Paradise Found: Seductive Villa Stays in Lake Como

Lofty mountains and luscious lakes, honey colored mansions draped in the thick velvet of ivy, celebrities peeping out from behind designer shades, and a mild climate that butters up the bright and beautiful towns, there is something so immediately striking and purely lovely that comes from a stay in Lake Como. In the summer Lake Como is a playground for the rich and the fabulous, the air is clean and the waters clear, the boats carving trails as they pass to and fro taking visitors exploring from town to town. This is the perfect time for picnic baskets to overflow with anti-pasti, for lingering wine fueled luncheons on terraces with sparkling views, and for long and languid strolls around the shoreline. In the fall, the colors change, the weather stays temperate and the rain falls like a gorgeous gauzy mist drenching everything in silver and gold.

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Where to Stay

Seeking a place to stay in Lake Como cracks open a treasure chest brimming with jewels, from bright and airy apartments to rustic farmhouses, elegant otherworldly manors, and adorable B&B’s. Villa Meraviglia from Travelopo has space for up to 14 guests who dream of living the life of Riley on the bountiful shores. Only accessible by boat and with a private pontoon, this villa is a fairytale filled with Sienese marble, a butler’s pantry, open fireplaces, oak beams and expansive outdoor pool. Al fresco dining in the twilight, wisteria strewn gardens in which to linger with a book, and a private bay with wooden peninsular for swimming and bathing make the Villa Meraviglia the sweetest most opulent choice for artistic luxury living on Lake Como.

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Where to Go

When you aren’t frolicking around your manor house, be sure to head to the sandy shores of Lido de Leno where chic clientele and locals rest easy on billowing canopied white day beds, toes curled into the warm white sand and eyes cast out across the ebbing blue waters. Waiters are more than content to bring over drinks and snacks and the vibe is one of pure unadulterated calm with only the mountain breezes rolling down to keep the sun from being stifling. The 18th century Punta di Balbianello is another draw to the area with its whimsical villa gardens and staggeringly romantic architecture. For delicious day trips take the ferry to Bellagio, hailed as one of the most revered things to do in Lake Como with its steep winding streets and celebrity infused sights. When the sun sinks into the waters of the lakes the town lights up as pretty as can be with the purple bruised hues of the mountains shimmering in the background.

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Where to Dine

Italy is a foodie’s paradise and Lake Como is no exception, the stirring mountain air, the ripples of the water, the fragrance of alpine wildflowers, and all these things mingle to arouse within you the most sensuous of appetites. The abundance of fish from the lakes makes for sterling dishes like creamy risotto with perch, the Valsassina dairy from the mountains is also famed for its delicate goat’s cheese, its yellowy butter and its ripe and rich ricotta. Rustic cuisine in a divine setting makes for the perfect welcome dinner in Lake Como at the highly beloved Locanda dell’Isola Comacina. For a romantic affair with tables perched beside the railings opt for supper at the family run Il Gatto Nero Ristorante. Michelin magic can be found at Piccolo Lago where trout and pike are caught from the lake and dressed to impress.

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
Jodie Oakes