Much has been written about Lake Como, its romantic atmosphere, the dazzling water views and the picturesque towns. Experience it at its best staying at the Mosaic House, a villa set in one of the most spectacular spots of the Villa d’Este grounds, within the estate’s iconic mosaic garden and its Nymphaeum. The villa was recently restored with access from its own private courtyard, and it provides you with the unique experience of marrying the intimacy and the privacy of a luxe home on the lake, with the unrivaled services and amenities that only the prestigious Villa d’Este can offer.
Nearest Airport: Milan Malpensa 47 min
Nearest serviced town: Cernobbio, within walking distance
Nearest major city: Como 10 min
Driving time estimated by Google Maps
The area of Lake Como is abundant in picturesque towns with narrow cobbled streets, breathtaking views, and lovely homes and gardens, best visited from late spring to early fall. Take a stroll through the city of Como to enjoy its history and architecture, then hop on the ferry and head north to visit other towns on the lakeshore.
However, there is more to do in this area than traditional sightseeing. Visitors can book a flight over the lake by seaplane or take the funiculare (hillside trolley) to Brunate and enjoy spectacular views from above. Extreme sports enthusiasts can enjoy paragliding off of Mount Nuvolone. Small and large groups alike can book boat tours with our concierge to enjoy the lake from the water, having fun spotting properties owned by the rich and famous (Donatella Versace, Madonna, and George Clooney, among others).
For the more adventurous, Lake Como also offers water-skiing, wind surfing, and wake boarding. Bikers will surely enjoy the natural trails that lead to the mountains or even hidden pebbled beaches. Go for a round of golf or tennis at one of the many locations across the lake region. Lake Como has something for everyone! With fashion-capital Milan just 45 minutes away, it's no wonder that Lake Como also offers excellent designer shopping.
WHERE TO EAT
Momi - Excellent fresh local food served on a romantic and panoramic terrace. Memorable experience if you are there at sunset! You can arrive also by boat and access the restaurant from the water via private dock. Ask the locals for directions because the place it is a little hard to find.
Frazione Riva, Blevio - +39 334 120 2327
Crotto dei Platani - Another great place on the water. Great food, excellent wine and magnificent view...who could ask for more? Try the potato and porcini flan with Taleggio cheese.
Via Regina 73, Brienno - +39 031 814038
La Veranda at Villa D'Este - This classic restaurant offers great views of the lake. The perfect combination of food, atmosphere and service make this a must!
Via Regina 40, Villa d'Este, Cernobbio - +39 031 3481
Trattoria del Glicine - Great typical food in a traditional setting. 10 minute drive uphill from Cernobbio. Try the duck and - if in season - the white asparagus salad.
Via Vittorio Veneto 1, Località Piazza Santo Stefano In Collina - +39 031 511332
Osteria del Beuc - Unpretentious trattoria, local atmosphere and good typical dishes with a menu changing daily. Outdoor seating available.
Via Felice Cavallotti 1, Cernobbio - +39 031 341633
Cardamomo - Fabulous pizza and artisanal beer. Child friendly. No reservations taken, show up early (around 7:00pm) to get a table.
Via Carloni 2 f/g, Como - +39 031 301919
WHERE TO SHOP
Clothing - Tessabit Plinio, elegant contemporary concept clothing store selling the best of Italian Fashion.
Piazza Cavour 34, Como - +39 031 304348
Food - Taste the Formaggio Lariano produced throughout the year with milk obtained exclusively in the province of Como. Buy this goodie at Latteria Alto Lario.
Via Statale 178, Dongo - +39 0344 821 84
Silk accessories - Como is also famous for silk manufacturing, a place to buy some articles is Azalea Bellagio.
Salita Serbelloni 31, Bellagio - +39 031 950 984
Leather goods - Quelli della pelle, artisanal hand-made products, 100% made in Bellagio.
Salita Serbelloni 22, Bellagio - +39 031 951 393