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Garbo, Versace, Churchill, Kennedy: lucky Como has all the glamorous friends. Across the Adriatic Sea is another great lake, which also draws opera singers and musicians, actors and poets, who come every year for its annual summer festival, ohridskoleto.

The following text has been taken from discovercomo. Lake Como is surrounded by a plethora of vibrant towns and hillside villages. You could spend years discovering the nooks and crannies of every one, but here are some flashes of what the area has to offer… Argegno Despite its small size, Argegno boasts a large waterfront and marina whilst Shignana, a close neighbour of the town, is nestled dramatically in the arresting cliffside.

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As a pair, these towns offer both old and new and are consequently evolving into go-to destinations. Argegno itself sits in the mouth of the Intelvi Valley, between Como and Menaggio and is made even more picturesque by the River Telo running through it, as well as attractive sights such as the 18th century Santa Anna Church which is home to some original frescoes and ornate furniture. For a quick adrenaline kick, a cable car from Argegno will take you up to Pigra which has incredible views of the lake. This beautiful phraseology certainly sets the tone for an enchanting area which is warm with vibrant cafe culture and Italian frisson, but also has a backdrop of snow-capped mountains on the still Swiss border.

Imagine cobbled alleys, porticos and rustic buildings hosting deer eateries bursting with creative cuisine. Despite having a history of aristocrats, royalty, scientists, artists and intellectuals visiting its shores, there is also a charming modesty about Bellagio. Two key villas to visit are Villa Melzi and Villa Serbelloni. The town is probably most easily accessed by boat, also giving you an excuse to take to the magical lake itself! There is an eclectic selection of bars and restaurants. Sit back and soak up the luxury. Bellano Bellano is a delicious spot to moor your boat and perch on the lakeside with coffee and pastries.

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Alternatively, venture down the winding lanes and catch glimpses of the wonderful old houses. Bellano is located on the eastern side of the lake and is home to waterfront memorials in honour of Tommaso Grossi, the 19th-century writer, and Sigismondo Boldoni, the 17th-century scientist. Bellano attracts many visitors wishing to see the Gorge of the Pioverna Stream; snow which has swelled the stream in spring has gradually cut a gorge through the rocks, which you can explore using a variety of ladders and passages. Bellano is also home to the most famous yacht club on the lake for those wanting to live the life of Riley!

The gorgeous waterside town is made up of seven small villages and offers a fantastic selection of shops, eateries and bars. Cadenabbia Cadenabbia is known for its exquisite villas and its rich history. Let yourself be fascinated by the heritage of this little town set between mountain and shore as the ambiance of a bygone age soaks through the atmosphere. Situated on the slopes of Mount Crocione and with the Dolomite Mountains as a backdrop, there is something irresistibly dramatic about Cadenabbia.

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Yet the village offers a gentle pace of life which pays homage to the eras reflected in much of its architecture, around the 17thth centuries. Cadenabbia the Griante area which Lake Como and all that exists greats such as Giuseppe Verdi who composed the wonderful aria of La Triavata, as well as world-class composer Stendhal. Do take time to enjoy some of the walks around Griante; you will be able to admire the San Martino church which dates back to the 16th century, as well as of course breath-taking lake views.

During your time in Cadenabbia you could also visit the ancient inn which was used, in centuries gone by, to host boatmen transporting goods from Lecco and Como. There are some beautiful hotels in the area which have been inspired by the inn, such as the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia and Hotel Riveria; pop in for a spontaneous cocktail and enjoy a place evocative of old story and myth.

The villa also boasts dream-like dining terraces, a floating swimming pool and regal architecture. The town is situated alongside the slopes of Mount Bisbono and boasts a classically attractive old quarter and exotic lakefront…take us there now! Cernobbio is also within a reasonable distance of the sublime Villa Erba. You can feel like royalty in Cernobbio, after all it is often described as the Beverley Hills of Lake Como!

However a lack of pretension surrounds the area, mostly thanks to its dominant Italian character. There are also several military fortifications remaining including two forts at walking distance from the centre and you can see the remains of Spanish domination in the form of the fort which is located on the hill of Monteggiolo. Colico is a brilliant family destination thanks to its diverse choice of watersports and outdoor activities, just a few of which include swimming, cycling, tennis and boating. The pretty port is home to a pedestrianised piazza and promenade, full of welcoming restaurants and shops.

Calico nightlife is also vibrant enough to please a younger crowd and in the summer season open air theatres put on nightly cabaret and music shows. Piona Bay is also well worth a visit with its three lovely beaches.

The artificial river bed makes for an ideal nesting space for various bird species, rendering the Piano di Spagna area a magnet for naturalists. If you fancy a big day out, catch the direct rail link to Milan. Deer shopping, chic cafes and truly admirable architecture reassure you that you are at the heart of glamorous Italy.

Give yourself at least a day here and witness the beating heart of the lake at work. The centre of Como town fans out from the stunning Duomo. Do pay a visit to the beautiful cathedral; you may just be left breathless. The portal window has statues either side; one of the famous Pliny the Elder who was a famous author, naturalist and philosopher and the other is his nephew Pliny the Younger, a lawyer, author and philosopher.

