Lago di Como or Lake Como is definitely the most beautiful lake in Northern Italy. It’s known for its steep hills, natural beauty and being the nicest unspoiled quintessentially Italian village.
Lago di Como is surrounded by steep hills where the villages are built up against the hills. There is no room for massive campings, waterparks, karting tracks and other tourist attractions. Those who have visited Lago di Garda or Lago Maggiore often think that Lago di Como is very similar to these two neighboring lakes, but they couldn’t be more wrong.
You won’t find any of the nightclubs you’ll find around the Lago di Garda or luna parks your’ll find on the shores of Lago Maggiore on Lake Como; what comes closest to a tourist attraction on Lake Como is the “Orrido di Bellano”, a deserted gorge/waterfall that will provide entertainment for about 10 minutes. So you won’t run into swarms of loud tourists that make you wonder whether you are actually in Italy or not.
traveling around the lake is slow. Yes, some tunnels have been built but the old road still follows the shoreline around the lake and it takes some time and patience to get around. But you don’t have to drive for hours to get to that pretty old little town where time’s stood still to see the Dolce vita that Italy is so famous for.
Just go to Cernobbio, the second village after Como. It’s will take you only a few minutes to get there from the motorway and it offers all you ever wanted on Lake Como: coffee shops for your cappuccino, bars for a good aperitivo and beautiful lake views. And it’s a great location for parking your car for free and continuing your journey by lake Como ferry or even hire a private boat.
The lake is dotted with old-school Italian hotels from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. These hotels with their old wooden looks and vintage furniture really complement the great atmosphere on Lake Como and I would really recommend staying at one of these old-school hotels.
You could go for one of the large old “resort”-style hotels that have a great lake view, their own water taxi services, good restaurants / bars and aren’t that expensive to stay in anymore, whilst you still feel a bit like a 60’s VIP. You could also opt for an old-school, traditional family run hotel; many family hotel businesses are still operating in the little villages as the big tourist industry hasn’t ruined lake Como yet, so enjoy one of these whilst you can en enjoy some very warm and welcoming Italian hospitality.
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