an average of 24 °C during the month of July. Rainfall is heaviest in May and lowest during the winter months. Snowfall is erratic and primarily affects the higher elevations.