The Lake Como Hidden Gems That Don’t Appear on Your Instagram Feed—And Where to Find Them

For lunch anyplace alongside the lake, do not sleep on piadine, a form of Italian sandwich most very similar to a flour tortilla quesadilla. You can get just one at nearly any bar or café, stuffed with oil-packed tuna and arugula and tomato, or with turkey and vinegary mayonnaise, and the best kinds come sizzling with melty cheese inside and a crispy, adaptable exterior.

The backyard garden at Villa Lario

Villa Lario

A guest place at Villa MUSA

Francesco Lopazio

Wherever to stay

If your budget is on the higher stop, article up at Passalacqua, the most recent luxurious resort in town, which sits at the stop of a narrow, winding road on the shore of Moltrasio. As a part of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo relatives, the restored 18th century super-villa offers impeccable service, vistas, and grounds—plus a bar cart that made me audibly gasp—with pretty much no group. (It has only 24 rooms and a similar assets footprint to the GHT, which has 90 rooms, so Passalacqua feels serene nevertheless if you get lonely, you may well stop by the fuzzy chickens penned off to a single side of the gardens, laying eggs for breakfast.)

For a average-to-significant budget, if a distant and tranquil sanctuary appeals, take into consideration Villa Lario, a up to date resort with 18 rooms tucked into the steep roadside midway amongst Como and Bellagio. Or if you are following a smooth spot that makes it possible for you to examine by foot, reserve a room at MUSA Lago di Como, which opened on the shore of charming fisherman village Sala Comacina in June 2022. Its lakefront GAIA Bar has magical superpowers—it can transform get the job done tension into another round of aperitivi in underneath 10 minutes, flat—and a gracious patio with panoramic sights from its comfy sofas. There are also lots of private villas for hire, like the rustic-stylish Villa Torno just a couple minutes south of Villa Lario, or Villa Musa if you’re soon after the sunny western shore.

If you are looking to shell out significantly less on lodging, count your self fortunate if you can snag a person of the a few trendy rooms at Villa Lina, a mattress and breakfast with a stellar spot and the kindest entrepreneurs. Every single of its bedrooms is soothingly appointed in neutrals, with head-on views of the lake, and it is conveniently located on the strolling path that connects just about every cluster of places to eat and bars in Tremezzo. For the intrepid, sporty traveler looking for stylish-spartan lodging additional north—Grand Central for windsurfing and other drinking water athletics, as properly as some trekking routes—check out Casa Olea in Cremia, a minimalist joint freshly opened in a restored 18th-century vicarage. (Arrive with a rental automobile, due to the fact there are not numerous solutions for eating close by.) Or, for lavender-scented poolside slopes, make your way all the way up to Agriturismo Treterre, perched at the top of a looping highway with a extreme quality. Treterre presents scenic isolation and a landscape that generally forces your shoulders down from all around your ears, with a cafe that culls from the property’s farmland.

And if you do find your self in have to have of a area in downtown Como, say to capture an early teach, or simply because you desire the advantage of being inside of a city, e book a area at Palazzo Albricci Peregrini, a 15th-century palace-turned-treasure chest of a boutique resort with Venetian plaster walls, sophisticated home furnishings, and plush finishings effectively truly worth your time. Como is rife with people for excellent rationale, after all.

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