Lakes of LombardyTreat yourself to a day’s relaxation by visiting the beautiful lakes of Lombardy, where some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery and scenic views await you.
Little more than 30 minutes from Milan, at all times of the year, heartstoppingly beautiful Lake Como offers lush vegetation and some truly evocative scenery, credit for which also goes to the beautiful city of Como with its picturesque alleyways and gastronomic specialities just waiting to be sampled at any of its countless restaurants. Hop aboard one of the area’s traditional ferries in order to reach the nearby town of Bellagio, visit the historic Villa Melzi, a Neo-classical-style residence surrounded by a botanical garden overlooking the lake, Villa Serbelloni and Villa Carlotta, an 18th century dwelling famed for its museum housing works of art and its gardens which chiefly owe their fame to the spring flowerings of azaleas and rhododendrons. Alternatively, head towards the other lake and visit the ancient Cistercian Abbey of Piona.
A little further one, but just as imposing, is Lake Maggiore, offering numerous cultural and naturalistic itineraries. Just near Stresa, for the more romantically inclined, we suggest a visit to the splendid Borromean Islands: Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Madre. In just one day you can visit Isola Bella, home to Palazzo Borromeo and a terraced garden, the picturesque Isola dei Pescatori with its characteristic houses adorned with wooden balconies and Isola Madre, with its botanical garden featuring a number of rare species from all over the world. We also warmly recommend an excursion to the botanical gardens of Villa Taranto. Conversely, prior to your departure from Stresa, make sure to take off time to visit the Eremo di S. Caterina, an ancient 14th century monastery perched on the cliff overlooking the lake.

Stefania Vida

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