If you haven’t seen the wonderful lake Como, maybe it’s time to book your tickets and spend a few days in this magical place. After having a great time in the Dolomites, hiking and simply staying in nature, we continued our honeymoon with a more appropriate destination. Being for the second time in the area, we made plans to visit some of the villages around the lake and to skip Como which we had the pleasure to discover while on vacation in Milan 2 years ago.
Interesting facts about Lake Como:
– it is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy, Italy;
– it has an area of 146 square kilometers, making it the third-largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore;
– at over 400 meters deep, it is one of the deepest lakes in Europe;
– in 2014, The Huffington Post called it one of the 20 most beautiful lakes in the world for its micro climate and environment with prestigious villas and villages;
– The lake is shaped like an upside-down Y, with three slender branches that meet at the resort town of Bellagio.
There are so many nice villas and charming villages around the lake and I will present the ones we’ve visited during our stay, in the following posts, so stay tuned and take notes because this majestic place has lots of hidden jewels.
Our fancy experience began in Lecco where we arrived just in time for brunch, so we started with a good Italian meal and a dark espresso while admiring the dramatic scenery of the mountains. Then we took a casual stroll along the typical streets from Lombardia and fed the happy ducks and swans before leaving. We were lucky enough to see the view over the lake both foggy and sunny and I must say the colors were simply amazing: emerald green, but sometimes turquoise – in full contrast with the snow white peeks of the Alps in the background.
Continuing our drive to Mezzegra we stopped a lot to look over the views and take pictures, of course, and finally we arrived at the best accommodation so far – Boutique B&B Casa del Portico, with a spectacular lake view, olive fields, very artistic rooms and an incredible garden where we could enjoy both breakfast and dinner. The owners are very hospitable and joyful and they serve only homemade dishes (with their own olive oil, their own vegetables from their garden, homemade gems and cheese…) very special and very delicious. Perfect indeed. We had the best time here and we would come back at any time, in the same place because it offers an authentic and classy Italian experience.
After a quick rest we were good to go, so we walked through the greenway del lago ( a leisurely and pleasant walk between Colonno and Cadenabbia following traces of the Antica Strada Regina, the antique connection road built by the Romans. This 10 km long itinerary leads through ancient villages with wonderful examples of architecture, along villas and gardens and offers charming views) and arrived to the wonderful Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo.
The garden-park of Villa Carlotta (about 8 hectares) is a very fascinating place: its favorable position, but also the harmonic coexistence of styles and the variety of plant species make it the place to be on a spring afternoon. The Italian garden with its geometrical schema, stair and terraces, statues and fountains date back to the XVII Century. While inside, you will feel overwhelmed by all its magnificent botanic garden and art masterpieces you can almost feel the echoes of the Romantic period, still alive in the structure of the park with old trees of big size and views of great charm.
I felt like a princess exploring – together with my Prince Charming – the tropical garden, the Japanese garden, the roses on the walls and the lemon tunnel…
Hope you enjoyed the post and the photos! There are more to come…After I will finish posting all the stories from lake Como you will fall in love for sure!