Lake Como Élite
Lake Como is renowned as the most beautiful of the Italian Lakes. The stunning natural beauty of Lake Como has gained an exalted reputation among the stars, providing a secluded haven of tranquillity for many illustrious celebrities.
Lake Como offers infinite views of dramatic mountains rolling down to the water’s edge where Romanesque villas line the shore.
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Impressive Links to Film and Celebrities & Romantic Italian Culture
Lake Como offers infinite views of dramatic mountains rolling down to the water’s edge where Romanesque villas line the shore. Lake Como’s spectacular scenery and ancient Roman history has captivated wealthy aristocrats and distinguished artists for centuries, and the area is now famed for its impressive links to film and celebrities. The vicinity of Lake Como has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, and the ancient village is still surrounded by fortification walls commissioned by Julius Caesar. Renowned for its momentous architecture, the town of Lake Como has retained its historic character, with a number of well-preserved buildings maintaining a striking presence in the town.
The Duomo is an imposing cathedral that was constructed between 1396 and 1740, embodying a range of architectural influences spanning three different centuries, elegantly melding Gothic and Renaissance styles. To appreciate even earlier architecture, the grand marble Broletto dates back as a town hall in the 1200s and now presents art exhibitions all year round. In recent history, many iconic film scenes have been shot in various locations around Lake Como and the former Franciscan monastery Villa del Balbianello has featured in films such as A Month by the Lake starring Vanessa Redgrave and Uma Thurman, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and most recently, Casino Royale.
Embellished with resplendent villas, the towns around the picturesque waterfront are enlivened by a brimming calendar of cultural events. With so much rich Italian culture and architecture to explore, it is impossible to list all the hidden treasures that Lake Como has to offer. However, the most famous villa surrounding Lake Como is Villa Carlotta, Tremezzo, a stunning baroque temple of rare artistic and natural beauty encompassing a magnificent botanic garden and a museum of 19th Century art masterpieces.
Reaching its greatest glory in the 19th Century under the ownership of patron of the arts Gian Battista Sommariva. The villa was so enriched by works of art that it became a museum exhibiting a collection of notable works such as Thorvaldsen’s monumental frieze Alessandro Magno’s entrance to Babylon and the famous Hayez painting Romeo and Juliet last farewell. Whilst the romantic botanic garden is renowned for the spring flowering of rhododendrons’ and azaleas’ providing a magical outdoor escape, the museum inside the villa is a must-see for art aficionados.
Nestled along the banks of Lake Como, Bellagio is one of the most picturesque towns in Europe, and the Bellagio festival is an unmissable event which takes place from June to early September, showcasing musical performance combining arts, music and literature. Immersing attendants in various walks of traditional Italian life, the Bellagio festival aims to represent Italy’s eminence as the destination for intellectuals. The events allow you to revel in cultural refinement whilst enjoying a relaxed atmosphere whether you are a classical music expert or seek an induction into musical spheres.
After Dark Sophistication
Whilst Lake Como is not renowned for wild nightlife, for dancing, relaxing and people watching, Lake Como exudes sophistication after dark. Lido Di Lenno is a popular restaurant and beach bar located close to the centre of Lake Como and overlooking the legendary Villa Balbianello and the Bay of Lenno. On Friday and Saturday nights, Lenno is transformed into a vibrant nightclub with a dancefloor, gazebos and candlelit seating providing the perfect setting for dancing on the beach.
The Finest Italian Cuisine
Fine dining is at the heart of Italian culture, and Lake Como’s renowned gourmet scene is defined by traditional Italian cuisine sourced from and inspired by the lake. Cernobbio Risorante II Gatto Nero is an exclusive place to spend an evening dining with VIPs whilst enjoying spectacular views across Lake Como. Classic Italian dishes make up an elegant and elaborate menu, and in summer a seat on the balcony will see you enjoy world-class Italian fare against a backdrop of one of the world’s most magnificent vistas.
La Veranda at Villa D’Este offers impressive Italian haute cuisine prepared with imagination and characterised by tradition. Overlooking Lake Como, the views from the restaurant are breathtaking, with impeccable service and a welcoming and discreet atmosphere adding to an exceptional all-round dining experience.
One of the most antique restaurants around Lake Como is the Navedano Restaurant which fuses modern and rustic features in the grand setting of an elegant historical building. The menu offers creative variations of classic Italian dishes which are best enjoyed alfresco on the terrace in summer.
Palatial Hotels of Opulent History
Hotels around Lake Como are palaces of opulent history, providing the most luxurious and exclusive retreats on the shores of the lake. The Grand Hotel Tremezzo is an authentic Art Noveau palace characterised by a majestic period interior from which stunning views of Bellagio and the Grigne mountains can be observed. As one of the oldest luxury hotels on Lake Como dating back to the early 1900s, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo celebrates a century of charming and authentic Italian hospitality with all the modern comforts you could wish for.
Inviting guests to be immersed in one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is a peaceful haven far from the madding crowd. For those looking to indulge in wellbeing, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni offers a range of luxurious spa and beauty treatments as well as sports facilities including a first-class gym and tennis court.
Hailed as one of the best hotels in the world, Villa d’Este is an opulent hotel overlooking the glorious Lake Como set within 25 acres of enchanting gardens. Famed for its stunning setting, superb cuisine and extraordinary hospitality, the interior of the hotel exudes a palatial atmosphere, decorated with antique furnishings and art works which encapsulate the luxury and magnificence of a bygone era.