A quieter alternative to the towns of Como and Bellagio, Lenno is an equally picturesque village found on the lake’s western shore. Here, you will find the Villa Balbianello – a stunning location that features in both the James Bond film, Casino Royale, and Star Wars Episode II. With a stunning interior complementing its dramatic outdoor scenery, take a guided tour before heading to a breathtaking restaurant terrace in nearby Lenno.
Castello di Vezio
If visiting Varenna, be sure to hike up above the town’s charming terracotta rooftops to the formidable Castello di Vezio. The castle dates back to the 13th century and was originally built as part of a series of Medieval watchtowers. Visitors can enjoy regular falconry shows and breathtaking panoramic views of the lake that are well worth the steep trek up a cobblestone path from Olivedo.
One of northern Italy’s most significant religious landmarks, this Catholic cathedral was built over the course of 400 years between the 14th and 18th centuries. Stood proudly within Como’s scenic Piazza Duomo, the cathedral is an architectural melange of Gothic, Romanesque, Renaissance and Baroque influences. Under its stunning Rococo cupola, admire Renaissance chapels and exquisite tapestries.