Lake Como (Italian: Lago di Como) is one of the lower Italian lakes and is located in Lombardy in Northern Italy. Both Switzerland the Italian fashion capital Milan are about an hour away by train. Milan is also home to the airport Milan-Malpensa, which is recommended for a trip to Lake Como.
Some of the most beautiful and popular places on Lake Como are Menaggio and Tremezzo on the western shore, which is the most populated part of the lake. On the south shore, on the other hand, you will find the most prominent places like Como, Bellagio or Lecco. On the less inhabited eastern shore you can find picturesque places like Varenna.
Lake Como is the place to be: there are numerous golf courses, and the proximity of the Alps and surrounding mountains make it a top hiking area. Due to the very favourable wind conditions, you can enjoy wind- and kitesurfing. Gourmets will be pleased about the wonderful restaurants and Romantics about walks through the small alleys of the picturesque villages on the water and inland.
Among the best and most beautiful hotels on Lake Como are the Hotel Belvedere Bellagio (wonderful lake view & beautiful pool), the Tullio Hotel in Gravedona (only 100 meters to the beach) or the small hotel La Darsena in Tremezzo (with private dock). A list for further inspiration can be found here: the best hotels on Lake Como.