Exploring the Best Towns and Villages in Lake Como

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Jan 232024Exploring the Best Towns and Villages in Lake Como Nestled in the picturesque Lombardy region of Italy, Lake Como stands as a beacon of natural beauty, renowned for its serene waters, charming towns, and luxury vacation villas. This idyllic destination has captivated travelers for centuries with its stunning vistas and quaint villages dotting the lakeshore. For those seeking an exquisite Italian getaway, here are some of the best towns and villages to explore in Lake Como.
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Often referred to as the "Pearl of Lake Como", Bellagio exudes elegance with its cobbled streets, colorful buildings, and lush gardens. Visitors can wander through the manicured grounds of Villa Melzi or take in panoramic views from the Villa Serbelloni gardens. The town's delightful cafes and boutique shops add to its allure, making it a must-visit destination.  In the nineteenth-century period, the village was the most sought-after holiday destination by aristocrats and nobles. Even though many years have passed, Bellagio still maintains its fame and status as an internationally renowned tourist destination. Ancient churches, impressive stone stairways, narrow streets, enchanting alleys and colourful villas make the village a seductive destination for those looking for a romantic and unforgettable stay. 


Varenna, once a fishing village, is now a picturesque town located on a small promontory on Lake Como at the beginning of the Lecco branch. There are many restaurants with a cosy atmosphere, furnished in the name of tradition. This charming village is characterized by typical houses featuring a great variety of very bright and vibrant colours. In addition to admiring the Vezio Castle, it is possible to take the so-called "walk of lovers", a romantic site that leaves its mark on its visitors and will provoke long-lasting memorable emotions. It is also interesting to explore Piazza San Giorgio and visit the Church of San Giorgio, dating back to the Middle Ages. Villa Cipressi and Villa Monastero, are also worth a visit as they are two of the most beautiful buildings on Lake Como.

Varenna, Walk of Lovers

Serving as the namesake for the lake, the town of Como exudes a blend of history and modernity. Its historic center, brimming with medieval and Renaissance architecture, features notable attractions such as the Como Cathedral and the Broletto, a medieval town hall. Visitors can also indulge in shopping at chic boutiques or take a relaxing boat ride on the lake.


 The village of Cernobbio undoubtedly represents one of the most prestigious locations to spend a holiday on Lake Como. The main square of Cernobbio, Piazza del Risorgimento, overlooks the lake and hosts artistic and musical events on various occasions. A nice walk along the magnificent lake allows you to fully enjoy the beauty of this place, boasting unique landscapes. In Cernobbio, Villa d’Este is not to be missed, a residence dating back to the sixteenth century, later transformed into a prestigious luxury hotel. Villa Erba, a nineteenth-century structure, once the home of Luchino Visconti, is also worth a visit. By admiring Villa Bernasconi and Villa Pizzo you will be able to step back and have a taste of the flavours of distant and sumptuous eras.
Villa d'Este, Cernobbio

 City with an industrial vocation with a nineteenth-century core. The symbolic monument is the Ponte di Azzone Visconti or Ponte Vecchio, still in use today. In the historical center stands Villa Manzoni, which belonged to the family of the great writer until 1818. Among the historical places recognizable in the novel, the Convent of the Capuchins in Pescarenico.


The best Luxury Villas for rent in Lake Como
  To truly immerse oneself in the opulence and splendor of Lake Como, renting a luxury villa is an unparalleled experience to enjoy the most refined accommodations and impeccable service for an indulgent stay.
 Whether exploring the charming streets of Bellagio, unwinding in the tranquility of Varenna, or indulging in the luxurious ambiance of Como's villas, a visit to Lake Como promises a memorable and enchanting Italian getaway. Let Home in Italy team help you find your perfect Lake Como luxury villa with a top-notch concierge service for a memorable Italian holiday.

Villa Pliniana, Torno



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Lake Como, Moltrasio
from 20,000 to 32,000 € / week


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Lake Como, Bellagio
from 26,400 to 33,400 € / week

villa breakwater bellagio

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Lake Como, Bellagio
from 45,000 to 65,000 € / week

villa altrove

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Lake Como, Pognana Lario
from 60,000 to 70,000 € / week


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Lake Como, Bellano
from 60,000 to 67,000 € / week

villa mogano

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Lake Como, Bellagio
from 30,600 to 44,450 € / week

villa balbiano wedding villa

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Lake Como, Como
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villa sorriso

 7    4    6
Lake Como, Moltrasio
from 13,900 to 19,200 € / week