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Lake Como: There’s More to It Than George Clooney

Lake Como is home to many magnificent villas. This one, Villa del Balbianello, was built in 1787 on the site of a Franciscan monastery and is famous for its elaborate…

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Northern Italian villas on Lake Como: spectacular

    Villa del Balbianello was built on a rock outcropping that forms a small peninsula in the lake. The villa has had many owners and fell into disrepair for…

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Top ten Lake Como sightseeing attractions

At Lake Como, conventional holiday categories are blurred. For example, picturesque old towns that provide accommodation at night are also sightseeing attractions during the day. And transportation around the Lake…

Villa Balbianello in Lenno

Villas at Lake Como

The most important villas for most visitors to Lake Como include the Villa Olmo in Como, the Villa D’Este and Villa Erba in nearby Cernobbio, the Villa del Balbianello near…

Vezio Castle, Varenna, Lake Como, Italy

There are two ways to get to the ruins of the Castle Vezio, high on the mountainside above Varenna. One is by a footpath, said to take forty minutes to…

Unusual museums around Lake Como

There are a number of specialised museums around Lake Como, some of which will interest a wider audience: Como produces almost all of Europe’s silk, supplying every Italian designer you…

The Abbey of Piona

The first thing that strikes you about the Abbey of Piona is the atmosphere, which is calm and peaceful, but not oppressive. This has a lot to do with the…

Villas and Gardens by Lake Como

There is a book available in some shops at Lake Como, called ‘Ville e giardini del Lago di Como’. It’s translated into English on the cover as ‘Villas and Gardens…

Villa Carlotta

The Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo is possibly the only, and certainly the best known, villa on the Lake to provide visitors with ticketed access, on a ‘free range’ basis, to…

Volta Temple in Como

The unit of electromotive force – the ‘volt’ – is named after Count Alessandro Volta, who was born and lived much of his life in Como. The fact that he…