Milan · 88 km · 1 hour 30 minutes
Verona · 250 km · 3 hour 30 minutes
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So what's it like?
Lake Como, Italy's deepest lake, is surrounded by high mountains and dramatic cliffs. The narrow road on the western side of the lake that heads towards Switzerland sits up high above the water with the towns dropping down beneath it making Lake Como very different to the other Italian lakes. Famous for it's beautifully kept public gardens and historic villas, it is understandable why so many celebrities are attracted to the lake.
Set against it's backdrop, on the sunny western side are the resorts of Menaggio, Tremezzo and Cadenabbia. Each has a promenade that runs along the lakeside where you can enjoy an evening stroll taking in the dramatic views across the lake and to Bellagio. Bellagio is perched on the southern part of the lake that divides the east and the western sides. The unique resort has breathtaking views across the lake from both sides of the town. Menaggio and Bellagio are larger resorts and are more lively with café filled piazzas and winding cobbled streets filled with boutique shops and ice cream parlours. To the north west of the lake Cadenabbia and Tremezzo are slightly quieter and make a great bases for exploring the towns and villages on Lake Como and the surrounding lakes and mountains.
The lake has a regular and reliable ferry service that will take you to all four of our resorts as well as other towns and villages such as the lake's capital, Como. There is also a bus service that will take you up and down the western side of the lake.
Why not get the best out of Lake Como with the Lake Como Discovery Package staying at the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia, the Hotel Britannia Excelsior, Cadenabbia or the Hotel Bellavista, Menaggio? Explore what the local region has to offer by going on a full day excursion to Milan, a tour of Lake Orta and Stresa and a journey to Switzerland on the Bernina Express. Must book before 30 April 2014.
Available from £337 (return)
There are frequent ferry connections across and down the length of Lake Como. From Como, reachable by bus, there is a regular rail service to Milan. Guests staying in Bellagio need to take the ferry for transfers and will need to transport their luggage.
• There are concerts at the Villa Carlotta in July & August • Explore some of the many villas and gardens surrounding Lake Como. The most famous is Villa Carlotta between Cadenabbia and Tremezzo. There are smaller gardens at Villa Monastero and Villa Cipressi in Varenna.
Twin centre suggestion
Why not combine a stay with the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia in Cadenabbia, Lake Como with a stay at the Hotel Simplon in Baveno, Lake Maggiore; call us to book this perfect combination to enjoy two Italian lakes in one holiday. Transfer to your second centre is by private taxi transfer.
• Pre-book any two full day excursions per person and receive a €10 discount against a third excursion of your choice, bookable in resort.