"Don't miss the spectacular..." The Lake District: Como, Maggiore, Iseo, Lugano ... Tip by noahsdad

Don't miss the spectacular lakes near Milan. This is Italy's answer to Switzerland--or maybe Norway. If Italy had a fjordland, this would be it--long sparkling lakes nestled among majestic mountains. Instead of castles, there are elegant villas and graceful gardens to pass the time in. We went to Varenna in 1997. This charming, quiet village on Lake Como gave us a rest from the hectic pace of the rest of our trip. We found a warm welcome, and terrific food, at the family-run Hotel Olivedo. Manager Laura has the rare knack of extending hospitality without intruding. You can explore the historic sites on the lake (including too-much-of-a-muchness Bellagio) or just sit and watch the ducks swim across its surface. At night, you can watch the bats come out. Very tranquil. An unforgettable visit.

Address: North of Milano

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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