Lake Como is shaped like an upsidedown 'Y', with the northern
branch beginning at Colico. The towns of Como and Lecco sit at the end of the southwestern and southeastern branches.
Bellagio, Menaggio and Varenna are situated at the intersection
of the three branches of the lake and a boat service, including a car ferry, operates between them.
The lake is renowned for its outstanding beauty, having featured
extensively in many movies including Star Wars Episode II Attack Of The Clones, Ocean's Twelve and the
James Bond Movie, Casino Royal (both filmed at Villa del Balbianello).
Exploring the lake would be incomplete without visiting the many
famous villas, including Villa Carlotta, Villa d'Este and Villa del Bablbianello.
This is a hugely popular tourist desintation and a perfect venue
for sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. In 1818 Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote to Thomas Love Peacock : "This lake exceeds
anything I have 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 forests".
Other references to the lake include one from Mark Twain,
who visited Lake Como in the summer of 1867, he described it at length in The Innocents Abroad".
Swimming is permitted in Lake Como and you will find designated areas for this. Most
of the towns also have outdoor swimming pools which are open for the duration of the tourist season.
The area attracts the rich and famous worldwide, including George
Clooney, Jennifer Lopez and Eros Ramazzotti who own a properties on Lake Como.