Looking forward to this beautiful place
Plan to visit Bellagio, car ferry to Candenabbia south by Tremezzo to 17th illa Carllota
Lake Como’s newest star is Villa Balbianello, which showed up in Casino Royale as the sanatorium where Bond recovers after his nasty encounter with a knotted rope. The villa (00 39-0344 56110; closed Mondays and Wednesdays, admission £3) is at Dosso di Lavedo, about 15 miles north of Como, on the tip of a steep wooded promontory – and it really is as lovely as it looked on screen. There is also a glamorous new waterfront eating place, L’Altra Riva (26 Via Regina Vecchia; 031 400260), in Carate Urio. All the white leather might look a little contemporary for Como regulars, but the food is good and reasonably priced.