Let’s enjoy the rest of lake Como’s hidden treasures!
After describing so many beautiful Italian places…I still have some stories to share with you. Enjoy today’s photos and be amazed by the beauty and elegance of the villages and villas that rest by the lake.
During our stay, we were really close to Lenno – a good starting point for many panoramic walks discovering villas, gardens, Roman findings, quaint villages, restaurants, old Italian architecture, and expansive views.
This pretty small village is located in one of the most fascinating parts of the lake called “Tremezzina”, formed by the green peninsula Lavedo where Villa del Balbianello stands in all its splendour.
The Villa was built in 1700 on the orders of Cardinal Durini with its wonderful panoramic lodge overlooking Bellagio and the Comacina island. The estate is famous for its elaborate terraced gardens overlooking the lake and for being the shooting location for several movies, including Casino Royale. The biggest attraction of the villa is the garden, characterized by terraces and balustrades following the shape of the rugged ground, formed by steep rocks in some points more gentle slopes in other parts.
After the relaxing walk through the streets of Lenno and the alleys in the garden’s villa, we went for lunch in Menaggio. The heart of the old town gathered around Piazza Garibaldi close to Menaggio’s harbour features mostly 19th century buildings in the Italian alpine style painted in muted tones. The higher part of the town has a more medieval aspect featuring narrow alleys, steep stairs and stone buildings. The old and “new”, the shops, restaurants, cafes, public squares and alleyways, the tree shaded lake shore promenades bordered by flowers, and the well-kept villas form a wonderful and serene place to holiday.
For that last day by the lake, we took some time just to gaze upon the water and the spectacular scenery. We had the most amazing time here and in the end this destination won the first place in our personal travelling top. I am sure that every Italian corner is simply beautiful, even the most simple one, but after seeing almost the entire continental Italy (including Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, Tuscany and Puglia) I wish I could settle here at least during spring. I sincerely think that Italy can’t get more beautiful then this.
Remembering the great memories we made there, I can say that few places are as romantic as Lake Como, and even fewer resorts as lovely as Bellagio. Truly a dolce far niente kind of destination.
Green. Nature. Flowers. Boats. Villas. Luxury. Beauty. Fancy. Fresh. Exclusive. Breathtaking – all these words pop up in my head whenever I think about this unique place – an upscale resort area set against the foothills of the Alps.