Did you know Lake Como is only about an hour’s ride from Milan? There are numerous grand villas that line Lake Como. Taking the slow ferry gives you a glimpse at a few!
Villa Balbianello in Lenno is one of the most scenic residences on the lake and is famous for its terraced gardens. It was originally built for Cardinal Angelo Durini and sits high up on a hill overlooking Bellagio and the lake. The Loggia Durini is a popular wedding venue. This location has made its way into a variety of movies like Casino Royale and Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo besides being a magnificent hotel has a floating pool! This historic property was recently renovated and very popular on the Lake. Enjoy the restaurants or the spa. Terrace dining has you looking over to Bellagio. While here be sure to stop next door and visit Villa Carlotta. Built in 1690 it features a lovely Italian garden. Again, if you are taking the ferry to Bellagio or Varenna you can hop off in Tremezzo to visit here.
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is another lovely spot to stay, just lunch or grab a drink. The Villa was built back in the 15th century. The park is not part of the property and the Gardens at Villa Melzi are time better spent.
Villa D’Este originally had a female convent on this site but it was later demolished to make way for a private residence. It too has beautiful gardens. In 1873 it was converted into a hotel and it has seen the likes of many celebs!
Did you miss the beginning of this series on Lake Como? Here is a link to Part One- Lago di Como – a series