Lake Como in Italy is an inverse Y-shaped body of water that draws in tourists with its calm landscapes and impressive structures. A popular retreat for members of the nobility and rich families since the Roman times, the lake is an easy choice for travelers who wish to stay in lovely luxury villas, enjoy calming vistas, get relaxing spa treatments, or engage in watersports such as sailing, windsurfing, and kite surfing.
Simply take a walk in the surrounding towns to get a glimpse of the lavish lifestyles led by residents of the area throughout the centuries. Villa d’Este in Cernobbio is a fine example of Renaissance architecture and the Italian Renaissance garden. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features a 16th-century courtyard, gardens with pools and more than a hundred fountains and frescoed ceilings. Another lakeside villa, the Villa Balbianello in Lenno, features Baroque architecture and meticulously maintained terrace gardens overlooking the lake. Villa Carlotta, Abbazzia di Piona, and many other impressive structures also offer serene views of the lakeside.
In addition to the luxury villas and palaces, you can visit the Como Cathedral, which is considered to be one of the most important buildings in the region. Built between the 14th and 18th centuries, it reflects the transition from Gothic to Renaissance architectural styles. Museo Archeologico is located beside the cathedral and presents a collection of artifacts from the earliest human settlement retrieved from local excavations. Predating the cathedral by a few centuries, Basilica of Sant'Abbondio boasts a Romanesque architectural design. If you wish to see a more contemporary attraction, the Como-Brunate funicular railway in Brunate offers a panoramic view of the town and the southern section of the lake with mountains in the background.
Come to Lake Como in Italy and enjoy your very own luxury villa by choosing to stay in one of Villaway’s selection of luxury vacation homes. Our villa rentals have everything you need for a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway by the lake.
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