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Have you ever wondered what hidden gems surround the breathtaking Lake Como in Italy? As well as the gorgeous scenery of the lake itself, there are several sun-kissed spots to seek out nearby.
Whether you’re travelling to this sensational country for its weather, exceptional food or welcoming atmosphere, you are sure to fall in love with this alluring part of Europe.
So, to discover the top towns to visit in Lake Como, look no further, as we have compiled some of this glorious region’s must-see destinations.
As you arrive on the eastern shores of the lake, you will be met with striking views of colourful houses alongside sparkling blue waters; welcome to Varenna. You can amble down the cobblestone alleys of this traditional village, before stopping at Villa Monastero, to delight at the botanical garden.
Stroll to the lakeside to savour a coffee and really soak up the tranquil backdrop. You can then hire a boat to experience this incredible setting from out on the waves, or if you’d rather stay on dry land, just kick back and sunbathe on the beach.
If you’re simply searching for a place where you can take it easy and admire your surroundings, then this peaceful paradise is the right spot for you.
If you’re someone who likes to enjoy the best of both worlds on your break, why not journey from Lake Como’s sleepy suburbs to a bigger, bustling city?
You can easily travel to Milan from Lake Como on the train, which departs from a number of locations in the area (including Bellagio and Varenna). While it isn't technically a town, we thought that this hub of fashion, art and culture was worth mentioning in this post.
In a quick day trip, you can tour all of the leading sights, such as the Duomo di Milano, and still have time for shopping, too.
The pretty village of Bellagio is another popular option, perfect for grabbing a bite to eat and immersing yourself in the local lifestyle. There’s no shortage of boutiques where you can pick up a trinket or two, and you’ll be spoilt for choice when choosing an authentic eatery to try some Italian cuisine at.
As well as the elegant Renaissance residences dotted throughout the shoreline, you’ll also find a Romanesque church in the centre and plenty of history to uncover. To finish off your time here, wander over to Punta Spartivento; sitting at the tip of Bellagio, this park offers outstanding views of the lake and the mountains beyond it.
See these secret settlements for yourself (and come across a few of your own) by booking an escape to Lake Como with Citrus Holidays. For more inspiration for your next getaway, take a look at the other blogs on our site or browse our brilliant packages, today.