December 1, 2022

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The Lake Como Hidden Gems That Don’t Appear on Your Instagram Feed—And Where to Find Them

For lunch wherever together the lake, do not snooze on piadine, a kind of Italian sandwich most comparable to a flour tortilla quesadilla. You can get a single at virtually any bar or café, stuffed with oil-packed tuna and arugula and tomato, or with turkey and vinegary mayonnaise, and the best types occur warm with melty cheese inside and a crispy, adaptable exterior.

The garden at Villa Lario

Villa Lario

A guest home at Villa MUSA

Francesco Lopazio

Wherever to remain

If your budget is on the higher end, post up at Passalacqua, the most recent luxury lodge in city, which sits at the end of a narrow, winding street on the shore of Moltrasio. As a component of the Grand Resort Tremezzo relatives, the restored 18th century super-villa gives impeccable support, vistas, and grounds—plus a bar cart that produced me audibly gasp—with pretty much no group. (It has only 24 rooms and a very similar assets footprint to the GHT, which has 90 rooms, so Passalacqua feels serene while if you get lonely, you may perhaps go to the fuzzy chickens penned off to a single aspect of the gardens, laying eggs for breakfast.)

For a moderate-to-substantial spending budget, if a remote and tranquil sanctuary appeals, look at Villa Lario, a modern day resort with 18 rooms tucked into the steep roadside midway amongst Como and Bellagio. Or if you’re after a smooth spot that makes it possible for you to check out by foot, e book a place at MUSA Lago di Como, which opened on the shore of charming fisherman village Sala Comacina in June 2022. Its lakefront GAIA Bar has magical superpowers—it can convert function anxiety into another spherical of aperitivi in less than 10 minutes, flat—and a gracious patio with panoramic sights from its cozy sofas. There are also a lot of private villas for rent, like the rustic-stylish Villa Torno just a handful of minutes south of Villa Lario, or Villa Musa if you are following the sunny western shore.

If you’re hunting to commit much less on lodging, depend your self fortunate if you can snag one of the 3 trendy rooms at Villa Lina, a mattress and breakfast with a stellar area and the kindest proprietors. Every single of its bedrooms is soothingly appointed in neutrals, with head-on views of the lake, and it is conveniently positioned on the going for walks path that connects each individual cluster of dining places and bars in Tremezzo. For the intrepid, sporty traveler looking for chic-spartan lodging even further north—Grand Central for windsurfing and other h2o sporting activities, as perfectly as some trekking routes—check out Casa Olea in Cremia, a minimalist joint newly opened in a restored 18th-century vicarage. (Appear with a rental car or truck, given that there are not numerous options for dining nearby.) Or, for lavender-scented poolside slopes, make your way all the way up to Agriturismo Treterre, perched at the major of a looping road with a intense grade. Treterre gives scenic isolation and a landscape that basically forces your shoulders down from close to your ears, with a cafe that culls from the property’s farmland.

And if you do locate you in will need of a area in downtown Como, say to capture an early practice, or since you favor the advantage of being within just a town, ebook a room at Palazzo Albricci Peregrini, a 15th-century palace-turned-treasure upper body of a boutique hotel with Venetian plaster partitions, classy household furniture, and plush finishings very well well worth your time. Como is rife with people for superior purpose, immediately after all.