The Lake District: Como, Maggiore, Iseo, Lugano ..., Milan
The city of Como on the shores of Lake Como is an easy day trip from Milan - a 45 minute train journey from Milano Cadorna station, with trains running regularly throughout the day and late into the night.
It's a lovely city - the historic centre and cathedral, the many shoreline villas, ferries to many other Lake Como towns and villages.
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Como is a city in Lobardy in northern Italy. It is situated 45 km north of Milan (about an hour away by train) and near the Swiss border. It is also situated by the beautiful Lago di Como, surrounded by mountains. Como dates back to Roman time when the Romans founded Comum in 196 BC. Today Como has 86 000 inhabitants.
Winters are dry and cold in Como with temperatures of about 4 - 6°C and the summers are hot and wet. The average temperature in summer is 24 - 26°C. When I visited in the end of February it was after an unusually cold winter, but the sun was shining and it was the first spring days. On the highest mountains by the lake snow could still be seen on the top.
Como has a lovely historical centre where it is nice to walk around on the almost car free streets. The historical centre has medieval walls on three sides and here you find the cathedral and other interesting buildings. Around Como there are several grand villas and parks, and lovely small towns by the lake to visit.
A day trip to Lake Como is a must if you are in Milan. There are lots of activities that you could do here. If you want to spend more than 1 day in Lake Como, the area will offer you amazing boat excursions to nearby towns & the montain range in the north of Italy !
I chose to go to Como because I wanted to stroll around; Although I was tyhere for just an hour or so, it did me great than being stucked in Milan !My Como Page...
Coumo and strezza situated along the swiss boarder are truely lovely.. Some area seem a bit manufactured Some do not.. All told its really charming.. You can find some really nice wines too.. I found some lovely reds from Valtalena district.. Inferno and salsella.. Very nice indeed...
Year after year loyal supporters of the various teams meet up for the annual pilgrimage to what is undoubtedly one of the most important Grand Prix of the Season. I'm sure this season is no different and also promises to be exciting, if not more!
I can't wait to catch Michael Schumacher in his Ferrari - in action. Or watch Kimi Raikonen beat him! (By the way, I am a fan of Kimi, not so much Schumi). Hey, somebody's gotta cheer for the underdogs, right?
This are all my colleagues (and myself) here in Lake Maggiore/ Stresa, just outside our FABULOUS hotel - Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees.
Address: Corso Umberto I, 67 - Stresa (Lake Maggiore) 28049
** Please check my page on Lake Maggiore/ Stresa later for more info **
Take a trip up to the grand lakes of Northern Italy. Yes, picturesque Lake Maggiore (and of course, Lake Como ). They are the most scenic places I've seen here in Italy. Our company will be having an offsite in September 2003 somewhere in the Lake Como area. I can only imagine it'd be another equally fantastic place.
Well, Lake Como/ Lake Maggiore beckons those who wish to go there for a romantic weekend interlude. Er... but please bring along an umbrella or anorak with you as the weather can change in a flash (like some jealous women's moods here on VT) ;-) and I heard electrical storms DO occur even in the summer months. No... I haven't personally experienced this phenomenom. Phew!
Take a trip to lake Como a short train ride from the city.Como is beautiful, with little steamers to take you across the lake,some nice restaurants in the main square and a funicular railway to take you up the mountains that surround the lake.
When we were there they even had water boats landing on the lake.
Why not stay the night at least.
If you have a day left you can visit the city of Varese or Stresa. Varese is a nice town for shopping and eating. Stresa is at the border of the Lago Maggiore a beautiful lake. Don't forget to visit Isola Bella and Isola Madre in the middle of the Lake.
Don't miss the spectacular lakes near Milan. This is Italy's answer to Switzerland--or maybe Norway. If Italy had a fjordland, this would be it--long sparkling lakes nestled among majestic mountains. Instead of castles, there are elegant villas and graceful gardens to pass the time in. We went to Varenna in 1997. This charming, quiet village on Lake Como gave us a rest from the hectic pace of the rest of our trip. We found a warm welcome, and terrific food, at the family-run Hotel Olivedo. Manager Laura has the rare knack of extending hospitality without intruding. You can explore the historic sites on the lake (including too-much-of-a-muchness Bellagio) or just sit and watch the ducks swim across its surface. At night, you can watch the bats come out. Very tranquil. An unforgettable visit.
Additonal info. on Lake Orta (Italian Piemont)
An apparently lonely little universe, an enchanted world held by the ancient walls of XVII century convent and bound for ages to the mysterious and fairytale-like Island of 'San Giulio'. You will sweetly spend Your time, enjoying the quiet beauty of the cosy Lake Orta, described by Balzac as a 'grey pearl' in the 'green casked' of the Piedmont hills.
A floodlit minaret rises out of the larch woods that run down to the shores of Lake Orta. Ornately carved in the islamic style, Villa Crespi is some sort of Knights' palace, the 19th-century folly of one Cristoforo Benigno Crespi. Crespi was a successful cotton trader whose business took him to Persia. Seduced by the charms of the orient, he built the villa of his dreams back home, filling it with richly carved, Moorish-style columns, capitals and archways, intricately patterned floors and frescoed ceilings. In the 1930s royalty and rich industrialists, poets and artists were entertained here.
Now, the villa has opened its doors as an exclusive hotel, restoring the rich interior colours and furnishing the luxurious bedrooms with four-poster beds and 19th-century paintings. For all this exoticism, the acclaimed cuisine is thoroughly Mediterranean and the wine list includes the best from Italy and France. Best spirits and cigars are available at the bar. Enjoy it!!
40 minutes from Milan Malpensa Airport - Follow motorway A26 to Lake Maggiore, direction Gravellona T. Exit at Arona, direction Borgomanero and then Lake Orta SS229. You will arrive to Orta san Giulio, Villa Crespi is on the left of the main cross road.
Address: Via G Fava 8/10
28016 Orta San Giulio
Tel: +39 0322 911902
Fax: +39 0322 911919
Lago D'Orta - The Lake Orta is in Piemont, on the west side of the Lake Maggiore. The Road of the laKe Orta n. 229 runs along Its east coast and along the Raylway line Novara - Domodossola.
The public boats service reaches in summer the ports of Orta, Island of S. Giulio, Pettenasco, Omegna, Ronco, Pella, Lagna, Buccione.
You can join The lake Orta driving the Motorway n. A26 - direction Gravellona Toce - exit Borgomanero. Then follow the road signs for Gozzano, the first town at the south end of the lake.
The lake Orta is at 135 km. away from Turin, 70 km. from Milan, 80 km. from the Airport Milano Linate and 42 km. from the Airport Milano.
Thought I'd include a pic of this grand hotel to entice you a little. Start planning for your trip to Northern Italy... and don't forget to include this hotel and Lake Maggiore in your itinerary! ;-)
Lago di Como (http://www.lakeofcomo.com)
a beautiful lake close to Milan. 'all' the milanese go there in the weekends and on holiday. a lot of famouse persons have a house here, like the Versace.
Como lake Rent a car and go around Como lake. Especially west side between Como and Menaggio, it's magic...