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Lake Como: “A treasure, which the Earth keeps to itself.”

By: Daniel Evon / Photographs Courtesy of villages of Como and Bellagio

  • Lake Como, A Treasure that which the Earth keeps to itself - William Wordsworth

Lake Como “A treasure, which the Earth keeps to itself

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In the words of William Wordsworth, Lake Como is, “A treasure, which the Earth keeps to itself.” Located in the heart of the Lombardy region of Italy, the majesty of Lake Como has attracted some of the most illustrious figures throughout history, including the English poet, William Wordsworth, who used his rhythmic prose to capture the utter brilliance of the landscape surrounding the area. Wordsworth first arrived at Lake Como in 1790 while taking a walking tour through France and the Swiss Alps. You can read more of his journeys in his poems, Descriptive Sketches, published in 1793.

  • Lake Como itself is one of the deepest lakes in all of Europe and is the third largest lake in Italy.

Lake Como, Ballagio and Como are a must see!

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Lake Como itself is one of the deepest lakes in all of Europe and is the third largest lake in Italy. The jagged shoreline is dotted with small, colorful villages that welcome visitors with homemade delicacies and quaint lodgings. The Lake Como ferry service is well connected and can help visitors travel the length of the lake to admire all of the small, unique towns that grace the shore. One of the most popular stops for visitors are the villages of Como and Bellagio. The latter is shaped like an inverted “Y” and is located at the conjunction of the two legs of the lake, so both sides of Bellagio are surrounded by water.

  • The charming, picturesque villages are enhanced by the stunning nature surrounding the lake.

Charming Villas of Lake Como

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Visiting Lake Como is a unique experience; it’s where tourism, history, art and nature have all come together to combine harmoniously. The charming, picturesque villages are enhanced by the stunning nature surrounding the lake. Whether you’re looking to hike through the mountains, or put your feet up with a good book at one of the villas, there are lots of options for travelers. Take at least one boat trip throughout Lake Como and enjoy a peek at the other small towns with their lakeside promenades, luxurious villas, and verdant gardens. Be sure not to miss the gelaterias, with each shop uniquely crafting and scooping their delicious gelato.

  • In Como, many of the old villas have been converted into art galleries and wonderful little shops.

A Lake Como Villa and Garden

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If you’re ready for an even more spectacular view, consider a trip up a funicular, a hillside trolley, which will take you up the side of the mountain to see the lake and all the small towns from above. In Como, many of the old villas have been converted into art galleries and wonderful little shops. If your up for a high-flying adventure, consider a seaplane tour that will take you over and across the lake. Be sure to get some great photos as you come back in for a landing, right over the water for a thrilling splash down.

  • Lake Como has been popular with the rich and famous for millennia.

A Popular retreat since Roman times

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Lake Como has been popular with the rich and famous for millennia. In the 1st century, A.D. Pliny the Younger built the Comedia and the Tragedia resorts. Today, Lake Como is still a popular destination for aristocrats and celebrities, with the likes of Madonna, George Clooney and Richard Branson all visiting or owning a home on its shores. We think William Wordsworth said it best in his Descriptive Sketches of 1793 when he extolled the incredible beauty of the region and the "Fair, Dark Eyed Maidens of the Lake." Bellissimo!

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