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Hotels of Lake Como

A hotel on Lake Como is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger on Lake Como hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms on Lake Como are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Lake Como hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Lake Como hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels on Lake Como have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels on Lake Como
An upscale full service hotel facility on Lake Como that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Lake Como hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels on Lake Como
Full service Lake Como hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels on Lake Como
Boutique hotels of Lake Como are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Lake Como boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels on Lake Como may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels on Lake Como
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Lake Como travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Lake Como focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels on Lake Como
Small to medium-sized Lake Como hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Lake Como traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Lake Como hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs on Lake Como
A bed and breakfast on Lake Como is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Lake Como bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Lake Como B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels on Lake Como
Lake Como hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Lake Como hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels on Lake Como
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Lake Como hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels on Lake Como lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs on Lake Como
Lake Como timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts on Lake Como often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Lake Como on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels on Lake Como
A Lake Como motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Lake Como for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Lake Como motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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"Como Lake" and "Lario" redirect here. For other uses, see Como Lake (disambiguation) and Lario (disambiguation).
Lake Como
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Panoramic view of Lake Como with Grigna Mountains and Bellagio
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Location Lombardy, Italy
Coordinates  / 46.000; 9.267  / 46.000; 9.267
Primary inflows Adda River, Mera River
Primary outflows Adda River
Catchment area 4,509 km (1,741 sq mi)
Basin countries Italy, Switzerland
Max. length 46 km (29 mi)
Max. width 4.5 km (2.8 mi)
Surface area 146 km (56 sq mi)
Average depth 154 m (505 ft)
Max. depth 425 m (1,394 ft)
Water volume 22.5 km (18,200,000 acre·ft)
Residence time 5.5 years
Shore length 160 km (99 mi)
Surface elevation 198 m (650 ft)
Islands Isola Comacina
Settlements Como, Lecco (see )
Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Como (Lago di Como [ˈlaːɡo di ˈkɔːmo] or locally [ˈlaːɡo di ˈkoːmo] in Italian, also known as Lario [ˈlaːrjo], after the Latin name of the lake; Lagh de Comm [ˈlaːk de ˈkɔm] in Lombard; Latin: Larius Lacus) is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy, Italy. It has an area of 146 square kilometres (56 sq mi), making it the third-largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. At over 400 metres (1,300 feet) deep, it is one of the deepest lakes in Europe, and the bottom of the lake is more than 200 metres (660 ft) below sea level.

Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, and a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems. It has many villas and palaces (such as Villa Olmo, Villa Serbelloni, and Villa Carlotta). Many famous people have or have had homes on the shores of Lake Como, such as Matthew Bellamy, John Kerry, Madonna, George Clooney, Gianni Versace, Ronaldinho, Sylvester Stallone, Julian Lennon, Richard Branson, Ben Spies, and Pierina Legnani.

Lake Como: Etymology

The lake's name in Latin is Larius, Italianised as Lario, but this name is rarely used; it is usually called Lago di Como (literally "lake of Como"). In guidebooks the lake may be variously referred to as Lake Como, Lake of Como, or Como Lake. Its name comes from the city of Como, known to the Romans as Comum.

While the town of Como is referred to as Como, the lake is never referred to solely by this name. This is not true of another lake in Italy, Lake Garda, where Garda may refer to either the town fronting the lake, or the lake.

Lake Como: Geography

Aerial photograph of Lake Como, showing its distinctive three-armed shape.

The lake is shaped much like an inverted letter "Y". The northern branch begins at the town of Colico, while the towns of Como and Lecco sit at the ends of the southwestern and southeastern branches respectively. The small towns of Bellagio, Menaggio and Lierna are situated at the intersection of the three branches of the lake: a triangular boat service operates between them. The Lierna area is an historical charming site of the lake with a white beach and a famous castle.

