Lake Como. What’s not to love? The blue lagoon in front of you every which way you turn, the mountainous Alps in the distance, the laid-back nature of the Italianos…bellissima.
You don’t need to speak Americano here. You slow down, enjoy the Italian coffee, a glass of spritz with some olives and watch the world go by.
Known for its dramatic scenery, renaissance architecture and a certain silver fox actor who resides there most of the year, Lake Como is certainly a destination that oozes extravagance, every which way you turn.
You don’t need many reasons to want to visit, but for the purpose of this post, I’ll give you five.
Reason 1: The perfect spot for a Wedding
On a sweet, sunny, typically Italian Wednesday afternoon in September, we attended one of the most stunning weddings.
What once was a Franciscan monastery from the 18th Century- Villa del Balbianello in Lenno, was now the perfect setting for two friends to say I do.
Surrounded by gorgeous green verdure in perfectly manicured gardens, the calming sound of the lake and mountains as far as the eye could see. We celebrated the evening with Italian bubbles, delicious food, a feast of desserts and dancing the night away in a ridiculously stunning scene ala James Bond (quite literally – a scene from Casino Royale was filmed here).
This was one oh-so-spesh.
Reason 2: The Pearl of the Lake: Bellagio
Lago di Como’s most visually stunning town. ThePearl of the Lake. It’s a two-hour ferry or one-hour bus trip from Como (take the ferry) and it’s a heartbreaker.
Bellagio was also the accommodation destination for the wedding, so we pulled together an epic crew and hired an equally epic Italian manor, complete with statues of the pope, a marble staircase and enough Nutella to feed a small army.
The town of Bellagio is small, with steep, windy streets and nooks full of wine bars, pizzerias and gelato stands. It’s a place you come to relax, but for those of you who enjoy a hill sprint or two, Bellagio is perfect for them.
Reason 3: Come for the Spritz, Stay for the Limoncello
As if you need to be persuaded to indulge in Italy’s most delectable liqueur. Although it is typically a southern Italian drink (originating in the Gulf of Naples – up next!), one must pay tribute to where its due and the limoncello in the north was every bit as delicious.
As were the Aperol Spritzers, but that’s a story for the Real Housewives of Bellagio below…
Reason 4: Go Boating
Obviously, the best way to explore Lake Como is by boat. And whilst you can hire one with a Captiano, it’s way more fun cruising the lake on your own boat, with good friends, good tunes and a lot of Prosecco!
Hop from waterfront town to waterfront town exploring the Renaissance facades of Tremezzo, Varenna, Menaggio and Lecca. They are every bit romantic as they sound.
Reason 5: Take a dip in the lake!
There are few places in the world that are breathtakingly beautiful, and Lake Como is certainly one of them.
Jumping into the blue lagoon, swimming out onto a pontoon and taking in those breathtaking views was oh so spesh. The water cools you down, not too much though. Just enough to keep you in there. It’s almost seductive, this lake.