World-class scenery, a mild climate and that oh-so-appealing boating life make Lake Como holidays a treat. You might just spot some celebs, too.

Italy's northern gem

Peaceful Lake Como lies up in northern Italy, and it's hugged by rolling greenery and lots of traditional towns. Sail across the water in a rented boat and declare yourself the ruler of a Lombardy castle, then fill the rest of your day touring ruins and grand old palaces.

A-list spot

Known as the 'Pearl of Lake Como', Bellagio's a long-time favourite town of celebs and churchgoers alike. Marvel at the age-old parish church before attempting to scope out famous faces at a fancy waterside restaurant. If you're after a spot of upmarket retail therapy, shop sought-after Italian labels at the boutiques here, too.

By the water

Make like the locals and stretch out on a waterside sunlounger in Tremezzo with a cool aperitif in your hand. With cracking views across the lake and a top-notch dining scene, it's no surprise this place gets busy in summer. Peace-and-quiet-seekers might prefer to pop to Cadenabbia – this little hamlet's quiet and unassuming, but also the perfect spot to start a tour of the region.

At a Glance

  • Admire Alpine views in miniature Cadenabbia
  • Make a splash in mountain-backed waters
  • Take a quiet moment in Bellagio's parish church

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