Lake Como is fed primarily by the Adda River, which enters the lake near Colico and flows out at Lecco. This geological conformation makes the southwestern branch a dead end, and so Como, unlike Lecco, is often flooded.

The mountainous pre-alpine territory between the two southern arms of the lake (between Como, Bellagio, and Lecco) is known as the Larian Triangle, or Triangolo lariano. The source of the river Lambro is here. At the centre of the triangle, the town of Canzo is the seat of the Comunità montana del Triangolo lariano, an association of the 31 municipalities that represent the 71,000 inhabitants of the area.

Lake Como: Climate

Lake Como weather is humid subtropical (Cfa in the Koeppen climate classification). In the winter, the lake helps to maintain a higher temperature in the surrounding region. Average daily temperatures range from about 3.7 °C (39 °F) in January to 23.4 °C (74 °F) in July, according to historical weather data from Como. Water temperatures can reach an average of 24 °C (75 °F) during the month of July. Snowfall is erratic and primarily affects the higher elevations. Rainfall is heaviest in May and lowest during the winter months.

Lake Como: Tourism

As a tourist destination, Lake Como is popular for its landscapes, wildlife, and spas. It is a venue for sailing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. In 1818 Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote to Thomas Love Peacock: "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty, with the exception of the arbutus islands of Killarney. It is long and narrow, and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests".

In the area surrounding Lake Como there are several farms which produce goods such as honey, olive oil, cheese, milk, eggs and salamis. One can find lists of these farms and typically visit the farm itself in person to make their purchases.

Lake Como: Lakeside villas

Villa Carlotta.
Villa Melzi d'Eril.
Villa del Balbianello.
Lake Como from lakeside villa

The lake is well known for the attractive villas that have been built there since Roman times, when Pliny the Younger built the Comedia and the Tragedia resorts. Many villas on the lake shores have admirable gardens that benefit from the mild climate induced by the stabilising presence of 22.5 km³ of lake water and are fit to host tropical plants.

Villa Carlotta was built for the Milanese Marquis Giorgio Clerici in 1690 and occupies a site of over 7 ha (17 acres) at Tremezzo, facing the Bellagio peninsula. An Italian garden (with steps, fountains, and sculptures) was laid out at the same time. The villa was later sold to powerful banker and Napoleonic politician Giovanni Battista Sommariva. Stendhal was his guest in 1818, and his visit is recalled at the start of La Chartreuse de Parme. In 1843 it was purchased by Princess Marianne of Nassau as a wedding present for her daughter Carlotta, after whom the villa is now named. The latter, together with her husband Georg II of Saxen-Meiningen, laid out the woodland landscape park in Romantic style. The villa today includes a museum of agricultural implements as well as important works of sculpture by Sommariva’s friend Antonio Canova and by Luigi Acquisti.

Villa d'Este, in Cernobbio, was built in 1568 by Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio, a native of the town. In 1816–1817 the villa was home to Caroline of Brunswick, estranged wife of the Prince of Wales and shortly to become Queen Consort of King George IV of the United Kingdom. The landscaped gardens in the English style are a product of this period. Later in the century it was turned into a luxury hotel. Today the Villa d’Este is known for attracting celebrity guests.

Villa del Balbianello, famous for its elaborate terraced gardens, lies on a promontory of the western shore of the lake near Isola Comacina. Built in 1787 on the site of a Franciscan monastery, it was the final home of the explorer Guido Monzino and today houses a museum devoted to his work.

Villa Melzi d'Eril in Bellagio was built in neo-classical style by architect Giocondo Albertolli in 1808–10 as the summer residence of Duke Francesco Melzi d'Eril, who was vice-president of the Napoleonic Italian Republic. The park includes an orangery, a private chapel, fine statues, and a Japanese garden, and is planted, as often on lake Como, with huge rhododendrons. 19th-century guests at the Villa included Stendhal and Franz Liszt.

