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The beautiful town of Menaggio is located on Lake Como in Lombardia, Italy. Menaggio is one of Lake Como's principal vacation destinations. With a great selection of hotels, restaurants, attractions and a mild climate, Menaggio is a must see on any tour of Italy.
The four star Grand Hotel Victoria is situated directly on Lake Como. The hotel was built in 1890 and has recently been restored to its original grandeur. Patrons will enjoy dining on superb regional cuisine and fresh seafood at the hotel's restaurant, Le Tout Paris, as orchestral music drifts from the Hotel Victoria's garden. The Hotel Garni Corona has been rated #1 among Menaggio hotels. It is centrally located in the town's main plaza and is within walking distance to several shops, restaurants and a lakeside promenade. The hotel is family owned, offers a hearty home-style breakfast and an excellent waitstaff.
Menaggio offers a variety of restaurants, cafes, pubs and wine bars. Two of the best are Il Ristorante di Paolo and Red Bay. The former serves a range of delectable dishes from contemporary Italian cuisine to regional favorites like cured lake fish. Red Bay is a cozy Italian eatery with a view of Lake Como. A local favorite, it serves a selection of pizzas as well as pastas and desserts.
One of Menaggio's most popular attractions is a yacht tour around Lake Como. EaseAway books a variety of tours and also offers sailing lessons with a certified Royal Yachting Association skipper. Tours are available throughout the day and multiple day excursions are also available.
Located nearby Menaggio, the Villa Monastero was a Cistercian convent built in 1208 AD and dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene. The convent was dissolved in 1567 and in 1963 became an international cultural and scientific research center. The villa itself has been restored to its late nineteenth century state including the villa's collection of antique furnishings. The villa's charming garden offers a peaceful walk along the lake shore. Likely the villa's most famous attraction, the gardens combine sculptural and architectural elements with rare botanical specimens.
For golf enthusiasts, the Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club offers a challenging 18 hole game with a tranquil view of the lake and Central Alps. The course was redesigned in 1965, but the new design stuck to British tradition. Due to the course's allowance for variation in the terrain, it is short but requires precision. Formed in 1907, the club has inspired many well known golfers, such as Antonio Roncoroni, the founder of the Italian PGA. The club's library is one of Menaggio's most treasured attractions. Contained therein in stately barrister bookcases is what is widely considered the most valuable collection of golf literature in the world.