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A Guide To Italy’s Amazing Lake Como

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Street in Varenna along Lake Como. Photo Everett Potter


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View from Varenna of Lake Como. Photo Everett Potter


By Everett Potter

Several times a year, I’m fortunate enough to cruise up and down the deep waters of Italy’s mountain-fringed Lake Como. I have explored the tourist sights and lesser-known villages, the stately streets of the city of Como, and the hamlets with breathtaking views that will never make it into a guidebook. Lake Como is one of those dreamy places that exceeds expectations, a veritable operatic stage set of villas, garden follies, ferries and speedboats on a 29-mile-long body of water that resembles a fjord more than a lake.


Lake Como
Along Lake Como. Photo Everett Potter

If Lake Como were nothing more than a gorgeous lake in Northern Italy, it would still be one of the country’s star attractions. The lake has one of the most dramatic settings in the world, a inverted “Y” flanked by steep, thickly wooded mountainsides. To the north lie the Alps, which are snow-dusted for much of the year, while along the lakeshore are palm trees next to ornate villas that, in some cases, have origins as far back as the 16th century … continue reading

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  1. Marian Betancourt
    June 23, 2023 at 4:44 pm — Reply

    Love the story. I visited this magical place many years ago and your story brought me back.

  2. June 23, 2023 at 8:43 pm — Reply


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