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Travel Guide: Lake Como, Italy

To highlight the beauty of Lake Como, which are part of our big La Dolce Vita sales event.. .I am taking us back two years ago, when I was crusing along the beautiful waters of Lake Como...

Hi Everyone,

Hope you're all enjoying the first week of August and looking forward to something fun this weekend! I'm off to Mexico to celebrate my best friend's bachelorette party, so stay tuned for that recap. I'm sure there will be plenty to share! The summer certainly is flying by and it's crazy to think that a mere two weeks ago Jeff and I were cruising along this famous lake in a picturesque boat that was so chic in its classic style. Climbing aboard, it felt like we were in a photo shoot for some fabulous Italian fashion designer but more on that in a bit.

In case you weren't following along on my Instagram Stories, I spent most of July traveling through the South of France and parts of Italy...photographing it all! So, it was a work trip but we managed to find the time for some fun and exploring in between shoots. I know it was a quick turn around since returning home last week, but I couldn't wait to release these brand new aerials from Lake Como into the Á la Plage series. To celebrate, I am sharing today's Travel Guide with all of my best input on how to enjoy Lake Como to the fullest. Lets dive in, shall we?


Driving to Lake Como, located in North Italy, just outside of Milan, you will quite literally exclaim "It's gorgeous!" as it begins to come into view. I know, I did. The lake is shaped like an inverted Y. If you need a bit more clarity on that, the way it was explained to me is the lake has two "legs," Como in the South-West and Lecco in the South-East, which join together at Colico in the North. It makes sense when you see it, trust me. 


I admit it. I was spoiled by my experience at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo and therefore must focus my full attention on elaborating on its behalf. It is my one and only recommendation of places to stay while visiting Lake Como. After a dazzling drive through the various villages surrounding the lake, we arrived to this stunning hotel and were not at all disappointed.

Though we had studied their beautiful website quite thoroughly, I don't think either of us were prepared for the grandiosity of the place.  Soaring up 6 stories, the grand hotel looked fresh (we learned it was renovated just a few years prior) and had vibrant orange awnings and meticulously maintained purple and white flowers all along the staircase up to the lobby. The bellman took our luggage except for our handbags, which I passed off to Jeff right away, so I could start photographing everything I saw, giddily. 

We arrived at the lobby and were greeted by the hotel manager, as well as our private concierge for the stay. I mean, you literally cannot find better hospitality anywhere!  Apparently the owner of the hotel, Valentina, had gotten wind of our arrival and kindly wanted to make sure we had a superb stay. Upon entering our suite, we learned that it was the Bellagio Corner Suite and that it provided an exclusive view of the "pearl of the lake," also known as the town of Bellagio.

Needless to say, the room was stunning with plush couches and a large wooden built-in table stacked with classic books.  Right outside the room was a large corner terrace with a table, private jacuzzi, and glass walls that gave an unobstructed view of the lake below, and as promised, the town of Bellagio in the distance, lit up in the evening sun with its pink, yellow and orange buildings. 

After recovering from the beauty that was our suite, we did a quick change into our suits to head down to Tremezzo's famous floating pool, which quite literally rests on the lake's surface. To learn more about the pool, click here and learn more about the hotel itself, look no further than right here.




Bellagio: Anyone you know who has been to Lake Como will tell you,  Bellagio is a must see. Located exactly halfway between the two southernmost branches of the lake, Bellagio is a picturesque stone village perched on the strip of land where the lake becomes a “Y.” Lined along the lake with some of the world's most beautiful villas, everywhere you turned in this historic village is eye-candy.

Tour the Lake Como by Boat: The best way to take it all in is by boat, and I recommend Como Classic Boats to do it in the upmost style. A captain will be at your service to shuttle you around the lake and share all of the most important facts and yes...they'll also point out George and Amal's place. 


All the Villas: Villas are everywhere and they are ripe for your viewing pleasure, especially from the vantage point of the boat.

One of my favorite's was Villa del Balbianello, which fun fact (for some) was featured in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. I haven't seen it but thought I'd share, in case anyone thought it looked familiar.



Another stunner, Villa la Cassinella, is available for weddings and private events. Just an FYI to anyone in the midst of nuptial planning, and please don't hesitate to invite me. I'd be happy to step ashore for the celebration.




Okay, you'll have to forgive the lack of pictures here, I guess I was too busy enjoying every bite as the food truly was divine everywhere we went. 

Dimmidisì - "Just say yes" to a truly indulgent private dinner for two at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, who offers a collection of enchanting, private spots to dine and take in the romantic atmosphere of Lake Como all the while indulging in a truly gourmet experience. 

La Vita e’ Bella - For something a little less fancy but still delicious, we found this gem of a restaurant on Piazza Domenico Croggi. Although the menu was traditional Italian, there was also plenty of healthy items like salads and vegetarian options.

La Fabbrica del Gelato - There is an unsaid but completely understood rule when visiting Italy, and I mean anywhere in Italy. You must eat gelato. After many insisting recommendations of it being "The Best!" on the lake, we stopped into this small but super cute gelato shop in Lenno. It did not disappoint.

Last but certainly not least...


Literally anywhere and're in Lake Como!

Thank you so much for joining me on my Lake Como Travel Guide and I invite you all to take in all of the latest aerials from this glamourous destination. I can't wait to hear what everyone's favorites are!





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