If there is a heart of romance, then it can be found at Lake Como. Dark blue waters against green hills and ancient villas enthroned in paradisiacal gardens. Until today it`s appeal is timeless and has made a name as hideaway for movie stars, royalties and world leaders. The Highlights of a Daytrip to Lake Como – one of the most romantic spots of the world.
A nostalgic time journey
Located only about an hour north of Milan, Lake Como has always been a retreat for noble families. The picturesque scenery of Lake Como has not only inspired writers and artists, but has also been the object for weddings, movies and commercials. Pretty villages, narrow winding streets and scenic panoramas take you to a nostalgic time journey back to the 60`s.
“When you write the story of two happy lovers, let the story be set on the banks of Lake Como.”
– Franz Liszt-
Favorite Town: The tiny village Cernobbio has preserved it`s charming authentic flair. In the idyllic center of Cernobbio, a beautiful village square and waterside promenade are located. The small town is frequently visited by the wealthy of Europe because of it`s deluxe hotels villa Erba and Villa d’Este, one of the most famous of Lake Como’s luxury hotels.
– Cernobbio –
Where to eat: Harry`s Bar is a restaurant with a beautiful ambience and lakeside view at the main square of Cernobbio. The local menu offers daily specials and delicious fish dishes. In the summertime you can enjoy the idyllic atmosphere at the beautiful outside patio.
– Harry `s Bar –
Best Ice Cream: It is universally agreed that Italy`s ice is the best, at Sottozero Gelateria in Cernobbio, however, you can taste ice cream heaven. Be prepared to have your mind blown away by delicious “gelato”, as Italians call their ice, with mouth-watering flavors and a texture that is super smooth & creamy.
– Sottozero Gelateria –
What to do: With many villas residing at the shores, Lake Como`s beauty becomes even more visible from the water.
Take a boat tour to catch a glimpse of the hidden mansions at the waterfront or a ferry ride to Bellagio to enjoy beautiful lakeside views. The ferry takes off from Cadenabbia, about 16 miles north of Cernobbio.
– Boat Tour –
Most beautiful village: Bellagio, referred to as the gem of the Lake, is world-famous for it`s beauty and has been an inspiration for architectures around the globe. The town that is one of the main tourist attractions of Lake Como, is set at the junction of the branches of the y-shaped lake. Despite the influx of travelers, however, it still has preserved considerable charm.
– Bellagio –
Walk up the steep stone stairs of Bellagio, in between the facades of ancient-old houses that are unveiling a striking panorama. At the top of the town, Villa Serbelloni is located. The property which is owned by the Rockefeller Foundation can be visited as part of a guided tour – from the XVIII century garden, splendid lakeside views can be enjoyed.
Walk up the steep stone stairs in between the facades of ancient-old houses
Pool with best view: The floating pool of Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a sparkling oasis resting on the lake’s surface. Water on water, blue on blue, sunbathe in a crystal-clear swimming pool set in the lake with a view of Bellagio – an unforgettable bathing experience.
a pool set in the blue of the lake
Most romantic Dinner: Il Gatto Nero – “the black cat” – is a beautiful small restaurant that offers one of the best panoramas of the lake and the surrounding vicinity. With a glass of wine, you can enjoy the most romantic dinner with Lake Como lying to your feet.
The most romantic dinner with Lake Como lying to your feet.
In the small villages of Lake Como, untouched from our hectical everyday life, it feels like the time has been standing still. The dark blue waters, green hills, majestic old villas and secret gardens have seemingly embarked on a deep sleep long time ago
– and hopefully will never awake.