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Lake Como - Orlando / Florida Guide

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A superstar on its own right, Lake Como has been cast in many iconic movies. Oceans twelve was a great excuse to include George Clooney’s lakeside villa in some of the pivotal scenes, It is worthy of a watch simply for glimpses of Italy’s most celebrated lake along with the interior of Clooney’s 18th-century summer residence. Villa Oleandra in Laglio.

Long celebrated as a playground for the fashionable elite, Lake Como has historically embraced romantic poets, writers, artists, aristocrats and, more recently, Hollywood heartthrobs into the retreat of its cerulean shores. There are no real night clubs, to speak of, no must-go-to casinos, just calming, infinite water, shades of silver dawn and the gentle sound of shutters sighing open to start your peaceful day. It’s a place for linen suits, tanned legs stretched out on expensive terraces and understated elegance against a sophisticated backdrop of designer detail. There are swanky car launches and lakeside villas to die for, smart cafes to spend lazy mornings in, followed by afternoons toning limbs on tennis courts and evenings spent strolling hand-in-hand and savouring delicious ice cream. It’s a place to seriously chill, and to be seen chilling while looking Como-cool and absolutely fabulous.

Peaceful and perfectly picturesque, the village of Varenna is just a bobbing boat ride away from its more famous sister, Bellagio, yet it's considered to be the prettiest sibling and the real starlet of the lake. Nested in the hug of the Eastern shore, the splendour of its charming village is characterized by traditional fishermen’s houses and narrow, cobbled lanes romantically winding their way up and away from the pebble beach, lovely cafes and memorable restaurants basking at its sparkling shoreline. For gnocchi with a view, I recommend Vecchia Varenna, for a velvety cappuccino or a thirst cocktail then visit Al Prato or the Cavatappi.

There is no better way to take in the spectacular lakeside scenery than from the sky. And it just so happens that Lake Como is home to the seaplane school in Europe. Not an option for the meek or fainthearted, yet a must for those with a soaring spirit and a passion to impress, especially when you can land practically anywhere in the water.

Lake Como is one of the prettiest areas to visit any time of the year, accommodation options vary, many of the villas offer high-quality accommodation as well as event offers like engagements, marriages etc.

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