Lake Como a really great place if you want a more relaxing trip full of amazing scenery. We enjoyed incredible views everywhere we went, ate delicious food, took a boat out on the lake, and also got to enjoy a famous movie Villa, seen in Star Wars and James Bond. The narrow streets and colored buildings were beautiful, the mountains and lake were breathtaking, and we had plenty of time to explore and find random shops, waterfalls, and places to enjoy by the water. If Italy is on your future bucket list, Lake Como is a great stop to include. We'd love to go back!
Our Lake Como Home
One of the perks of traveling in the off season is finding great AirBnBs and hotels for about half the price. It was about a 20 minute drive from the towns we ended up visiting. It was a small hotel, with only 8 rooms and a few employees. (They didn't come to the hotel to work until after 10am)
Our hotel on the right
The lobby view
Our room view
We started off our visit with a delicious seafood meal at the hotel restaurant.
We had an hour to wait before our bus took us into the town so we started down random streets, following a waterfall we saw. We ended up finding tiny cobblestone streets, the beginning of the waterfall and random stops along the water. We typically prefer to travel without many solid plans, so that it leaves us the flexibility to choose once we get to the place... Often our favorite spots are the ones we accidentally find.
We spent most of our time in Bellagio, walking along the lake, eating lots of carbs (LOL), boating, and enjoying the incredible views of the mountains and water.
This was literally the best croissant I've ever eaten. It had just come out of the oven so it was nice and warm and full of an orange flavored jam
A new way to eat a hotdog... I had a weird hotdog craving and when I ordered it, they gave it to me on a baguette with a delicious mystery sauce
Villa del Balbianello
Will found this beautiful villa and I thought I would pass out when I found out where we were going… This villa was used in Star Wars (Episode II – 2002) and James Bond (Casino Royale – 2006) I’m a HUGE Star Wars fan and also enjoy the James Bond movies so being here was totally crazy. Will was very lucky the villa was too crowded or I would have made him reenact the wedding scene with me! LOL The mountain and lake view from this Villa was incredible... This was definitely a super cool experience!
The James Bond movie scene shot here
The shrubbery detail was amazing on all the bushes and trees.
The Star Wars movie scene shot here
Here is 2 minute video of some of our time at Lake Como... Enjoy!