Lake Como is about 80 kilometers from Milan and is, by extension, the third largest Italian lake, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore.
From the shores of this splendid lake, you can enjoy multiple and fascinating views with suggestive villages with splendid architecture and lush gardens.
The city of Como has one of the most beautiful historic centers and its Cathedral is one of the symbols of the "late Gothic" architectural style.
Along the road that runs along the lake, surrounded by nature, full of some of the most unique views in the world, there are numerous, splendid and luxurious villas. Once residences of the Lombardi nobles and now vacation homes of many members of the world’s jet set.
In Cernobbio there is the sixteenth-century Villa d’Este, often a film set.
Ossuccio, famous for the spectacular Comacina Island, the only one on the lake, and for the Sacro Monte di Ossuccio, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2003.
In the nearby towns of Moltrasio and Lenno, Villa Passalacqua and Villa Balbianello have also hosted directors and actors on the set of very famous films.
Continuing along the shore of the lake, you will find Tremezzo. Where Villa Carlotta shows off its terraced gardens. Its museum, embellished with works by Canova, Thorvaldsen and Hayez.
Where the three branches of the lake meet stands the city of Bellagio with its aristocratic residences: Villa Serbelloni and Villa Melzi, famous for its botanical park.
Bellagio is the ideal destination for regenerating holidays.
After an evening walk, dinner in a typical restaurant and an overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning dedicated to visiting the gardens of Villa Melzi d'Eril, a harmonious example of an English garden on the shore of the lake, at the foot of the villa.
These gardens were built at the beginning of the 19th century with the contribution of distinguished artists, technicians, decorators, architects and botanists; they have been and still are a place of rare beauty, inspiration for writers, artists and poets as well as a place of soul for those who come to admire its perfect botanical, historical and landscape balance.
Lunch at Villa Serbelloni, in the "starred" Mistral restaurant, an important reference point for international gourmets.
The Mistral is a unique experience: the location directly on the lake offers a unique and fascinating view and the cuisine, directed by chef Ettore Bocchia, uses the best local ingredients and offers dishes of gastronomic excellence.
In the afternoon an excursion by boat on the lake.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Depart for Lecco.
Along the way, several fishing villages and other splendid mansions of the upper bourgeoisie and the Lombardi nobility.
Arrival in Lecco, city of the great Italian writer Alessandro Manzoni.
Visit to Villa Manzoni, now home to the Manzoni Museum.
The city is the starting point of an itinerary in the footsteps of the Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed). the most important nineteenth-century Italian literature novel which, recounting the life of these places in the first half of the seventeenth century, paints images of villages and life still present today in the fishing villages along the lake.
At the end of the visit, lunch in a typical restaurant, then onto Milan.
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