Bellagio and the Gardens of Villa Melzi
Bellagio, the Pearl of Lake Como, is a must for those who visit the lake for the first time. Lose yourself in the characteristic alleys of the village and let yourself be overwhelmed by the breathtaking view that you can admire from Punta Spartivento is a stunning experience. A short distance away you can reach the entrance to the Gardens of Villa Melzi, in neoclassical style with lush gardens dating back to the early 1800s. The park, one of the most beautiful in Italy, contains a wonderful botanical path dotted with ancient trees, exotic plants, and rare flowers. The visit includes the chapel, the small museum, and the park where beautiful groups of azaleas and rhododendrons frame magnificent statues.
Villa Melzi: open to the public from the end of March to October | Ticket: 5€/pax
Villa del Balbianello and Villa Carlotta
Villa del Balbianello, famous for being the set of Star Wars and 007 movies; Villa Carlotta, known for the wonderful botanical garden that surrounds it and the breathtaking view of Bellagio.
These Villas are some of the most majestic on the lake and evoke unique emotions. The best time to visit them is during the spring flowering of rhododendrons and azaleas; the gardens offer flowers in every season with inebriating colours and scents.
Villa del Balbianello: open to the public from 13/03/2020 | Ticket: 11 €/pax
Villa Carlotta: open to the public from 19/03/2020 | Ticket: 12 €/pax
Hiking off the beaten path
Faggeto Lario - Monte Palanzone - Faggeto Lario | distance: 14 km - total route: 7,5 h
From Faggeto Lario, follow the ancient road Via Regia to reach Palanzo, then follow the path with two tracks for cars until the crossroads. Follow on the right to Bocchetta Palanzo. From there take the ridge to reach the top of Monte Palanzone [1433 m above sea level] and enjoy the amazing the panorama.
Brunate - Faggeto Lario | distance: 8 km - total route: 5 h
Take the funicular to Brunate and continue along via Roma and via Nidirino. Past the sports field, take Via Regia, the ancient Roman road that connected Como to Bellagio. Follow for Montepiatto, and then for Bocchetta di Lemna.
Greenway - from Sala Comacina to Cadenabbia | distance: 10 km - total route: 6 hours
Surronunded by the beautiful natural landscape of the western shore of Lake Como, the Greenway is a pleasant walk suitable for everyone. After landing at Isola Comacina by boat or ferry, you will cross the villages of Ossuccio, Lenno, Mezzegra, Tremezzo and Griante following the ancient Via Regina.
Como, city of Shopping & Culture
Small and pleasant to visit by foot, Como boasts a fascinating architectural structure, full of ancient buildings, small squares teeming with life, lakefront boulevards where you can stroll in peace, but also unmissable tourist attractions and many boutiques for shopping. From Piazza Cavour, the beating heart of the city, proceed towards the characteristic medieval alleys to reach Piazza San Fedele and Piazza Volta, among prestigious shops and boutiques; then, head towards the lake and walking along Lungo Lario Trento, the walk offers a beautiful view of the Lario, Brunate at the top of the hill, and its funicular. The walk continues west to Villa Olmo, east to Villa Geno. Do not miss the Duomo, Porta Torre and the medieval walls.