Cernobbio is also home to the marvellous Villa Olma and is famous for its stunning silks, Lake Como and all that exists you can learn more about at the Museum of Silk. Como is situated in the south on the western branch of the lake and is, surprisingly, traditionally an industrial town. Just 50km north of Milan and sewn to Switzerland, Como is a hub of Italian living. So much so in fact, that the town has a vibrant history; the centre of Como was moved from the hills to its current location on the orders of Julius Caesar and the town was later destroyed by Milan, again by Austrians and then ruled by Napoleon for 19 years.

Como has been through the mill and yet has recovered to become the capital of the beautiful lake that it is today. If you just want to veg out, then no problem, the sandy beaches beckon you. The ancient fishing village also caters to the sporty soul by boasting tennis courts, a football pitch and a gym.

The steep narrow streets of Domaso gradually climb from the lakeside towards the mountains, providing some brilliantly picturesque entertainment for keen walkers. For those who prefer a less challenging gradient, the 18th century Villa Camilla is now an impressive town hall and the building hosts concerts, antique and art exhibitions and many other celebratory events in its stylish perimeters throughout the year.

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The gardens of Villa Camilla are aromatically carpeted in camellias, conifer, magnolia and lemon trees. St Bartholomew church is another elegant site; built in the s the church holds frescoes of the Ligari and Silva families as well as the tomb of Luigi Panizza, Governer of the Forte di Fuentes. Water babies will have a whale of a time at the boat hire centre; a very impressive establishment in Dongo which will allow you to charter your very own vessel.

You will also have the opportunity to try windsurfing, kitesurfing and sailing. Gravedona Gravedona can be found in a bewitching gulf skirted with striking mountains; a great base for exploring the northern parts of Lake Como. As well as an abundance of watersports the town offers a selection of charming local squares, petite lanes and winding streets peppered with oldy-wordly churches and monuments in the ancient quarter.

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Well worth a glance are the original mosaics on the floors of the church of Santa Maria del Tiglio, which is constructed with black and white marble and built on the site of a 5th century baptistery. Old and new make a classic contrast thanks to the contemporary promenade redevelopment. The San Vicenzo church was originally built in and still holds a crypt dating back to the 6th century today, despite the building itself having been rebuilt. As well as plenty of indulgence for history lovers, Gravedona has spectacular views across Lake Como for naturalists. You can hire boats, swim, dive and try various watersports such as sailing in the lido area.

Griante Griante sits on the western edge of Lake Como and is cherished for its striking views across the lake. The countryside villas surrounding the area are captivating in their authenticity and the small church perched on the hillside is as pretty as one plucked from a painted postcard. From Roman ruins to late medieval fortifications and early Christian churches there is plenty to attract an avid historian. For a romantic outing, take a boat across to the island in the evening and dine in the middle of the lake at the lovely restaurant.

Just like the villa of it famous resident, George Clooney. Laglio is situated on the western branch of the lake and the wooded area behind the town with the slopes of Monte Colmegnone. There is also the Church of S. Giorgio which dates back to the 16th century and contains stuccowork by Stefano Salterio of Como, as well as 17th century paintings and sculptures.

Lecco is reasonably commercial but it is also one of the least touristy areas of Lake Como for those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle. Mountain access is also easy from the area, so is ideal for serious walkers. Lecco is dramatically set between the cliffs of Monte Coltignone and Resegone and is best reached by bridge, rendering it ruggedly enigmatic. Lenno Lenno is a waterside town with unparalleled views across the Gulf of Venus, on the west side of Lake Como.

Lenno is also home to some go-to spots such as the chic beachside restaurant and bar Lido di Lenno and the regally pretty promenade which le to Villa Balbianello. The villa was originally constructed by Cardinal Angelo Durini on the site of a small Franciscan monastery. After passing through the hands of several prestigious owners, the villa was finally owned by the Lake Como and all that exists explorer Guido Monzino, who was the first man to climb Everest.

The villa now belongs to the Italian Trust and it is now possible to tour this exquisite building which has been the set of several James Bond films.

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Neither shaken or stirred, the villa sits resplendently still on its regal seat in Lenno. For swimmers, the lido can be found at the southern end of the bay along with a restaurant and beach, whilst further down there is also a free pebble beach to frolic on.

Lido di Lenno is a fabulous contemporary beach bar complete with cocktails, chic decor and a beach dancefloor disco at the weekends which goes on well into the small hours with candlelit gazebos to boot! Walkers will be delighted with the hike from Lenno up to Monte di Tremezzo which involves superb views and a section which traverses through a tunnel in the cliff itself, leading you to the summit. The descent is far easier and follows an old military road down the slopes of Argegno before reaching a cable car directly to the lakeside for a drink!

Lezzeno Lezzeno has roots in ancient Ligurian and Celtic origins and is the last village you encounter before reaching Bellagio. While today it might be best known as a summer retreat for Hollywood film stars like George Clooney, Lake Como has been famous since the age of the Roman Empire.

Lake Como is a destination with a pure beauty, a marvelous nature and breath-taking views, from where you can walk, relax, discover the peace and enjoy the calm of an holiday. All baby that exists lake Como and. Name: Karlee Age: More profiles. Lake Como Towns and Villages. Discover lake como, italy The following text has been taken from discovercomo. Blevio Blevio sits on the Bellagio side of Lake Como. Things to do in lake como The gorgeous waterside town is made up of seven small villages and offers a fantastic selection of shops, eateries and bars.

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