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Lake Como

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Only a short train ride out of Milan lies the incredible wonder that is Lake Como (lago di Como). You have no chance to prepare for its beauty as the train zooms through a tunnel and emerges on the other side with the lake right there in all its glory.

This isn’t just any lake though, it is a masterpiece dotted with smaller islands and surrounded by the huge Italian Alps. It is the third largest lake in Italy and one of the deepest lakes in all of Europe. However, it isn’t its size that takes your breath away as much as it is its surroundings. Of course the lake itself is pristine and lovely but it is the mountains and the towns that surround it that makes it a truly spectacular place to visit.

Getting off the train in a small town called Varenna, I was immediately encompassed by the tranquillity of this town. Varenna is an old fishing village which is home to nearly 1000 residents, although you would never know it. This town offers incredible vistas no matter where you walk. It is the perfect place to relax or enjoy a picnic. However, if you are looking for things to do there are several villas to visit, spots for swimming in the lake and ferry boats that take you over to the towns of Bellagio and Menaggio. These are two other very picturesque towns, perhaps with a bit more activity than Varenna. Bellagio has a beautiful street made entirely of steps with tons of shops going all the way up. It is really a great town for shopping. Both towns are definitely worth a visit during your stay.

Quintessential Italy is something you should definitely do first. See the coliseum in Rome and the Duomo in Florence. When you are tired of the massive amount of tourists then visit Lake Como. It would be a relaxing way to end any trip to Italy.

Written by  Jessica Chesko.

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“Lazy lakeside frolicking: an insider's guide to Lake Como”

By Sam Delaney for The Guardian First Published 2 September 2009  Lake Como is so beautiful, so peaceful, so crammed full of great restaurants and swanky hotels, you could be fooled into thinking it's the exclusive preserve of holidaying oligarchs… Read more...

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“Ladies of the Lake”

By: Michelle Rowe for The Australian First Published: 14th March, 2009 It's not difficult to see why the Ocean's 11 star and the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, the duke and duchess of Windsor, Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra and Aristotle Onas… Read more...

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Lake Como

Shaped like a long Y scratched deep into the surrounding mountains, Lake Como has pretty towns on the end of each of its main narrow bays, Como, Lecco and Colico. Smaller towns line the long banks and sit in the island-like triangle the lake creates. The setting is quite beautiful so it is logical that people would want to settle on it’s shores and build villas charming enough to compliment the surrounds and for who’s opulence and elegance the lake is now best known. The mild climate and bountiful water supply mean the villa’s gardens also flourish. Pliny the Younger who was born in Como in 30AD is one of the area’s most ancient celebrity inhabitants, Shelly said the lake ‘exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty’ and George Clooney is one of the area’s newest fans. Plan on appreciating the architecture of the churches and public spaces here which progress through several architectural styles, on taking long walks along the lakes edge and up into the lower alps which surround it as well if you’re more adventurous, drive the mad, winding road to ‘Pearl of the Lake’, glamorous old world Bellagio and visit the villas with their sumptuous interiors, frescos, art collections and fountain littered gardens.

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