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Lake Como

Just below the Venetian Alps in the north east of Italy is the vast open waters of Lake Como. A large stretch of clear water that covers 45 kilometres in length and 4 kilometres in width, the sheer size of this beautiful lake environment is something of a marvel. The mountainous surroundings circle the lake like a grand barrier from all of life’s stresses, so you can reside in one of the most peaceful settings in the world completely undisturbed.

Although seemingly isolated from the rest of civilisation, you will have every amenity you need for a comfortable stay thanks to the second-to-none resorts. This destination certainly has you in for a holiday of peace and tranquility… and lashings of luxury, of course.
 
Lake Como has a plethora of luxury resorts to complement the phenomenal scenery. Mostly of a traditional disposition, many of the hotels are typical of stately manor houses fitted with all the necessities for a Lord’s residency. You’ll feel like a true Italian aristocrat in accommodations like these, as all resorts exude the class and sophistication that you’d expect from a high-end holiday. This area is also a hotbed for other desirable features also, as Italian and Mediterranean cuisine are served in numerous Michelin-star restaurants, and the town of Bellagio is bursting with boutique shopping outlets to enjoy.
 
Around this glorious lake you can experience an environment of an almost biblical stature, which makes activities that are moderately satisfying on a day-to-day basis incredibly exciting. Play tennis at the foot of the leviathan snow-capped mountains, or sail the endless lakes on a Bellagio Water Limousine or on a hireable boat with you as the skipper. Alternatively, you can relax in one of the many spas in and around the lake. Either way, this incredible destination is a resting place of sophisticated leisure and dining, and thanks to its awe-inspiring settings to kick your feet back to, it boasts all the key ingredients for a royal getaway.

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Lake Como has been a hit destination for celebrities long before becoming a holiday home to the likes of George Clooney, Catherine Zeta Jones and Brad Pitt. This was a choice getaway for Mark Twain and Ernest Hemmingway over the last century, as well as for high-profiles of the Roman Empire back in the day.

 
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Good to know

  • Time difference: UTC +1
  • Currency: EUR
  • Flying time to destination:
    2-hours from London
  • Nearest Airport: Milan Malpensa

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 4°c   Feb: 5°c   Mar: 9°c  
Apr: 12°c   May: 16°c   Jun: 20°c  
Jul: 22°c   Aug: 22°c   Sep: 18°c  
Oct: 13°c   Nov: 8°c   Dec: 5°c  

Location

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Lake Como in a nutshell

 After Dark Destinations
  • Menaggio is frothing with trendy bars and clubs to attract holiday goers who fancy a tipple, including Bar Gabbiano and Bar Tana’s resident DJ’s and live musicians blasting tunes until the early hours.
     
  • If you fancy a flutter then in the vicinity are several casinos for you to try your luck in. You can find Lugano, Campione Italia, and Mendrisio casinos all between approximately 15 and 40 minutes away from any point around the lake.
     
  • The Moulin Rouge nightclub in Colico offers a more sophisticated club night for those wanting some class. Don an elegant dress or a three-piece suit and head out into this grandiose night club, as you dance the night away to lively anthems in a lavish atmosphere
     
  •  The lake itself is a powerful scene that lends itself to a lot of potential activity, and is certain to be a hit for action men and women. Many resorts take advantage of the vast lake by offering an array of adrenaline fuelled sports including water skiing, paragliding and parachuting.
     
  • Boat hire is naturally a common activity in and around this area. The local resorts and sailing businesses are happy to lend boats at a fee for you to conquer the lake in. A lot of these are luxury boats that allow you to sail in class and style, so don’t worry about sinking in a shoddy dinghy!

Soak Up the Culture
 
  •  The cultural offerings around Lake Como are in abundance, and are well worth a look in. With traditional structures dotted around the entire region, you’ll be in awe at the stunning historic landmarks that have truly withstood the test of time.
     
  •  Cathedral of Como, Basilica di San Fedele, and Basilica di San Giacomo are some glorious religious establishments. You don’t have to be a person of faith, of course, to appreciate the incredible architecture and the buildings’ centuries of existence.
     
  •  Forte Montecchio Nord is nearby, a World War One military base that teems with history. See the remnants of century old artillery, disused barracks, and worn out pillboxes from one of the most devastating wars the world has ever experienced


     
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