Escape to idyllic Lake Como
Lake Como, an idyllic retreat north of Milan, has been a favorite summer getaway for the affluent for years and makes a great day out when visiting Milan. The Y-shaped lake offers a varied vegetation with mountains in the north and flat green areas in the south.
Lakeside activitiesLake Como has a number of features that regularly draw visitors to its banks. You can escape to the picturesque lake, which is nestled next to the Grigna Mountains or hike and take in the stunning natural surroundings. In addition, Lake Como is a favorite for water sports, with skiing, sailing and boating all common throughout the summer. Among the more popular lakeside towns to visit are Bellagio, Menaggio and Varenna, all easily accessible by boat.
When in Menaggio, hikers can enjoy a long and beautiful walk in the mountains. There are several routes to choose from, all offering stunning views of the lake and surrounding areas. For those who are not so familiar with the area, information on routes and maps can be found at the tourist office in Menaggio.
Celebrity spottingThe area has long been favored by the rich and famous as well, making celebrity-spotting a possibility when visiting Lake Como. Stars such as Madonna and George Clooney have owned villas there, as Lake Como is considered one of the most beautiful in Italy. The villas themselves merit a visit to the lake, with many built hundreds of years ago with ancient splendor.
A visit to Lake Como is the perfect day trip from the Radisson Blu Hotel in Milan.