An Italian paradise straight from a movie scene offers a taste of life on the A-list
Even if you have never experienced the stunning natural beauty of Italy’s Lake Como in person, the chances are good that you have seen it before.
Lake Como has been a favorite filming location for generations of Hollywood moviemakers. In recent years, the directors of “Casino Royale” and “Ocean’s Twelve” chose Lake Como as the perfect backdrop for high-stakes intrigue and adventure. But they were hardly the first to make good use of this setting.
Nearly a century ago, in 1925, famed director Alfred Hitchcock made his directorial debut with “The Pleasure Garden,” filmed almost entirely in the region. Visit Lake Como for yourself to experience this idyllic mountain retreat’s elegant charm and relaxing atmosphere.
Lake Como is nestled in the heart of the Italian Alps and is renowned for its breathtaking beauty and crystal-clear glacial waters. The melting snow and ice of the surrounding mountains provide the lake with a constant supply of fresh, mineral-rich water. This glacial water is known for its purity and clarity, which gives Lake Como its distinctive emerald-green hue.
Several cities and towns line the lake, offering access to its pristine waters. Take a ferry to Bellagio, and hire a private sailboat for the day. Or participate in a windsurfing class before taking advantage of the lake’s calm waters and steady breezes.
While many quaint villages and secluded villas dot the region, one of the most popular destinations is Bellagio. Located on a promontory that extends into the lake, splitting it off into two branches, Bellagio offers stunning views of the Swiss Alps.
This natural beauty combines astounding architectural wonders in Bellagio’s villas, churches, and public gardens. Amble along the lakefront promenade and marvel at the beauty of the nearby Alps. Or wander through the ancient stone streets to explore Bellagio’s shops, restaurants, and museums.
City of Como
The city of Como is situated at the southern end of the lake, surrounded by the stunning Italian Alps. Como is renowned for its historic architecture, beautiful parks and gardens, excellent cuisine, and high-end fashion boutiques. Visitors can explore the city’s ancient Roman ruins, medieval walls, and famous cathedrals or peruse the local shops and markets for that perfect gift.
The Como Cathedral, or Duomo di Como, is an impressive piece of architecture and a must-visit when in the city. It features Gothic and Renaissance styles and is home to a beautiful 16th-century altarpiece. Beautiful gardens surround Villa Olmo, an 18th-century villa perched on the shore of Lake Como. It is the perfect place to learn about the region’s history and enjoy an unobstructed lake view.
Stroll through Como
The historic center of Como is filled with charming streets and alleys, ancient buildings, and picturesque piazzas. Stroll through Como to discover the city’s art, architecture, and rich history. Wrap up a day of sightseeing or sailing with dinner at one of Como’s exquisite restaurants. here diners enjoy local ingredients such as lake fish, polenta, and cheeses. Be sure to try some of the city’s famous dishes, such as Risotto al Pesce Persico or Ossobuco alla Milanese.
This is an ideal time of year to visit Lake Como before the peak tourist season begins in summer. Many travelers fly into Milan before venturing to Lake Como. Still, Global Air Charters also services smaller nearby airports for those who wish to avoid the crowds of a major metropolitan airport.
Talk to your GAC broker today to schedule your visit to this beautiful lakeside retreat in the foothills of the Alps.