Lake Como Travel Guide + Hotels
Italy's Lake Como is the deepest lake in Europe, in the foothills of the Alps, and is just a short drive from Milan - the contrast between the hustle and bustle of the city and the serene tranquility of the lake could not be more striking.
The area boast impressive scenery, with mountains rolling down to the waters edge, and while the summer months are hot it is often still possible to see snow on the peaks of the mountains across the lake.
The lake has long been a popular destination for Italians escaping the heat of the cities, and as a result there are many historic and beautiful villas lining the shores, such as the Villa Carlotta and the Villa D'Este, as well as many larger villas that have in recent years been converted into luxury hotels.
The area's beauty has earnt it a reputation among the stars, with Como being used as a location for the recent James Bond film, Casino Royale, and with a number of celebrities choosing to make Como their second (or fifth or sixth..) home.
While just about every town on the lake side has its charms, some of the most spectacular views are to be found near the middle of the lake, between Tremezzo, Mennagio, Bellagio and Varenna where the sheer scale of the area, from the depth of the lake to the height of the mountains around, can be seen.