West side of Lake Como

Lake Como isn’t just Bellagio and Varenna, so this time we go the West side of Lake Como. One of the most beautiful areas of Lombardy. A weekend or a week in this place is really worth it.


  • Menaggio
  • Tremezzo
  • Sacro Monte (Ossuccio)
  • Lenno
  • Villas




Menaggio is a relaxing and beautiful spot to take a break. I suggest you visit the area around Menaggio and go to Plesio, here you can have a spectacular view of the lake: San Domenico and Santuario Beata Vergine Di Breglia are the best spot.

Have you ever heard about a Crotto? A Crotto, also called grotto in the Lombard language, is a natural cavity typical of the mountainous regions of the Alps, in particular of the areas of Lake Como, Valchiavenna, and Canton Ticino. There are so many in this area like Crotto Buba.




Tremezzo is a very small village, but thanks to the Gran hotel Tremezzo, is very famous like a luxury hotel.

Villa Carlotta is a villa and botanical garden in Tremezzo. The villa is today a museum, whose art collection includes works by Canova, Thorvaldsen, and Hayez in addition to pieces of furniture from the time of the various owners. The villa, whose architect is unknown, was completed in 1745. Opening: 11 am – 6 pm / Entrance: 12€.


Villa del Balbianello is a villa in the comune of Lenno, overlooking Lake Como. It is located on the tip of the small wooded peninsula of Dosso d’Avedo on the western shore of the south-west branch of Lake Como, not far from the Isola Comacina, and is famous for its elaborate terraced gardens. Opening: 10 am – 6 pm (Monday closed) / Entrance: 11€.



Villa d’Este, originally Villa del Garovo, is a Renaissance patrician residence in Cernobbio on the shores of Lake Como, northern Italy. Both the villa and the 25-acre park which surrounds it have undergone significant changes since their sixteenth-century origins as a summer residence for the Cardinal of Como. Since 1873 the complex has been a luxury hotel.

Villa Erba is a 19th-century villa in Cernobbio, on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. It was built by Luigi Erba, brother of the prominent businessman Carlo Erba (founder of the first Italian pharmaceutical company), to show off his wealth. In 2004, the villa served as a filming location for the movie Ocean’s Twelve.


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