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

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For lunch anywhere alongside the lake, do not sleep on piadine, a form of Italian sandwich most equivalent to a flour tortilla quesadilla. You can get one particular at virtually any bar or café, stuffed with oil-packed tuna and arugula and tomato, or with turkey and vinegary mayonnaise, and the ideal kinds appear scorching with melty cheese within and a crispy, versatile exterior.

The garden at Villa Lario

Villa Lario

A visitor area at Villa MUSA

Francesco Lopazio

Exactly where to remain

If your budget is on the high conclude, put up up at Passalacqua, the newest luxurious hotel in town, which sits at the conclude of a narrow, winding street on the shore of Moltrasio. As a aspect of the Grand Resort Tremezzo loved ones, the restored 18th century super-villa gives impeccable services, vistas, and grounds—plus a bar cart that made me audibly gasp—with almost no crowd. (It has only 24 rooms and a equivalent home footprint to the GHT, which has 90 rooms, so Passalacqua feels serene while if you get lonely, you may perhaps check out the fuzzy chickens penned off to one aspect of the gardens, laying eggs for breakfast.)

For a moderate-to-substantial finances, if a distant and tranquil sanctuary appeals, contemplate Villa Lario, a modern lodge with 18 rooms tucked into the steep roadside midway among Como and Bellagio. Or if you’re after a sleek location that enables you to check out by foot, guide 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 operate anxiety into yet another spherical of aperitivi in below ten minutes, flat—and a gracious patio with panoramic views from its cozy sofas. There are also a great deal of non-public villas for lease, like the rustic-chic Villa Torno just a number of minutes south of Villa Lario, or Villa Musa if you are immediately after the sunny western shore.

If you’re looking to shell out significantly less on lodging, rely on your own fortuitous if you can snag one particular of the three trendy rooms at Villa Lina, a mattress and breakfast with a stellar area and the kindest house owners. 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 strolling path that connects just about every cluster of dining establishments and bars in Tremezzo. For the intrepid, sporty traveler looking for chic-spartan lodging more north—Grand Central for windsurfing and other h2o sporting activities, as very well 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 motor vehicle, due to the fact there are not many selections for dining nearby.) Or, for lavender-scented poolside slopes, make your way all the way up to Agriturismo Treterre, perched at the leading of a looping street with a serious grade. Treterre offers scenic isolation and a landscape that fundamentally forces your shoulders down from close to your ears, with a cafe that culls from the property’s farmland.

And if you do find your self in want of a place in downtown Como, say to capture an early train, or because you choose the benefit of keeping in a city, book a place at Palazzo Albricci Peregrini, a 15th-century palace-turned-treasure upper body of a boutique hotel with Venetian plaster partitions, classy household furniture, and plush finishings well worth your time. Como is rife with persons for great motive, after all.

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