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My Trip To Lake Como Italy
Lake Como Is Beautiful
By Sharon Stajda
My husband and I found Lake Como not only tranquil, but magical. Just a 25 miles bus ride north of Milan, is one of the most scenic spots in all of Italy, Lake Como. Its shores are circled with charming little towns, and fabulous century-old villas, each larger, and more ornate than the next. The glistening water beckons one to sit, and take time to enjoy all that the lake and surrounding lush scenery has to offer. With its lush Mediterranean gardens and spectacular views, it's easy to see why it has earned the reputation as one of the most romantic getaways in Italy. It possesses spectacular views, lush, tranquil settings, fine Italian architecture, as well as an elegant by-gone charm. With its unspoiled grace and charm, Lake Como offers its guests the opportunity to experience an enchanting slice of life, which is relaxed, elegant, and breathtakingly beautiful. It is a place where you will be drawn back into the past, a time of elegance and beauty.
We Arrived In Lake Como And Checked Into Hotel Bellevue
Traveling with my husband, son and daughter-in-law, we were all pleased to arrive at the hotel, we had reserved for our stay. The Hotel Bellevue was our unanimous choice. Built in 1820, it neighbors the stately Villa Carlotta. On our arrival we were pleased to see that the hotel was situated just feet from Lake Como. The hotel itself was lovely. It had wonderful charm, gardens, antique furnishings, and an outdoor swimming pool. The lobby was stately with a huge Venetian chandelier and a great sweeping staircase. Art adorned every wall. The rooms were lovely, with antique furniture, and soft Italian linens.After unpacking and settling into our rooms, it was time to explore.
No sooner had we left the hotel when we spotted a charming restaurant called "The Victorian Tea Garden," which sat right on the banks of Lake Como. We were seated at a lovely outdoor table covered in crisp white linen. To our delight, a grapevine-covered pergola hung overhead. However, what really stole the scenery was the breathtakingly beautiful view of the Swiss Alps that was just across the lake.. These majestic mountains circled the shoreline and provided a stunning backdrop to the dark, marine-blue waters of Lake Como. It left us all with the impression that we had traveled back in time. The owner of the Tea Room was a gentleman who looked to be in his 80's, he was very hospitable, and couldn't have made us feel more welcome. We ordered Champagne, and toasted each other (and our magnificent setting) with tall, chilled glasses. We sat there in appreciation and awe of the spectacular setting for the next two hours, finishing two bottles of Champagne!
Our First Sun-Set In Lake Como Was Magical ...
With the sun beginning to set, we returned to the Hotel Bellevue for a relaxing, fabulous dinner. Then, to cap off the evening, we ferried over to Bellagio, the picturesque Italian resort village. Narrow, cobblestone streets were lined with old shops, restaurants and churches. My advice? Don't leave Bellagio without visiting the shops, as here you will find some of the most wonderful silk scarves and ties, not to mention leather goods.
There was little traffic on Bellagio. This made it ideal for walking and taking the sights in. Bellagio is completely unspoiled, and possesses the grace and charm of "old world living." It was also very clear that the Bellagio residents loved their gardens, and kept them well tended.
While in Como we visited the Swiss town of Lugano
So Much To Do - So Little Time To Enjoy All Lake Como Had to Offer
The wide area of Lake Como offers inexhaustible things to do for tourists. It is an ideal place to vacation with family. For those who desire relaxation, the tranquil scenery of the lake surroundings is sure to please. Lake Como is also perfect for anyone looking for a more active vacation; swimming, water-skiing, sailing, hiking, mountain-biking, and horseback riding await. Day mountain excursion trips are also worthwhile ventures. These trips offer the most breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding areas. Boat excursions from Lake Como is a must. Ferry service will take you to local monuments and exquisite villas, as well as to lovely lakeside towns (I recommend the picturesque town of Varenna.) Or, you may also choose a ferry excursion to neighboring Switzerland. The Swiss town of Lugano offers great shopping, though it is expensive, so bring a credit card.
Restaurant Navedano Como
Villa Carlotta Was Right Next Door To Our Hotel
If spectacular works of art, classical Italian gardens, and elegant, period settings are your interest, I recommend a visit to the famed Villa Carlotta, located in the town of Tremezzo. It offers spectacular landscaped gardens, while the villa is a must-see for antique lovers. The Duomo, better known as the "Renaissance Cathedral", is another spectacular must-see. It's located in the town center of Como.
Shopping For Treasures In Lake Como
Shopping adventures (and treasures) await at any one of the lake side towns, as do epicurean delights. Taste regional products like olive oil, wine, and cheese in the numerous lakeside shops, restaurants, and cafes.
Dining In Lake Como
In the evening, enjoy a glass of wine in a local wine bars, and relax before eating at one of the many memorable restaurants that the area has to offer. Most restaurants offer regional or modern cuisine. After dinner, treat yourself to a night of music and dance in local discos, most stay open until sunrise. Perhaps, enjoy an evening walk along the lake, before retiring with a good book.
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Information - Hotel Bellevue Lake Como Italy
The Wonderful Hotel Bellevue is situated on the lake front, facing Bellagio, adjacent to Villa Carlotta in one of the most enchanting areas of the lake. The attractively furnished classic building offers the followings features: 134 rooms completely renovated in year 2005, 250 beds in room with private bath or shower, air conditioning, Sat tv color, minibar, safe, hairdryer panoramic restaurant, american bar, swimming pool, solarium. Wonderful quaint rooms, beautiful Dining Room. We enjoyed the Bellevue.
Places You Must Visit While In Lake Como
- Villa Carlotta, and her Gardens This enchanting villa sits right at the shore of wonderful Lake Como. Right next to Hotel Bellevue.
- Villa Balbianello-- one of many wonderful villas you won't want to miss while in the Lake Como Area. Make a day of it and book a villa tour.
- Bellagio... A short 10 minute boat ride from Lake Como. This is a wonderful town, built into the mountain side, with winding streets, that give way to great shopping and wonderful food.
- Duomo di Como... Don't miss this outstanding Cathedral that is in the heart of Como's Historic Centre
- Lugano Switzerland - Oh what wonderful shopping, and the chocolate is to die for...
- Milan... Don't miss out on a visit to Milan while you are so close. The city can be reached by car or train in about 30-minute. Once there, you have lots of choice of things to do. The Last Supper, the Duomo, the Castello, the Galleria and then the Shopping Triangle. It is the fashion capital of Italy.