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Lake Como offers inexhaustible opportunities for tourists. It is the ideal place where you can bring your family, thanks to its tranquillity and closeness with nature. It is also perfect for young or active people who would like to try new sports, such as wind surfing, wakeboarding, water-skiing, sailing, trekking, kite surfing, paragliding, mountain bike riding or horseback riding on the beach or in the mountains.
In terms of nightlife, there are bars and discos where you can dance until sunrise. Or, for more relaxed evenings, you can enjoy the taste of a regional kitchen in a typical local grotto and then savour an Italian ice cream in a romantic bistro on the lakeside. The opportunities are endless.
With its tiny villages stacked up the rocky slopes overlooking the lake, immersed in a natural environment of great beauty and exceptional conservation, Lake Como offers an incredibly wide variety of vegetation and landscape that makes it one of the most scenic spots in all of Italy. Its combination of wild rugged scenery, grand villas and gardens has attracted many illustrious visitors since ancient times.
Walking / Trekking
There are many nice promenades around the Lake or more demanding walks around the mountains. The tourist office in Dongo can provide you with maps and information. We do hold some of these at the apartment.
There are plenty of beaches and open-air swimming pools around lake Como.
The 18-hole golf course in Menaggio (Open from March to November) has an absolutely splendid view over the lake. It is worth going there for afternoon tea.
There are plenty of water sports activities around the lake with schools offering courses for sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing and water-skiing. The best wind spots are usually around Dongo, Domaso and Colico. You can also hire sailing and motorboats, windsurfs and canoes, or there are equipment and repair shops if you have your own. For something quieter you can also hire pedalos and rowing boats
There are many villas around the Lake and it’s worth visiting a few. Villa Carlotta at Tremezzo, with its 40-acre park, Canova sculptures and romantic history. In Cernobbio, there is Villa d’Este, built in 1568 for the Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio, which has accommodated the famous Grand Hotel since 1873. Villa Melzi and Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio with their magnificent parks.
Como town has a long history and is well worth a visit. It was made part of the Roman Empire in 172 A.D. The town has examples of medieval walls, towers, streets; Renaissance palazzi; a cathedral that took nearly four hundred years to complete and plenty of 18th century architecture. The museum of Alessandro Volta, who accidentally discovered gas and invented the battery, is located on the side of the lake and is a very interesting place to visit
Or, take a trip on Lake Como, the best way to visit the lake. There are many boat trips to choose from; short day cruises; lunchtime & dinner/dancing cruises. Even hop-on-hop-off boats run throughout the day.
An Ancient Rucksack used for collecting Grass or Fire Wood.