What better way to spend your Italian getaway than with a fresh lake breeze through your hair and the sun on your skin. A trip to Lake Como is not complete without an afternoon spent cruising on the tranquil waters. One of Italy’s most famous boating destinations, Lake Como offers glitz and glam in a fascinating historic setting. For centuries the lake has been a popular leisure destination, and its shores carry a multitude of gems waiting to be discovered. We’ve highlighted the top five not-to-be-missed sights for a day boating on Lake Como.
1.Explore the historic village of Bellagio
Situated on the promontory between the forks at the southern end of the lake is the dazzlingly beautiful town of Bellagio. This well-known town with its historic charm and waterfront promenade is the perfect place to lose yourself in the beauty of the lakeside lifestyle. Dock in the small harbour, and wander through the ancient streets, and take a walk through one of the stunning gardens open to the public.
2. Marvel at to the Cattedrale di Como
Found in the province’s administrative capital, Como, the Cattedrale di Como is a mesmerizing glimpse into the history and culture of this iconic destination. Like most Italian cathedrals, the Cattedrale di Como was built over a long period of history, and this is reflected in the fascinating mixture of Gothic and Renaissance features. Admire the frescos, fine tapestries and stained glass windows while you take a break from the surrounding bustle.
3. Take a tour of the Como Villas
Il Sereno Hotel offers a number of daily boat tours in our grand Vaporina del Lago boat, highlighting the fascinating sites the lake has to offer. Cruise past the town of Torno, Blevio, Cernobbio, as well as Moltrasio with Villa Fontanelle (the former Versace Villa), and Villa Passalacqua. Another crowd favourite is the town of Laglio, which is where George Clooney’s famous Villa Oleandra is situated. Sail past the old mysterious town of Nesso and the grand finale of Sereno’s lovely Villa Pliniana.
4. Stroll along the lake promenade at Menaggio
Nestled at the foot of an elegant valley, Menaggio is a picturesque town teeming with old-fashioned flair. Highlights include the upper part of the city which still retains elements of medieval architecture, and the lake promenade that stretches the length of the town. Special features like these make Menaggio an easy place to spend a blissful afternoon on the banks of Lake Como.
5. Smell the spring flowers at Villa Carlotta
Explore the original decor, one-of-a-kind art collection and stunning gardens surrounding the 17th century Villa Carlotta. Famous for over 150 varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas that flower in the spring, if you’re travelling at the right time- this is something that should not be missed.
Boasting the most spectacular accommodation on the banks of Lake Como, iL Sereno offers guests chauffeured outings as well as access to two custom-designed Riva Jetto’s. Have the freedom to roam where you wish, and the privacy to enjoy quiet moments on the expansive lake. For more information on a trip in style to the most sought-after holiday destination, visit the il Sereno Hotels website today.