A testament to Lake Como’s spectacular beauty is that both Italians and tourists from around the world come flocking to holiday homes and Lake Como villas along its shores, despite the tough competition all around Italy. You'll probably recognize the scenery from any number of films, including the most recent Star Wars, Ocean's Twelve, and as a favorite retreat of James Bond. What makes this three-armed lake so attractive? First of all, it is huge, and boasts numerous shoreline villages with abundant holiday rentals and Lake Como apartments that accentuate the authentic playground culture of Italy that is deeply rooted in this country’s past. Also with booking a Lake Como accommodation you'll stay on the third largest of the upper Italian lakes after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore.
People have been swimming, fishing and boating on Lake Como for centuries, if not millennia, and so it makes sense that newer water sports such as windsurfing, jet skiing and kayaking have fallen right into place here. The scenery is incredible, with cloud-enshrouded green mountains and rocky precipices jutting out from the earth an looming over the pristine blue of the lake. But this savage beauty is only accentuated by the remarkable juxtaposition of centuries-old architecture, villages of white walls and red tile roofs that hearken back to Roman Italy, and give a true sense of structured, civilized grace and Italian charm in the midst of the wild, untamed splendor of the lake. It is in these adorable little village that you'll find some of the finest Lake Como villas and Lake Como apartments has to offer. While in many countries such natural beauty would be spoiled by tasteless high rise hotel resorts and hot dog stands, Italy flaunts its incredible sophistication nonchalantly at Lake Como.
Indeed, the word “resorts” even takes on a whole new meaning, seeming to allude more to aristocratic outings in the countryside than vacation packages with water slides. Of course, water sports are abundant, in addition to land-based active pursuits and travel sports. Cycling around the circumference of the lake is delightful, as incredible vistas of the deep rich watery blue and gem-like resort villages seem to pop out around every turn. Hiking and camping Lake Como are also quite popular, while on Lake Como accommodations such as luxury Lake Como holiday villas on the waterfront are widely available. Large architecture at Villa d’Este evokes the sense that one is vacationing in the midst of European spas of yesteryear, and boasts incredible views of the lake. Villa del Balbianello is also a must-see destination, as well as Sacro Monte di Ossuccio, which has been inscribed into the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Feel right at home with the stars that populate these shores (George Clooney, for example, owns a holiday home here) during your stay in Lake Como villas.
You prefer to stay on one of the rather non-touristy upper Italian lakes? Here you are: