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The Inspirato Collection offers two standalone, lakefront homes and one upscale resort in northern Italy’s most posh destination: Lake Como. The scenic coastline is on full display from the Mediterranean-style Vista Lago, which features a private pool, terraces, and outdoor dining loggia. Directly across the lake, the magnificent Villa Pliniana has welcomed guests like Napoleon Bonaparte. This grand, 16th-century lakefront palazzo sits on 18 sprawling acres with its own private pool, on-site spa, dedicated butler service, and custom-built boat and dock.
Enjoy a quiet stretch of private lakefront at Il Sereno, a partner hotel with a one-of-a-kind feature: its heated, infinity-edge pool hovers just above the waters of Lake Como.
Lake Como's glistening waters are straight out of a movie and this region in Lombardy has been the backdrop for dozens of Hollywood filmmakers for decades. Though the lake's origin is glacial, you'll enjoy a Mediterranean climate and mild weather. Artists have flocked here for hundreds of years to muster up inspiration for their work. Writer Percy Blythe Shelley described it as, "exceeding anything I have ever beheld in beauty." Its cultural offerings are abundant. As a destination, visitors are drawn to the mountainous landscape, wildlife, kayaking and spas. Dine in the epicenter within Bellagio or peruse museums and gardens on the outskirts.
17th century Villa Balbianello can be reached by boat and shuttle. Its architecture, unsurpassed view of the lake and location draw visitors from March through November (closed Mondays and Wednesdays). Private tours are available.
Time travel to 1894, the year the Como-Brunate funicular railway carried its first passengers from Como to Brunate. This railway is still operational today, traveling to scenic vantage points and the surrounding buttes.
This Gothic cathedral has been carefully maintained for centuries. Dedicated to Santa Maria Maggiore, visitors are encouraged to marvel at the ornate interior. Please note that shorts are not permitted.
For the more active, an hourlong hike will deliver you to this magnificent 11th century castle's square merlons and towers. From this height, enjoy panoramic views overlooking the village of Varenna and the expansive Lake Como.
On the Bellagio peninsula sits the sublime Gardens of Villa Melzi, a national monument and source of much Italian pride. Open March through November, this two-hour stroll features stunning botanicals and neo-classical architecture.
The best place to experience Lake Como is within the lake itself. At Pescallo harbor, a professional rower from Bellagio Water Sports Kayak Club offers four different tours suitable for the entire family and all skill levels.
If you decide against a car rental, getting to Lake Como by rail is a cinch with a train ticket. If you start in Milan, the high-speed trip on the Cisalpino service is just 33 minutes leading up to the lakeside. You will then drive or ferry to your residence.
Using cold-pressing methods since 1850, the Lombardy region is known for its olive oil. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver religiously orders his stock from here. Purchase a bottle or two of Vanini from any grocer for a thoughtful gift to take home to a loved one.
While Lake Como is a very safe destination, it's important to note that the forests surrounding the villages and water are home to wandering wild boars. As such, it's unwise to stroll through uncharted territory. Stick to dedicated paths, trails and hikes.
Lake conditions differ at various shore points but when you consider the dark water, chilly temperatures and plentitude of moss, Lake Como is not always ideal for swimming. Talk to your concierge about the best places for a sunny dip in the water.
In addition to being the anchor of the region's activities, culture and iconic scenery, the lake is one of the biggest influencing factors in its climate, as well. It generates cooling breezes in the warm summertime and absorbs sunlight in the winter, helping to provide some warmth when things cool down. These lake effects help foster pleasant Mediterranean weather year-round. Be sure to keep an umbrella handy during the rainier spring and summer months.
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