Glamourous Cernobbio is reputed to be the haunt of Hollywood A lister George Clooney. Sadly we didn’t spot the silver fox while we were there but you certainly see why he might want to live there. Elegant and stylish, it’s another beautiful lakeside town. Then we’ve made it to our third and final lake. Maggiore.Continue reading “Cernobbio”

Villa Carlotta

Villa Carlotta is one of the most famous villas on Lake Como and she is a beauty! Milanese marquis Giorgio Clerici decided to establish his country estate on ancestral lakeside land at Tremezzo. The estate was complete in its initial form by 1695. His great-grandson Anton Giorgio Clerici inherited the family fortune, and completed theContinue reading “Villa Carlotta”


Today’s lake trip is to Menaggio and one of the most famous villas on Lake Como – Villa Carlotta. Menaggio has an elegant lake promenade that winds along the lake shore alongside flower beds and colourful houses. Established by the Romans as a strategic settlement on the Via Regina road, it was fortified with walls,Continue reading “Menaggio”

Waterfalls and mountains

Today sees us traversing some winding roads and checking out the more natural attractions of Lake Como. We’ve got a little off the beaten track at bit now as we stumble across a natural attraction – the Bellano Orrido. This is a natural gorge created 15 million years ago by the erosion of the RiverContinue reading “Waterfalls and mountains”

Scaligero castle

Today is all about the fortifications – the imposing Scaliger castle to be precise. This amazing structure dominates the little town of Sirmione and I have been wanting to see it for ages! Sirmione was already known to the ancient Romans because of its strategic position – a peninsula that stretches into the lake –Continue reading “Scaligero castle”