Villa Serbelloni, also in Bellagio, hosts the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, a 50-acre (200,000 m) international conference center set up and managed by the Rockefeller Foundation since 1959, which also operates a "scholar-in-residence" program for scholars from around the world. This is believed to have been the site of Pliny the Younger’s villa "Tragedia". Its well-known park was created at the end of the 18th century by Alessandro Serbelloni.

Lake Como: Ferries

The Lake Como ferry service is a highly developed public transport system linking the many small towns around the Lake. A motorized service began in 1826 when a steamship with sails, the “Lario”, was launched by the newly established Società privilegiata per l'impresa dei battelli a vapore nel Regno Lombardo Veneto. Since 1952 the system has been run under the auspices of a government organization called first the Gestione Commissariale Governativa and subsequently the Gestione Governativa Navigazione Laghi, which is also responsible for services on Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda.

Today there are three main services:

  • Motorship services along the western branch and northern end of the Lake (between Colico or Piona and Como town), with additional shuttles to the mid-lake area.
  • Fast services that follow broadly the same route, but use faster hydrofoils, stop less frequently, and cost extra.
  • Ferries that run only between the popular mid-lake villages of Menaggio, Bellagio, and Varenna, plus Cadenabbia. Some of these boats carry vehicles as well as passengers.
The lake boat Concordia and the car ferry Plinio.

Lake Como: Sacro Monte di Ossuccio

Chapel 5 of Sacro Monte di Ossuccio. Disputation with the Doctors

The Sacro Monte di Ossuccio ("Holy Mount of Ossuccio") is a sanctuary located on a hillside slope between olive groves and woods along the western edge of Lake Como facing Isola Comacina. Fifteen Baroque inspired chapels, built between 1635 and 1710, and dedicated to the Mysteries of the Rosary are dotted along the way that leads to the Monastery. This building is the last in the chain and is dedicated to the Coronation of the Virgin.

In 2003, the Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy, including that of Ossuccio, were added by UNESCO to the World Heritage List.

Lake Como:

The Parco Meier, a public garden at Tremezzo
Cities and villages on Lake Como
Western shore
from North to South
South shore
from West to East
Eastern shore
from North to South
  • Domaso
  • Gravedona
  • Dongo
  • Musso
  • Menaggio
  • Cadenabbia
  • Griante
  • Tremezzo
  • Mezzegra
  • Lenno
  • Ossuccio
  • Sala Comacina
  • Argegno
  • Brienno
  • Moltrasio
  • Cernobbio
  • Como

  • Como
  • Blevio
  • Brunate
  • Bellagio
  • Malgrate
  • Lecco
  • Colico
  • Dorio
  • Dervio
  • Bellano
  • Varenna
  • Lierna
  • Mandello del Lario
  • Lecco

