Characterized by its shape which, with its three branches, makes it look like an inverted Ypsilon, Lake Como is a hymn to beauty. Framed by the mountains, it turns out to be an ideal destination for all those who want to spend a pleasant break capable of breaking the busy daily routine.
The panorama of Lake Como, also called Lario, gives its atmosphere of natural serenity starting from the waters that take on shades ranging from blue to cobalt through bottle green, continuing through the lush woods that herald the nearby snow-capped Alps during winter and many small villages that still have stone houses perched between the lake and the mountains.
The variety of this area can be considered a real oasis where everyone can find their corner of peace thanks to the attention that the inhabitants have had towards it, avoiding building in a wild way and leaving it as natural as possible.
The climate is ideal because of the mountains that mitigate wind and cold, allowing tourists and vacationers to enjoy an eternal spring.
Suitable for those who want to try their hand at any water sport (from sailing to surfing, from diving to water skiing), Lake Como is also an ideal base for trekking, mountain biking, free climbing, and other indoor and outdoor sports.
Living a stay in one of the many lakeside locations, it is possible to make interesting excursions to discover the beauties to see such as, for example, Como and Lecco.
The former has always been an important strategic place, so much so that it even rivaled Milan. Its historic center thrills with its nineteenth-century buildings, the Gothic and Romanesque fortifications of the medieval era, and the many churches.
Como appears to be the center that includes the most significant artistic and historical heritage of the whole lake, as can be seen from the wonderful lakeside where you can admire noble villas, monuments, and colorful squares.
From here you can continue visiting the most important centers such as Cernobbio where you can visit the famous villas such as Bernasconi, Erba and Villa d’Este.
Do not miss the medieval center of nearby Argegno but also Tremezzo and Menaggio, right in the part where the lake joins the two branches.
On the opposite side, ie the eastern one, Lecco is the second city in order of importance. Unlike Como, there are fewer monuments but it compensates for this handicap with the charm of its lakefront and the surrounding landscape such as the peaks of the Grigne, which represent its added value.
The ancient village of Varenna is also beautiful, where getting lost in its charming alleys offers the opportunity to take a trip back in time. The last suggestion is dedicated to Bellagio where, in the delightful historic center, the rich villas are to be seen, framed by wonderful parks and scenic landscapes.
Lake Como also offers an interesting food and wine proposal for lovers of good food. This is thanks to the variety of territory that offers food from both the lake and the mountains.
Many are the specialties that the restaurateurs of the area include in their menus: from smoked trout in oil to tremezzina fish soup, from missulit (agoni fishes left to dry in the sun) with polenta, to smoked or dried whitefish.
Do not miss the risotto with perch fillets, as well as the tasty cheeses ranging from taleggio cheese to cheese passing through bitto and goats.
Going inland, you can have lunch inside the crotti which are typical local cellars carved into the rock, which offer cold cuts, cheeses, and good wine.
For the sweet tooth, we recommend the cotizza, a sort of homemade focaccia with lemon zest; the miascia made with stale bread, apples, eggs, macaroons, flour, butter, bitter chocolate, pine nuts, and raisins.