With its stunningly beautiful mountain geography, spectacular coast and lovely stone-clad villages, Lake Como is one of the most famous Italian Lakes destinations, 30 miles north of Milan.
Shaped like an inverted Y, Lake Como is surrounded by roaming mountains and lush, towering hills dotted with historic grande dame hotels, Baroque villas and picturesque hillside towns offering awe-inspiring panoramic views. Festooned with azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons, Lake Como looks more photogenic than ever in spring and summer.
The nature enthusiasts will definitely enjoy its unique landscapes. A place of glorious sunshine and gentle pleasures, Lake Como, Lago di Como in Italian, has been a popular retreat for wealthy people since Roman times, and many celebrities and A-listers own or have owned villas on its shores, such as George Clooney, Madonna, Richard Branson, Sylvester Stallone, Gianni Versace, Matt Bellamy and Ronaldinho, just to mention a few.
From Roman emperors and aristocrats to Hollywood stars, everyone loves Lake Como. The stunning beauty of this picturesque setting continues to draw in the rich and famous. With its verdant cypress shores, Italy’s Lake Como is the movie-set idea of a luxury resort. This is the place to relax and enjoy la dolce vita. Life is slower around here than in mega-paced Milan.
The adorable little villages that hug the shore, the mountainous hinterland and the Baroque villas in their lush, green, impeccably manicured gardens sprinkled around the coast make Lake Como a pretty magnificent location.
Villa Oleandra, George Clooney’s 22-room summer home, located in the town of Laglio, on Lake Como’s south-western shores, is a wonderful example of 18th-century lakeside villa, offering breathtaking views from its windows.
Similar opulent lakeside villas and grand houses on the shores of Lake Como are up for sale or available for rent, and many have been converted into exclusive wedding venues and luxury grand hotels.