Lake Como is classic Italian retreat in the foothills of the Alps. North to south, Italy’s deepest lake runs for nearly 50km of calm azure-tinted expanses. Imperious snowcapped mountains rise in the background while enchantingly beautiful landscapes of lush hills, citrus orchards, olive groves and vineyards surround the placid waters.
Wonderfully tranquil, Como enjoys an old-word feel, a kind of timeless gentility. Its impossibly romantic landscapes have inspired poets, writers and composers, and provided a luxury holiday hideaway for the ultra-famous and European royalty for centuries. To this day, Lake Como remains one of the most idyllic luxury holiday destinations in Europe.
Along the lakeshore lie private villas covered in bougainvillea, and flanked by colourful Renaissance or Victorian English gardens. Stroll along the banks a little farther and you may find Belle Époque mansions, seemingly frozen in time, palatial neoclassical buildings or quaint fishing villages.
The town of Como itself sits on the southern shore of the lake. With a heritage dating back over two millennia and a bustling cafe culture, it’s a pleasant place to spend a day; while sections of its medieval walls still stand.
Aside from its immense natural beauty, Lake Como is a charming place to be with lantern-lit lakeside restaurants, little pavement cafes and atmospheric wine bars. It’s also really fun with a wealth of activities available. Windsurfing, kitesurfing and sailing are popular on the lake and the lush surrounding countryside provides scenic walking and cycling trails. Several top golf courses are located in the area, while you can always try something more adventurous like paragliding.
When booking a luxury Lake Como holiday, you will receive impartial expert advice on the right accommodation for your needs. We use a concierge-style service to design your perfect tailor-made holiday.