Lake Como

If you’re planning a same sex wedding in the north of Italy, Lake Como it’s the perfect location: indeed it has always been associated with love and romance, his timeless elegance and charm makes Lake Como a perfect destination for your symbolic wedding ceremony.

Lake Como is a pre-alpine lake surrounded by a crown of mountains with peaks up to 2700m high, it is well known for the landscape beauty but is also rich in history and tradition.

It is a perfect place for active as well as relaxing holidays. Fantastic 17th century villas with their lovely gardens, antique Romanesque churches, old connection trails, mountains top with a breathtaking view of the lake.

Lake Como is situated 45Km north of Milan, close to the Swiss border. It is 46 Km long and has a form of an upside down Y, diving itself into two branches at the town of Bellagio, with the town of Como at the tip of the southwestern branch and the town of Lecco at the tip of the southeastern branch.

You can tour around by boat enjoying the view of the shores dotted with small towns of rare beauty, by bus or car you can discover the valleys with their rural settlements and small churches and by foot or mountain bike you explore the many beautiful trails around this amazing lake.

Well known as the Pearl of the Lake. It has a unique position, right at the extreme end of the promontory which divides the southern part of Lake Como. Spectacular! Bellagio has been a world famous resort for many years, but despite its popularity, summer holidays in Bellagio still have a traditional feel. Pretty cobbled streets, squares, winding alleys, old churches and the shopping arcades, have all preserved their character.
The narrow streets which rise from the lakeside are lined with shops, while you will explore you won’t be disturb as  this is a traffic limited area. During your stay in this lovely resort don’t miss this two Villas: Villa Serbelloni (property of the Rockefeller Foundation) and Villa Melzi.

Varenna is an attractive village on the eastern shore of Lake Como, looking over the central part of the lake towards Bellagio. Varenna’s  picturesque lanes and fishermen’s houses are unpretentiously appealing,  some visitors prefer Varenna from its grander neighbours.During summer time, its pretty waterfront and tiny stone beach fill up with holidaymakers, but  it has somehow a more authentic air than the other hotel-packed resorts. Visit the gardens of this two Villas: Villa Monastero and Villa Cipressi.
Varenna it is a useful gateway to Lake Como, as it lies on a railway line with direct trains to Milan, and it is connected to the other lake resorts by regular car and passenger ferries.

Menaggio is a popular destination especially for holidaymakers keen on outdoor activities. There is an eighteen-hole golf course close to the town, and plenty of good walking in the area, from easy strolls to tough mountains hikes; mountain biking or just relax at the Lido for swimmer and sunbathers  and enjoy the pretty lakeshore lined with trees and flowers.

Tremezzo is a base from which it’s very easy to explore the mid lake (Bellagio, Menaggio and Varenna). However Tremezzo is the location of what is probably the most popular attraction on the Lake: Villa Carlotta; the only historic Villa on the lake with ticked public access. It’s fine neo-classical building, on steeply tiered land, with a striking arrangements of return stairways at the entrance and sculptures by Canova and others inside. The Villas has wonderful gardens, famous for the colourful rhododendros  and azaleas that blooms in spring.

Lenno is a pretty  old Village just south of Tremezzo, which has a charming harbour. Impressive Villa Balbianello is nearby. The splendid Villa Balbianello rises up on a breathtaking sheer promontory above Lake Como (Dosso di Lavedo).
The Loggia affords a beautiful view of  the majestic Lake: on the one side, you can see the Tremezzina area, which opens out onto the heart of the Lake, where as on the other you can gaze at Comacina Island.

Como is the “biggest” resort of the lake, it is a lively and pleasant town, with an appealing historical centre, surrounded by antique walls, and a scenic location at the southern end of the east branch of Lake Como.
The impressive cathedral (Duomo) like most in Italy, was built and added to over a period of centuries, you can admire Gothic and Renaissance features including some fine tapestries and paintings. The town’s earlier cathedral San Fedele, built in tenth century, is another fine sight, as are the tall nine-hundred years old gateway; Porta Vittoria and the Romanesque church of Sant’Abbondio. The town’s art gallery(Pinacoteca) and the Voltiano Temple are also worth a visit!
For a short trip out of town, take the funicular up to the top of the hill, above Como, (Brunate), where you can enjoy spectacular views!