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

Penni Schewe

For lunch anywhere together the lake, do not sleep on piadine, a form of Italian sandwich most comparable to a flour tortilla quesadilla. You can get a person at nearly any bar or café, stuffed with oil-packed tuna and arugula and tomato, or with turkey and vinegary mayonnaise, and the very best types come scorching with melty cheese within and a crispy, versatile exterior.

The garden at Villa Lario

Villa Lario

A visitor place at Villa MUSA

Francesco Lopazio

The place to stay

If your spending plan is on the significant conclude, post up at Passalacqua, the most recent luxurious lodge in city, which sits at the close of a slim, winding road on the shore of Moltrasio. As a part of the Grand Lodge Tremezzo loved ones, the restored 18th century super-villa offers impeccable service, vistas, and grounds—plus a bar cart that produced me audibly gasp—with just about no group. (It has only 24 rooms and a comparable assets footprint to the GHT, which has 90 rooms, so Passalacqua feels serene nevertheless if you get lonely, you could visit the fuzzy chickens penned off to a single facet of the gardens, laying eggs for breakfast.)

For a average-to-substantial funds, if a distant and tranquil sanctuary appeals, contemplate Villa Lario, a contemporary resort with 18 rooms tucked into the steep roadside midway in between Como and Bellagio. Or if you are right after a modern spot that enables you to investigate by foot, e book a room 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 pressure into an additional round of aperitivi in less than ten minutes, flat—and a gracious patio with panoramic views from its comfy sofas. There are also a great deal of non-public villas for lease, like the rustic-chic Villa Torno just a couple minutes south of Villa Lario, or Villa Musa if you are immediately after the sunny western shore.

If you are wanting to commit much less on lodging, depend your self fortuitous if you can snag one of the 3 attractive rooms at Villa Lina, a mattress and breakfast with a stellar site and the kindest proprietors. Every of its bedrooms is soothingly appointed in neutrals, with head-on views of the lake, and it is conveniently located on the walking path that connects every single cluster of dining establishments and bars in Tremezzo. For the intrepid, sporty traveler on the lookout for chic-spartan lodging even more 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 freshly opened in a restored 18th-century vicarage. (Appear with a rental auto, considering that there aren’t lots of solutions for eating close by.) Or, for lavender-scented poolside slopes, make your way all the way up to Agriturismo Treterre, perched at the leading of a looping highway with a critical quality. Treterre presents scenic isolation and a landscape that essentially forces your shoulders down from all over your ears, with a restaurant that culls from the property’s farmland.

And if you do uncover you in have to have of a area in downtown Como, say to capture an early coach, or because you favor the benefit of being inside of a metropolis, e book a home at Palazzo Albricci Peregrini, a 15th-century palace-turned-treasure upper body of a boutique hotel with Venetian plaster partitions, elegant home furniture, and plush finishings nicely worth your time. Como is rife with individuals for excellent motive, just after all.

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