Lago di Como has deep blue waters and is surrounded by the snow-covered Alps, bell towers and small towns. The lake is packed with history and culture and is world renowned for its sublime beauty and aura of enchantment. Villa d’Este, the celebrated luxury hotel in the village of Cernobbio, is as spectacular as the lake it graces. It has been luring poets, writers, artists, royalty and, of course, celebrities for nearly five centuries. A world heritage site, Villa d’Este has 25 acres of immaculate, breathtaking gardens and a unique floating swimming pool. Lake Como is truly Heaven on Earth, and just one hour north of Milan. Bellagio, an exquisite resort village on the shores of Lake Como, is known as the pearl on the lake. It is in a beautiful setting with considerable charm.
The Small List
Il Sereno – This modern all-suite hotel with a panoramic view from every inch of the outstanding property is No 1 in Italy, No 2 in Europe, and No 20 in the world! Il Sereno flawlessly incorporates the unparalleled beauty of the lake into its contemporary design. Experience Lake Como dining at its finest on this exquisite lakeside setting. The hotels Michelin Starred restaurant, Berton al Lago, is where you will enjoy the most typical dishes from around Italy.
Villa Pliniana – The most luxurious villa on Lake Como where you can have your very own private sanctuary. Lush vegetation surrounds the villa. You can arrive in style through its helicopter landing pad, boat dock or, also, a car entryway.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo – An iconic art nouveau masterpiece sitting on the western shores of Lake Como. This masterpiece from times past has three pools, a lakeside private beach and lavish private park. Most importantly, with five distinct bars and restaurants, you will always find something to suit your mood.
Villa d’Este – Once the residence of the Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio, Villa d’Este is now an elegant luxury hotel. It is, unquestionably, famous all over the world. A jewel of a suite is the Cardinal Suite with a spacious terrace overlooking the lake.
C-Hotel & Spa – A forward thinking minimalist boutique hotel in the hills near the shores of Lake Como. A retreat where you can escape the frenzy of everyday life by immersing yourself in an oasis of pure pleasure.
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni – The only 5-star luxury hotel in Bellagio and one of the most prestigious historic hotels in the area. Above all, it is timeless, sumptuous and on the shores of one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.
VERANDA, Villa d’Este – Overlooking the lake and the gardens, summer tables are set on the terrace where the menu is traditional Italian haute cuisine. In other words, spectacular!
Ristorante Il Gatto Nero – A popular destination for celebrities, politicians, world famous athletes and local clientele, Il Gatto Nero is a glamorous “corner of paradise” with a terrace and a wonderful view of Lake Como.
Locanda La Tirlindana – Arrive by boat and dine on the lakeside terrace. The creative cuisine consists of pasta, fresh seafood and grilled meats.
Ristorante Navedano – Navedano is celebrated in Como for its floral bouquets and elegant period style atmosphere. The cuisine is refined and the location inside an ancient mill is a perfect fusion of modern and rustic. The fourth generation of the Casartelli family celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the restaurant in 1996.
Al Veluu – Located discreetly in the western shores of Lake Como, Al Veluu hosts many of Lake Como’s rich and famous. The seasonal menu includes regional Italian and Mediterranean food.
Mistral Restaurant – Offering views like nowhere else in the world, Michelin starred Mistral is located on the panoramic terrace of the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio overlooking Lake Como. Led by Chef Ettore Bocchia, the leading Italian expert in molecular cuisine, the menu offers creative, elevated Italian cuisine.
PreTesto – For Umbria food lovers, and for the best burger in Italy! Taste wines from selected local producers, the best cured meats and craft beers. PreTesto offers a taste experience that has its roots in ancient gastronomic traditions made of genuine ingredients. The menu is creative and seasoned with a pinch of glam.
Harry’s Bar – Located in one of the most beautiful squares of Lake Como, Riva of Cernobbio, Harry’s Bar has been serving genuine Italian dishes and cocktails since 1973.
Things to Do
Lago di Como – A popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, and a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems. It has many villas and palaces. The secret to visiting the region is to travel by boat…a splendid treat!
Bellagio – A commune in the Province of Como in the Italian region of Lombardy, also located on Lake Como.
Pool On the Lake, Villa d’Este – This unique pool floats on the lake and. Most importantly, it features a built-in Jacuzzi.