Crazy for Lake Como

I’ve been to all 7 continents, many countries, and countless cities, so it takes a lot for me to be impressed when I experience somewhere I’ve not been before. Como, the city, the lake, the towns and hamlets blew me away!

We stayed in Lezzeno at Palazzo Del Vice Re, a beautifully maintained villa on a cobblestone street. Our home away from home was the Vista suite which offered beautiful views across the lake. We loved Nicolette and her friendly staff and already are planning to return, hopefully next year.

From Lezzeno we toured by car and by boat, previewing properties and eating incredible food. We can now comfortably recommend places to stay from the fabled Villa D’este to a few off-the-beaten path boutique hotels.

If I had to pick one thing that made Lake Como a WOW experience, I’d say it was the beautiful landscape – no, wait – the food, definitely the food – or maybe the “It” factor was the option to stroll through a myriad of spectacular gardens – or was it the cappuccino at the lakeside cafe or was it the chance to see George Clooney ( we saw the outside of his villa, does that count?)? Let’s face it, I can’t pick just one outstanding feature – Como is that spectacular.

A planning tip: Como’s season is from mid-March through Early November and the summer months are packed with all sorts of visitors. Plan your experience for spring or fall and you will avoid the crowds.