Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The fairy tale beautiful Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como was our final destination in Italy last summer before heading to Switzerland. The pictures speak for themselves to the beauty of this one-of-a-kind playground for the lucky people who get to call Lake Como home -or one of their homes...

A little about Lake Como, courtesy of Wikipedia...
"Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, and a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems. It has many villas and palaces (such as Villa Olmo, Villa Serbelloni and Villa Carlotta). Currently, many celebrities have or had homes on the shores of Lake Como, such as Matthew Bellamy, Madonna, George Clooney,[2] Gianni Versace, Ronaldinho, Sylvester Stallone, Richard Branson, and Ben Spies. Lake Como is widely regarded as being one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy."

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just a humble lake house...

Pictures don't do the grand villas justice





A view of the mountain tops from the ferry we took to tour the lake.

...just the local swimming hole. I steered clear of the water because in 2007 the bacteria levels in the water were deemed too high for safe swimming.






Here's that list again of all my posts from our travels that I've posted -

Spain

•Introduction to my European backpacking trip and a list of places we visited
Galicia - Baiona and Isle de Cies
Galicia - the coast, some charming vineyards, and Pontevedra
Santiago de Compostela and gorgeous hidden beaches
Gorgeous mountain lakes of Picos de Europa
Stunning mountains - Picos de Europa
Bilbao and San Sebastian
Beautiful Barcelona
The amazing Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona
Art Nouveau dream house by Gaudi in Barcelona

Italy

Not to miss - the gorgeous rocky coast of Italy's Cinque Terre
More from my summer traveling Europe - amazing Rome
From my summer in Europe - amazing Pompeii
Turquoise ocean and vineyards on cliffs - the amazingly stunning Amalfi coast
My Summer in Europe: Pictures from lovely Florence, Italy
Enchanting Siena
Venice

Thanks as always to my boyfriend Chris, who took these amazing photos.

6 comments:

JennyLynn said...

The homes are just magnificent, I have never seen anything like them before.

The Glam Lamb said...

I loooved this post! I've spent every summer for the past 10 years in Como and Cernobbio (On Lake Como) and it is the most magical place in the entire world.

Foteini said...

lovely! went there and to Lugano and Maggiore last autumn.. .magical!

Raquel M.B.G. said...
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Raquel M.B.G. said...

Wow! Italy is a paradise...beautiful pictures. Visit my blog, to see the places I visited on our last vacations, Raquel

www.saladagrega.blogspot.com

the modern sybarite ™ said...

Ashley .. well done! Como is so inspiring. Its magical. I spent many summers in Lago di Garda but I always secretly preferred Como. Thank you.

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