Lake Como: References in literature

Lake Como at Lecco
  • Ernst Stavro Blofeld retreats to a "metropolitan hotel" on Lake Como after his plans are foiled by James Bond in the novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service by Ian Fleming.
  • Gaius Catullus asks his friend Caecilius to depart from Lake Como to Rome in poem 35.
  • Paul the Deacon, a Lombard grammarian and poet of the 8th century, wrote one of his better known poems in praise of Lake Como (Versus in Laude Larii Laci).
  • Alessandro Manzoni chose to start his The Betrothed with a graphic description of Lake Como.
  • Fabrice del Dongo, the protagonist of The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal, is born and raised near Lake Como.
  • Mark Twain visited Lake Como in the summer of 1867. He describes the lake and its environs at length in The Innocents Abroad, which recounts a lengthy pleasure excursion to Jerusalem.
  • The character of Victor Frankenstein marries Elizabeth in the vicinity of Lake Como in the novel by Mary Shelley.
  • The lake is referenced by Jean in August Strindberg's magnum opus play Miss Julie.
  • Ernest Hemingway's character Lieutenant Henry in A Farewell to Arms talks about taking a vacation to Lake Como.
  • Nagg and Nell recollect rowing out onto Lake Como the day after their engagement in Samuel Beckett's play Endgame.
  • Cadenabbia on Lake Como is the principal setting for Gladys Theodora Parrish Huntingdon's novel Madame Solario.
  • Maria Ruskin, a character in Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities, escapes from New York City to Lake Como, in order to spend time with Artist Filipo Chirazzi.
  • The 1995 movie A Month by the Lake was filmed in various locations around Lake Como.
  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002 film): Some of the scenes that take place on planet Naboo were shot at Villa del Balbianello, including the clandestine marriage of Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala.
  • In the film Ocean's Twelve, the infamous thief Francois Toulour, a.k.a. The Night Fox, resides in the Villa Erba estate in Lake Como, where he has several encounters with Daniel Ocean, his rival thief.
  • Locations around Lake Como appear several times in the James Bond movie Casino Royale: Villa del Balbianello plays the hospital where James Bond recuperates, and in the final scene, Bond hunts down Mr. White at his Lake Como estate, Villa La Gaeta.
  • Gwen Stefani's music video "Cool" was filmed in Villa Erba on the banks of Lake Como and other locations around the lake.
  • The music video for John Legend's "All of Me" was filmed at the lake.
  • In the episode "Chuck Versus the Honeymooners" of the television series Chuck, Morgan Grimes casually chats with Interpol agents about Lake Como, which he studied extensively on his flight to Europe, and realizes they are not from Interpol when one of the agents makes a mistake by identifying an annual boating festival as "palaces" instead.
  • In Series 21 of the British television series Top Gear (2002 TV series), Richard Hammond races around the perimeter of the lake in an Alfa Romeo 4C while Jeremy Clarkson uses a Gibbs Quadski.
  • In 1997 on the American daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful, Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) tossed long-time rival Sally Spectra (Darlene Conley) into Lake Como after Sally tries to prevent Stephanie from getting to her own wedding.
  • Alfred Hitchcock filmed on the shores of the lake Como one of his first films The Pleasure Garden in 1925
  • In 2016, 95% of the movie Imagine You & Me was shot in Como, Italy including Lake Como. It is a Filipino film produced by APT, GMA Films, and M-ZET with the phenomenal loveteam AlDub as its lead.

Lake Como: Sports

Lake Como is the setting of the annual Classic cycling race, the Giro di Lombardia (Tour of Lombardy).

Lake Como seen from Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo, near the centre of the lake.
Lake Como seen from the city of Como.
View of Lecco and the Lake of Como, branch of Lecco, from "Ciresa plain" on Mt. Barro.
Shoreline of Como from inside Lake Como

Lake Como: Notes

  1. "Laghi italiani". Istituto Italiano di Idrobiologia. Retrieved 2006-11-17.
  3. The meaning of Larian is "related to the Lake Como", since the Latin name of Lake Como was Larius. So, the expression Triangolo lariano, or, in English, Larian Triangle, means exactly "Lake Como Triangle" or "Triangle of the Lake Como".
  4. Climate data for Como
  5. Lake Como holidays,, April 20, 2010
  6. 2006 Kiteboard Pro World Tour event, Lake Como,, June 6, 2006
  7. Francis W Halsey, ed. (1914). Seeing Europe with Famous Authors. VIII. Funk & Wagnells.
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  9. See Infoparchi, Villa Carlotta;, Villa Carlotta; Macadam, Alta
  10. See Infoparchi, Villa Melzi.
  11. Massimo Gozzi, "History of Navigation on Lake Como", Gestione Governativa Navigazione Laghi, 2007, pp 1–2.
  12. "General Management", Gestione Governativa Navigazione Laghi, 2007.
  13. ‘Autumn Timetable 2009’, Gestione Governativa Navigazione Laghi.
  14. M.G.H. Poetae Karolini Aevi, I, pp. 42-43:

Lake Como: References

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