For lovers of old Italian towns and natural panoramas, holidays to Menaggio have lakeside living down to an art form.
Fountains, fir trees, fresh olives and more – located in northern Italy
, Menaggio's one of Lake Como
's best spots, just beneath the Swiss
Alps. Relax with a drink on the sparkling waterfront, or potter around the old town for buckets of history and some seriously chilled-out vibes.
Churches and charm
For a taste of Menaggio's history, visit the Church of Santa Marta. Check out the Medieval water font at the entrance before marvelling at 17th-century masterpieces inside. The ancient town centre's fragrant with fresh produce and that new-leather smell, courtesy of the traditional shops lining the streets.
Cruises and views
Hit up the waterfront bays to try your hand at windsurfing or water-skiing, or glide around Lake Como by boat – it's the best way to photograph Menaggio's scenic shoreline. Pack some oranges from a nearby grove as a snack, and keep your eyes peeled for a chance to spot Como resident, George Clooney.
Out and about
Here are some ideas of things to do when staying in Menaggio:
• Boat trips
• Bike hire
• Tennis courts
• Chocolate museum