Lake Como is situated in Lombardy, in the north of Italy. It has the shape of an inverted Y and comprises many villages and villas which are definitely worth a visit. It is the perfect choice for a holiday whether you are looking to relax or adventure, as it has so much to offer it is often bewildering to decide what to do next. Here are a few suggestions for the undecided.
Lake Como – Culture
DUOMO OF COMO
This beautiful cathedral is something every tourist in the area should visit. Whether you are spending your holidays on Lake Como or visiting Milan, this Duomo is one of the best cathedrals you can see in Lombardy. Admissions are free-of-charge and the outside of the building creates expectations which the inside will meet. If a visit is not enough, tourists are more than welcome to sit at the tables of the restaurants and bars in the square in front of the Duomo, in order to enjoy the delightful view and etch it into memory.
VILLA DEL BALBIANELLO
This estate is situated on the western bank of the lake and offers an enchanting view of the area. It can be reached either by boat or through a short hike and it features a wonderful garden with beautiful flowers and plants. These embrace a building dating back to the late 16th century and create a combination of art and nature that is hard to find elsewhere. It is a must both for nature lovers and for those who do not want to miss out on the historical buildings of the area.
TAXI – BOAT
This is a service which offers the possibility of going out on short or long trips from Varenna to various attractions on the lake. The shortest tour is that of Varenna, lasting half an hour, and the longest is the so-called ‘George’s tour’, which will take visitors from Varenna, past the villas dotting the shoreline and through to George Clooney’s villa in Laglio (2.5 hours). The boatman will also give suggestions as to where to have lunch or dinner on the lake and other must do attractions.
BASILICA OF SANTS’ABBONDIO
This is one of the oldest churches in the area. In fact, the Basilica of Sant’Abbondio dates back to the 5th century AD. The apparent lack of décor is balanced by an apse which is highly ornamented with wonderful frescoes dating back to the mid-14th century. This building is curious also because it was constructed over different periods and visitors can still see how it was shaped by the trends of each epoch. There is nothing better if you want to experience some real history and art on Como.
MUSEUM MOTO GUZZI
This museum is certainly appealing to those who have a passion for motorcycles and engines in general. It will take guests through various periods of history and illustrate the development of engines and motorcycles by displaying vehicles from different epochs. Admission is free-of-charge and its location makes it an easy stop-off while touring through the various villages on the lake. Not to be missed if you want to find out more about Italian motorcycles.
BOTANIC GARDENS AT HOTEL VILLA CIPRESSI
The Botanic Gardens are a part of the Hotel Villa Cipressi, a wonderful building on the lake which was built in the 1400s. The garden is open to the public, whereas the rest of the building belongs to the hotel and its restaurant. The Botanic Garden is a century-old beauty which touches the lake and features several plants and flowers which nature lovers will adore. It is located on different tiers which overlook the waters in sublime ways.
SENTIERO DEL VIANDANTE
If you are a fan of hiking and can’t decide between Como’s many trails, this should surely be a contender. It is 45 kilometers long, so it should be broken up into three or four stretches, and takes ramblers through the east coast of Lake Como. It is an ancient path alive with natural beauty and artistic attractions alike.