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7 Towns That Are A Must Visit On Lake Como

July 31, 2019

Enjoy the deep blue waters sheltered beneath commanding, and luscious green mountains. The traditional Italian lakeside villas are perched effortlessly on the sloping hills. During summers you can enjoy the boat rides on the lake and hike around the spectacular natural scenery. You can also explore the various towns and villages that are scattered around Lake Como.

Mentioned below are some of the most stunning towns in Lake Como:

 

1. Bellagio

 

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Bellagio, often referred to as the Pearl of Lake Como, is probably the most famous town of Como Lake. Its picturesque and strategic location makes it one of the most sought-after destinations of Lake Como. The best way to discover Bellagio is without a doubt by taking a walk through its picturesque old town centre. The town is situated on two levels: the lower part by the lake, as well as the higher part that requires some up-hill walking on cobbled streets and staircases.

 

2. Varenna

 

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Varenna is an attractive village on the eastern shore of Lake Como, looking over the central part of the lake towards Bellagio. Varenna’s picturesque lanes and old fishermen’s houses are unpretentiously appealing. Moreover, quite a lot of visitors prefer to visit this town over its grander neighbours. Varenna is a popular tourist destination with its pretty waterfront and tiny stone beach. The main tourist activities in Varenna are relaxing by the lake, and also visiting the gardens of Villa Monastero and Villa Cipressi.

 

3. Tremezzo

 

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Tremezzo is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Lake Como, situated just in front of Bellagio. It has a stunning view of the central basin and the Grigne. Since 1947, the village, along with Lenno and Mezzegra, has become part of a unique commune, known as Tremezzina. The marvellous villas and huge hotels built from 15th to the 19th century, have also made Tremezzo a tourism landmark. Tremezzo does have two souls, coastal and hilly, both beautiful and suggestive, offering the opportunity to choose different interesting journeys.

 

4. Lecco

 

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The town and resort of Lecco is in a lovely location at the southern tip of Lake Como, one of the popular Lombardy lakes. The highlight is the waterfront area, with its views along the lake and between the mountains, surrounded by this town. Lecco is quite a busy commercial town rather than a ‘tourist destination’. However, you should visit this place to appreciate the setting and the monuments in the town.

 

5. Bellano

 

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Bellano stands on a cape, where the vast panorama embraces the lake’s western shores, from the town of Menaggio up to the town of Dongo. It is famous for l’Orrido (Ravine), a gorge formed by the waters of the Pioverna torrent. Bellano strikes a chord with those who enjoy the picturesque charm of lake side villages. As soon as you step foot on land, you’ll feel as if time has stopped and you’ll be drawn by the timeless elegance of Piazza Grossi.

 

6. Menaggio

 

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Menaggio makes a fine base from which to explore the northern and southern sections of the lake. It is popular with British visitors and home to some residents who commute 8 miles to Lugano, Switzerland. This aesthetically pleasing, extremely laid-back town is similar to Bellagio, though it is somewhat less popular. Menaggio is a bustling place with hotels, restaurants, live entertainment, arcades, shops, and even a mini-golf course. It’s quite possible to spend an entire day lazing about the lovely lakefront promenade, with its flower beds and palm trees. It’s worth climbing the steep stairs to explore the older part of town where you can see remnants of the former wall.

 

7. Argegno

 

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Argegno is not glamorous, and that is one of its charm. It has retained its individual character, and remained a simple, unspoilt village where locals far outnumber visitors. Unlike its neighbours, it offers travellers a glimpse of authentic village life. Stroll along a lakeside promenade of lime trees to the small triangular piazza which is the heart of Argegno. Furthermore, Argengo is situated on one of the narrowest parts of Lake Como. The view and the food is so good that you will spend most of your evenings eating risotto with wine.

 

The land here is beautiful, in addition magnificent ridges are harmoniously combined with waters of the crystal-clear lake. Also, the human touch in the form of refined architectural constructions and centuries of history are waiting to reveal their secrets.

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