Relax like and A-Lister or dine like a king – here are our favourite ways to while away 24-hours in enchanting, eclectic and exclusive Lake Como
Sunrise over Lake Como is one of those ‘pinch yourself’ moments and it’s well worth the early start. Begin the day slowly with breakfast (and even a spot of bubbly) at one of Lake Como’s best hotels. Or ease your way into things with a session of morning yoga, accompanied by jaw-dropping views across the lake. Whether you wake up feeling like a cobra or more of a downward facing dog, you’ll soon be stretched, primed and ready for a day of sightseeing.
If you’re feeling brave you could, quite literally, with a swim in the natural waters. Or hop aboard a boat and get your bearings. Rather than following the usual tourist trail, charter a private yacht and let the skipper take you to some of the lake’s lesser-known corners.
Channel your inner James Bond and choose a beautifully restored Riva – a slice of glamour, straight out of the ‘60s. To complete the 007 experience, don’t miss Villa Balbianello where Casino Royale was filmed.
Lake Como is a foodie’s paradise with options ranging from high-end Michelin-starred dining to hearty agriturismos. Our favourite spots for lunch include the traditional, family-run Ristorante Bilacus, the rustic Agriturismo Sorasso and the utterly sublime Market Place. Every local has their favourite haunts, so chat to your hotel’s concierge to get the inside track on the lake’s latest (and greatest) restaurants.
They say ‘you are what you eat’, so in the evening treat yourself to a healthy meal of fresh-from-the-lake fish and local olive oil. If you have time, pop in to one of the local olive oil factories such as the Oleificio Vanini Osvaldo – a favourite with none other than our very own Jamie Oliver. And, to accompany your meal, how about a glass of the local speciality: the Aperol Spritz. Made with Aperol, local Prosecco, orange juice and soda water, it’s a great pre- or post-dinner cocktail – and the perfect toast to a weekend well spent.
While the sun dips behind the mountains, return to your hotel for a lakeside sundowner and a romantic shore-side meal. Or prepare for red carpet treatment and catch a show at the historic Teatro Sociale. Events can be very popular, so make sure you book tickets in advance.
As the stars shimmer above the lake, tip toe your way down to the floating pool at the CastaDiva Resort & Spa. Suspended over the lake itself, guests can take a dip in this heated pool, accompanied by a show of lights, music and – if requested – dancing fountains. It’s the ultimate way to wind down after a busy day.