Lake Como in Italy holds many secrets. It is one of the beautiful places in the world, where that has probably appeared in the Instas of every single A-list celebrity you follow?
It seems that the only reason we do not visit Lake Como is that it looks so posh from the get-go. However, it does not have to be so.
With the vacation rentals near Lake Como Italy, getting more affordable every year, Lake Como is hardly a distant dream!
Here’s how to travel fancy round Lake Como without spending big bucks? Here’s your one step guide-
Buy stuff from Como
The Como market holds treasures for any traveler. With two major markets and several smaller ones, you have something for everyone. The Historical Market along the city walls is your gateway to all the souvenirs you may need, while, the Craft Market is held on every first three Saturdays of the month!
The stuff here is reasonably priced and according to your comforts. Pro tip, always explores as you buy. Como is a beautiful area to get lost in with history dotting it all across the place. There is also history to be found here.
Go to the significant cathedral Duomo within the city limits and marvel at the architecture. Dating back to the 14th century, it holds many tales, and you need to see it to believe it!.
Visit Bellagio by boat
Bellagio is the most famous town around Lake Como, and it is situated right where the lake intersects. This beautiful nook of a place is made to be visited by the boats.
Once, you reach, you will see the Italy that we so often marvel about, with cobbled streets and straight cut roads running all through the place.
The Lakeside holds the best of restaurants and cafes in the area and is a busy nook where you can just get lost for hours at an end.
If that does not hold your fancy for long, roam around the streets and discover for yourself the long history of the Bellagio estate. You will also find the famous Basilica of St. Giacomo here, the beautiful architectural marvel has some artworks that date back to the 1400s and across that is from the 11th century!
Sightseeing from Villa del Balbianello
Villa del Balbianello is located on the Western bank. It offers a beautiful view of the lake and is filled with wonderful gardens to the brim.
What’s more, you can have your fun here, by going for a short hike to get atop the Villa and marvel at the area. Trek across and see the different sights of Lake Como through the many balconies situated all across the road.
Also, make sure to indulge in a bit of fun while you are up there. This is one of the spots where Star Wars was filmed, so fans have been known to cosplay here. So, if you are looking for that one lightsaber battle to film with your date, this might be your spot!
I admit that Bellagio might be a bit costly for everyone. However, just 15 minutes away lies, Varenna, a small town with beautiful buildings all around the road.
Villa Monastero, just a short walk from the town, holds the most exotic plants in full-view. It is also one of the best places for you to relax and see the entire lake in one go.
If going higher is a priority. Varenna also houses the Castello di Vezio, a magnificent castle with real drawbridges and battlements.
You can live out your fantasy in the castle, and see the various things they put on display while
you roam around. Just like Villa Monastero, this place also offers a beautiful place to view the entirety of Lake Como from, only from the delight of a high perch.
Tremezzo is another one of those towns which often go missing from most tourist itineraries. However, it holds a lot of treasures for everyone to explore.
For one there are gardens aplenty for your walk away from the tired daily life. On the other hand, there are architectural marvels all round just for you to explore and breathe in.
Take, for example, the fascinating Villa Carlotta, which opens you to over 70000 square meters of green paradise to partake in. There are gardens in every other villa on your tour, but, what makes Villa Carlotta unique is the art.
Doubling as a museum, the Villa displays a large art collection for the visitors that can enchant any passerby. It also has some of the oldest plants you will find.
Now, you cannot say you have been to Italy and not walked in between a sea of orchids, can you?
Saving the best for the last is how they do it in Italia. The Taxiboat is something you can board from Varenna to go around the town partaking in the views of all the riverside monuments and the Lake itself.
While the cruise is the preferred way to go for the travelers, the Taxiboat offers quite a vivid experience that needs to be seen for yourself. You can see the large mansions owned by the “who’s who” of the world, and enjoy the way the glacial lake sleeps at her own pace.
If you are planning to pop open the special question any time soon, a Taxiboat is your place to do so!
Well, here we are. If you have not run out of excuses yet, remember that Lake Como boasts of some of the most beautiful Italian cuisines in the world! So, start packing!