Something Beachy

BY KELSEY WHITE

Italy Trip 2017

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LAKE COMO

Lake Como is one of the most magical places I have ever traveled to. It's peaceful, romantic, and timeless. Como living means exploring medieval remnants in stone villages like Bellagio and Varenna, and touring luxurious villas with rolling vineyards and olive trees. The best way to do it all? By boat, of course. 

OVERVIEW

WHEN TO GO: August/September

WHERE TO STAY: Hotel Grand Tremezzo, Borgo de Terrazze

THINGS TO DO

  • Visit Bellagio - a picturesque stone village with silk shops and outdoor cafes
  • Go to the spa at Grand Tremezzo, have lunch, and lay by the floating pool
  • Take a boat tour from to see the entire lake and gain some local knowledge from the boat caption
  • Take a tour of Como's historic mansions like Villa del Balbianello and Villa Carlotta

The lake is very large, but you can easily catch ferries or water taxies to explore towns around the lake. Each town has it's own personality and charm. Some of my favorite towns include Bellagio, Tremezzo, and Varenna.

SHOP ITALY

Bellagio

Walk around the charming town of Bellagio and discover some of the best dining tucked away in the stairwells. Definitely check out the Italian silk shops and stock up on scarfs! 

Villa Melzi

Villa Serbelloni Garden

Ristorante La Punta

Borgo Le Terrezze

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

Hotel Belvedere

Tremezzo

The dreamy lakeside town of Tremezzo is just a 10 minute ferry ride from Bellagio. It also has two of the most breathtaking villas which you can tour, and one of the lake's grandest hotels. 

Hotel Grand Tremezzo

Villa Carlotta

 

Varenna

A low-key little town with scenic, lakefront dining.

Lakeside promenade in Old Borgo

Villa Monastero

Castello di Vezio

Villa Cipressi

 

CAMOGLI

The brightly painted fishing village on the west side of the peninsula of Portofino, between Genoa and Cinque Terre. It's not a very well known American tourist destination (which I very much appreciated), and it is filled with local tourists from Italy. Camogli is just 2 hours from by car from Milan. 

OVERVIEW

WHEN TO GO: August/September

WHERE TO STAY: Hotel Cenobio de Dogi

THINGS TO DO

  • Get some sun on the umbrella studded beaches
  • Walk around the small town of Camogli overlooking the water
  • Visit Basilica Di Santa Maria
  • Take a boat tour to Portofino with Portofino Water Taxi - ask for Andrea!
  • Enjoy Camogli's favorite dish - Trofie Pesto Pasta 

Please leave any comments or questions below! I'm happy to answer and give advice :)