Lake Como the most beautiful in Italy, is very picturesque and will leave you alone to decide on the landscapes I will share with you or, best of all, by visiting the Italian lakes personally, which I highly recommend and wish. I'm going to focus on the pictures, because it's hard to describe the green mountains rising above the clear lake water, the lush gardens, the blooming trees, the narrow romantic streets and all the other beauties of the rich villas and small towns near Como.
Lake Como or Lario, as its official Latin name, is located in the Lombardy area, about forty miles from Milan and very close to the border with Switzerland. It has glacial origin and is the deepest lake in Europe. It consists of three sleeves, which are called Como, Leko and Colico, and resembles the letter "Y". On all sides, the lake is surrounded by majestic mountains, and the main river that supplies it is the Ada River. Como is known for its chalets on its shores since the time of Pliny the Young.
The favorable soft climate allows for lush and varied vegetation, so the villas usually have magnificent gardens that also contain tropical species. Today, the wealthy residents of Milan have cottages on the shores of the lake, as well as tourists from all over the world to enjoy the beauty of nature in the small romantic towns. Tourist companies offer routes that include different villas, and if you travel alone, it is probably worth spending more time and visiting several. We had the opportunity to look only at the gardens of Villa Meltsi, which is located near Bellagio.
Our first and main stop on Lake Como was the town of Bellagio, which is located on a drowned inland water drought where the two sleeves Como and Leko meet. They call Belagio "the jewel of Como" and he certainly deserves his name.
From far away, the city is like a postcard - bright and colorful, full of greenery, flowers and animation. The seaside promenade is shaped like a garden blooming in all colors and is perhaps the most colorful place I've ever visited in Italy.
On the shores of the lake near the small romantic towns there are also beautiful villas, some of which are famous for the region tourist sites. In the late afternoon of that day, we headed for Como, the largest city on the lake, which gives its popular name and is at the end of one of the three sleeves. It is an important administrative and tourist center in the region.
The main landmark of the city is the Santa Maria Maggiore Cathedral, which is located on the main square. The construction was started in 1396 on the site of an ancient Roman basilica and lasts for four centuries.
Perhaps this is due to the mix of different styles in the façade, with the late gothic being prevalent. The cathedral is made of tricolor marble and is very beautifully decorated outside. In its construction artists known for their time took part in it, and valuable paintings and tapestries are stored inside. The cathedral of Como is tightly attached to the Brollet palace, and he to the clock tower, so the three buildings make up an interesting composition.
The palace with its three exquisite windows, a small balcony and a number of columns resembles the typical Venetian buildings. It was built before the church - around 1215 - and was once used for administrative purposes and as a courthouse. Over time, the size of the building has diminished to give way to the construction of the cathedral, and today the place is used for artistic events and exhibitions.
Curious facts from the world of cinema are that much of the film about James Bond from 2006 - "Casino Royal" was shot near Como lake, and the scenes from the planet Naboo from the second part of Star Wars were shot in one of the coastal villas, which were not included in our program.