- Italy's most romantic lake, known for its lush gardens and enchanting scenery.
- Unspoilt lakefront villages at the foot of snow-capped mountains - best seen by boat.
- A favourite of the European aristocracy, it's now a home to the stars and is packed with exquisite villas.
· Coach transfer · Private transfer · Car hire
Milan · 88 km · 1 hour 30 minutes
Verona · 250 km · 3 hour 30 minutes
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Culture and history
So what's it like?
The neighbouring resorts of Cadenabbia, Tremezzo and Menaggio lie together on the sunny western shore of Lake Como, with superb views across the lake to Bellagio, the pearl of the lake, where the lake’s three forks meet. Menaggio and Bellagio are larger and livelier, with a buzzing cosmopolitan atmosphere and pretty cobbled streets. The adjacent villages of Tremezzo and Cadenabbia hug the road from Como to Switzerland and provide great bases for exploring. In addition to their colourful lakeside hotels, shops and pavement cafés, all resorts are well connected with each other by boat and for short trips to other parts of the lake.
Relax and discover
Get the best out of Lake Como with our Lake Como Discovery Package. Stay at the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia, the Hotel Britannia Excelsior in Cadenabbia or the Hotel Bellavista in Menaggio and explore what the local region has to offer with a full day’s excursion to Milan, a tour of Lake Orta and Stresa and a visit to Switzerland on the Bernina Express. Must book before 29 April 2015.
3 and 4 night short breaks are available in Lake Como at the Grand Hotel Menaggio.
An favourite haunt of the European aristocracy, Lake Como is renowned for its majestic scenery and wildlife and the dramatic backdrop of the Grigna mountains. The turquoise waters of Italy’s deepest lake are surrounded by traditional Venetian villas and attractive waterfront villages. The gardens of Villa Carlotta are a must-see and film buffs will love the 16th century Villa Balbianello, which was used as Mr White’s hideaway in Casino Royale. Adrenaline junkies can try their hand at windsurfing and waterskiing and we’d recommend renting a speedboat and zipping around the lake - get your binoculars ready for spotting the glitterati.
Get to know the locals in the pretty lakefront bars and cafés of Cadenabbia and Tremezzo or head for cosmopolitan Menaggio and devour a 4-course meal overlooking the pretty piazza. If you’re after the hottest spots on the lake, catch the ferry across to Bellagio and explore its artisan shops before settling down in one of George Clooney’s favourite watering holes for a well-earned Spritz.
Available from £337 (return)
There are frequent ferry connections across and down the length of Lake Como. From Como, reachable by bus, there is a regular rail service to Milan. Guests staying in Bellagio need to take the ferry for transfers and will need to transport their luggage.
Twin centre suggestion
Why not combine a stay with the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia in Cadenabbia, Lake Como with a stay at the Hotel Simplon in Baveno, Lake Maggiore; call us to book this perfect combination to enjoy two Italian lakes in one holiday. Transfer to your second centre is by private taxi transfer.
Special offers for summer 15
• Pre-book any two full day excursions per person and receive a €10 discount against a third excursion of your choice, bookable in resort.