Lago di Como is the deepest lake in Italy and one of the deepest in Europe. Adherents of the beauty of nature lovers will be delighted with the breathtaking surroundings. Await them, among others, "the river of milk", a sea of flowers and sharp mountain peaks.
If we’re dreaming of relaxation in a place, where nature literally overwhelms a man with its beauty, Lago di Como will be an excellent choice. It’s in fact one of the most picturesque lakes in the Alps. It’s surrounded by high mountains covered with lush Mediterranean vegetation and the lake itself is divided into 3 parts: Ramo di Como, Lago di Lecco and Ramo di Colico.
Lake Como – holidays among flowers
Lago di Como is situated in Lombardy, Italy's richest region. It resembles an inverted "Y", thanks to what it has a very long coastline. Around the reservoir you can find a lot of beautiful towns between which you can move on ferries. Each of the towns delights with something different, but they have one thing in common - they are very neat and clean, and additionally full of flowers, which look amazing. No wonder that the region is loved by tourists. Who wouldn’t like to sit with the aromatic Italian coffee, surrounded by blossoms in a restaurant with outdoor seating?
Its popularity Lake Como owes not only to the beauty, but also to the climate, which turns the relaxation on the beach into a divine experience. The upper part of the reservoir is very popular among windsurfers, due to the wind breva. Despite the location in the mountains, in summer it’s very hot there, and in winter the temperature in the reservoir doesn’t fall below zero. Interestingly, at the same time in the resort Madonna di Campiglio, located approximately 100 km away from the lake, there is a heavy frost.
Attractions of the area
To say that the area is just beautiful is not enough. A big attraction that attracts tourists is a small village Fiumalatte. Its name comes from the stream having its source in the cave Gringa. It falls in cascades, and after 250 meters, flows into Lake Como, foaming and gaining a white color. It looks like a milky stream falling aggressively from the mountain, hence the name, which means "the river of milk".
In a close proximity of Fiumalatte is Varenna, another picturesque village. It impresses visitors with blooming gardens and colorful maze of streets and alleys. Tourists also visit the castle Vezio, the XIV century church of Saint George and two lovely villas - Cipresso and Monastero.
From Varenna you can get a ferry to Bellagio, a town considered to be the most beautiful of all the villages on the shores of Lago di Como. It’s located on a promontory sticking out into the lake and the three sides are surrounded by water. At the waterfront there are many bars and restaurants, and the center is located near the port, from which small ships and ferries depart. Wandering around the charming old town is a pleasure, and while walking towards the lake we pass numerous shops and cafes, full of the aroma of strong espresso. At night it’s very romantic – from the waterfront you can see the lights of neighboring towns and the only thing you can hear is a low murmur of the waves.
Night by the lake
At the north side of the lake there’s a lovely place, perfect for the night. It’s Camping Magic Lake, where for the position for motorhome you will pay 9 euros per day and for an adult - 7 euros per day. You can take your pets with you (2.5 euros/day), and people eager to explore the area from the side of the water can rent a kayak - the cost is 20 euros per day. There are also many shops and restaurants serving excellent meals.
The aroma of flowers, the wind cooling the skin and orange trees, cypresses and palms growing through the winter. This is Lake Como, in which the majestic mountains reflect - a fabulous place to which you will definitely come back.