September 28, 2023


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

For lunch any place along the lake, do not snooze on piadine, a type of Italian sandwich most identical to a flour tortilla quesadilla. You can get just one at almost any bar or café, stuffed with oil-packed tuna and arugula and tomato, or with turkey and vinegary mayonnaise, and the best ones arrive warm with melty cheese inside of and a crispy, versatile exterior.

The garden at Villa Lario

Villa Lario

A guest room at Villa MUSA

Francesco Lopazio

Where by to stay

If your finances is on the substantial finish, post up at Passalacqua, the latest luxury hotel in town, which sits at the close of a narrow, winding highway on the shore of Moltrasio. As a portion of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo household, the restored 18th century super-villa features impeccable provider, vistas, and grounds—plus a bar cart that created me audibly gasp—with nearly no crowd. (It has only 24 rooms and a very similar home footprint to the GHT, which has 90 rooms, so Passalacqua feels serene even though if you get lonely, you may perhaps take a look at the fuzzy chickens penned off to one aspect of the gardens, laying eggs for breakfast.)

For a moderate-to-high spending budget, if a remote and tranquil sanctuary appeals, take into consideration Villa Lario, a contemporary resort with 18 rooms tucked into the steep roadside midway amongst Como and Bellagio. Or if you are soon after a smooth location that lets you to explore by foot, ebook a space 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 convert do the job tension into an additional round of aperitivi in less than ten minutes, flat—and a gracious patio with panoramic views from its comfortable sofas. There are also a good deal of private villas for rent, like the rustic-chic Villa Torno just a few minutes south of Villa Lario, or Villa Musa if you’re after the sunny western shore.

If you’re on the lookout to invest significantly less on lodging, depend your self fortunate if you can snag a person of the three stylish rooms at Villa Lina, a mattress and breakfast with a stellar place and the kindest homeowners. Each and every of its bedrooms is soothingly appointed in neutrals, with head-on sights of the lake, and it is conveniently found on the walking path that connects each cluster of dining places and bars in Tremezzo. For the intrepid, sporty traveler looking for stylish-spartan lodging further north—Grand Central for windsurfing and other water sports activities, as perfectly as some trekking routes—check out Casa Olea in Cremia, a minimalist joint newly opened in a restored 18th-century vicarage. (Arrive with a rental car or truck, given that there aren’t several choices for dining close by.) Or, for lavender-scented poolside slopes, make your way all the way up to Agriturismo Treterre, perched at the prime of a looping highway with a extreme quality. Treterre offers scenic isolation and a landscape that basically forces your shoulders down from all over your ears, with a cafe that culls from the property’s farmland.

And if you do discover on your own in have to have of a home in downtown Como, say to catch an early train, or simply because you favor the usefulness of keeping in a metropolis, book a place at Palazzo Albricci Peregrini, a 15th-century palace-turned-treasure upper body of a boutique resort with Venetian plaster walls, tasteful home furniture, and plush finishings effectively really worth your time. Como is rife with individuals for good explanation, following all.