Well, I’ve made it absolutely no secret where I’ve been summering over the past 10 days. Lake Como is probably one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited – and not just because it’s George Clooney’s not so secret hideaway.
Located in the north of Italy, we escaped to one of the Lake’s picturesque stone towns called Menaggio. Rolling hills, delicious (and cheap) local wine, mouth-watering pizzas and not a cloud in the sky – it was the perfect getaway for two, and the first stop on our Italian adventure. Here’s my guide on everything you need to know about visiting Lake Como.
How to Get There…
The closest airport to Lake Como is Malpensa, Milan. From there you can either rent a car, or, like us, opt for trains, buses and taxis. Depending on which city you’re staying in, it’ll take you about two hours to get from the airport to your hotel.
Where to Stay…
There are absolutely loads of gorgeous 18th century towns dotted all down the lake, so choosing where you want to stay is probably one of the hardest parts of the trip! If you’re Clooney-watching, then Laglio is the place for you, otherwise we stayed in Menaggio, which I think was one of the prettier cities we visited. In general, the hotels on Lake Como are very expensive. You’re looking at about Dhs1,000 per night for a 4* if you plan to go in summer. We stayed in Grand Hotel Victoria, which was nice but slightly over priced due to it being high season. Lots of hotels don’t include breakfast in the package either, so watch out for that.
What to Do…
Lake Como plays host to a whole bunch of different water activities, so you can do anything from kayaking and renting a speedboat to fishing and swimming. You can also take the ferry across the lake and get lost in the neighbouring towns like Verena and Bellagio. Otherwise, just make the most of being in Italy and have an appertivo in a lake side bar, meander down the cobbled streets with a gelato, relax at your hotel’s pool (if it has one). Menaggio also has an 18 hole mini golf course, which’ll cost you just €5 per club!
Where to Eat…
For pizza: Bar Costantin Pizzeria
For breakfast: Grand Hotel Victoria
For dinner: Osteria Il Pozzo or Ristorante del Porto (but be prepared to be attacked by mostiquots at the latter)
For ice cream: Gelateria Edo
For lunch with a view: Bar Gelateria Il Gabbiano
For drinks: Cafe del Pess