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Lake Como

Lake Como Holidays

Set just behind the snow-topped peaks of the Rhaetian Alps, lies the shimmering waters of Lake Como. Holidaymakers have been flocking to this hillside beauty since the days of the Roman Empire, admiring its natural wonders and Italian culture.

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Discovering Lake Como

Northern Italy's Lombardy region is the home to Lake Como, it's the ideal spot for nature admirers and luxury holidaymakers alike.

Switch up the poolside for the beach by visiting some of Lake Como's flawless coast lines, or hike to the highest peak. It doesn't matter which of the eight lakeside towns you pick because each of them have a bundle of cultural sensations and fantastic backdrops to take advantage of.

Only 48 kilometres north of Italy's fashion capital, Milan, shaped in an inverted Y, lays the wonders of Lake Como. The town of Como itself is at the end of the south west leg of the lake, known for its gothic Como cathedral and waterfront promenade. Check out the centrally located city of Bellagio, a hotspot among tourists with its dramatic landscapes and vibrant centre. Just opposite, the olive and orange groves are calling your name in Tremezzo. It's well-known for its reasonable prices, stunning gardens and mountain walking trails, leaving you the perfect excuse to grab a cheap holiday to Lake Como.

Stroll around the stalls of the food and craft markets before grabbing your camera. You'll need it when you take a cable car to the top of the highest peak, get ready for panoramic views you have to see to believe. If you're still hungry for more Italian exploring, check out Varenna where you'll find yourself surrounded by olive groves and medieval castles or enjoy a lazy day in Lido.

You may even spot a celeb or two, as many A-listers have been known to have holiday homes here. A simple ferry ride sails past George Clooney's house and who knows, you could grab a selfie with Madonna or Sylvester Stallone as you pass them in the street.

A taste for culture

Well known for its Michelin starred restaurants and rustic Italian dishes, holidays to Lake Como offer tasty authentic bites. You'll find a whole range of sleek bars and bistros supplying local delights. Due to its multi-cultural influences, expect Asian cuisine and French crafted menus, alongside the traditional beloved pizza and pastas.

Some of the delicacies born on Lake Como's shores are Cotoletta alla Milanese - a delicious meaty dish, pizzoccheri - made up of pasta, cheese and vegetables and enjoy fresh lavarello fish - caught right from the lake. You'll find these locally sourced meals on the menu on All Inclusive holidays to Lake Como, let the experts introduce you to tasty earthy cuisine from rustic cheeses to freshwater shrimp.

A historical wonder

The leafy lakeside and stone-paved streets seem a world away, but trust us, they're full of surprises. You can learn a thing or two about Lake Como's Roman origins, as you'll come across ancient remains scattered in this historic centre.

Starting its success story as one of Europe's deepest lakes, the Romans couldn't resist the natural beauty and built luxury villas right on the shoreside. In fact, it was Julius Caesar himself who populated the town of Como, which is reflected as you walk through the centre. After the Middle Ages, this picturesque lake became a playground of inspiration for poets and musicians, you'll still find authors and song writers searching for innovation.

If you're searching for the ultimate romantic package holiday to Lake Como, you'll be happy to know this particular Italian lake was used for an intimate scene in the movie Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones, we'll credit that to its stunning backdrops and ancient ruins. To top it off, you'll find one of the nine sacred mountains of Northern Italy here, which lies nestled in the landscape of Lake Como. We recommend packing your hiking boots because with its 17th and 18th century hilltop chapels and superb view points of the lake, you'll be itching to explore.

If you're not tempted by its fascinating past, you'll be enticed by Lake Como's ever-lasting beauty.