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Lake Como, Italy – What makes it special

The lake is surrounded by steep wooded hillsides which are lined with orange terracotta roofs and villas that look almost toy like which leads down to the steep waters of Lake Como.

This jewel in the crown of Italy’s famous lakes is a haven of tranquility, majestic snow capped mountains in winter and wonderful water sports in summer superb cuisine and elegant style.

Como is in Lombardy which is North of Milan by 45km and in the Province of Como. Como is at the tip of the southwestern branch of this lake which is where the lake takes its name. Surrounding the town of Como is the Swiss border, only 20 minutes away and 20 minutes from neighbouring lake Lugano.

Lake Como itself is around 50 km long and to the west of Menaggio is where the lake splits in two into the famous Y shape. The mountains that surround the lake are about 2000 meters high and the lake up to 1350 feet deep which makes it one of the deepest in Europe.

There are many fine little Italian towns situated around the lake, with most being off the beaten track. For a real adventure try finding some of these – just remember to take your Italian phrase book. Try visiting one of the national villas which has over 500 species of plants, trees and shrubs from all over the world in its grounds. The town of Como itself is surrounded by high walls that once protected this place. Once inside you will find a haven of shops that would be perfect for any tourist or local.

The standard of hotels in Como is excellent, most are built and furnished in traditional Italian style and all magnificent. Most hotels offer all inclusive deals which can be excellent value for money. Many hotels are across the road from the lakeside with stunning views from the front rooms, pool and terraces across the lake to Bellagio along with plenty of elegant restaurants, bars and lounges.lake como photo

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