Lake Como, in Northern Italy's Lombardy region, is famed for the towering peaks that overlook it, the historic towns and ancient villages that dot its shores, and for its spectacular villas and hotels. The lake is shaped like an upside-down Y, with three narrow arms that meet at the village of Bellagio. At the bottom of the southwest arms lies the town of Como, home to Renaissance architecture and a funicular that travels up to the mountain town of Brunate. Nearby Lake Lugano, Lake Maggiore, and Lake Garda provide attractive day trip options for travelers renting a villa on Lake Como.
Lake Como has long been a haven for nobility, celebrities and the wealthy in-the-know travelers. The quiet gracious pace of life on its shores has always been appealing, and with the introduction of world class hotels on Lake Como like Il Sereno and Villa D'Este, and Michelin starred restaurants like Mistral and Al Sorriso, the appeal of the area has increased, making Lake Como villas and Lake Como hotels ever more popular.
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