Let’s get a couple of things straight: First, you don’t go to the Italian lakes to swim. Yes, you can swim in them, but the water is cold and this should not be the main point of one’s stay in this area. Second, the Italian lakes are most definitely not On Golden Pond. They are not rural, and they are not isolated. The Italian lakes are sophisticated, urbane resorts like Positano or Portofino, but on a lake rather than on the sea. They’re meant for scenery, shopping, strolling, breathing the air, enjoying the views. Now, which lake is “best”? Como is the most famous. It’s also the most difficult to get around in once you’re there, as the roads are narrower and much slower. Orta and Maggiore are just as beautiful and easier. Plus, they’re all so close to each other, you’ll be able to get a taste of them all no matter which particular one you choose as your base.
Accommodates 16 + 2 – 8 Bedrooms – 9 Baths – Pool – Wi-Fi – Tennis Court – Full Staff
Magnificent historic villa ideal for family gatherings, major events, several families traveling together, or 6-8 couples traveling together. Stunning.
Accommodates 10 – 16 – 8 Bedrooms – 7 Baths – Pool – Wi-Fi – Boat with Private Dock
Deluxe villa right on the shore in the most prestigious part of Lake Como, walking distance to village. Ideal for groups of couples, adult singles, or extended family.
Accommodates 10 + 6 – 6+ Bedrooms – 6+ Baths – Pool – Wi-Fi
Beautiful lakefront estate with main house and separate guest cottage. Perfect for extended family or 2 or 3 families traveling together. Walk to village.
Accommodates 10 – 5 Bedrooms – 3 Baths – Pool – Wi-Fi
Delightful contemporary-style house ideal for a 3-generation family or for two small families traveling together. Great pool. Walk to village. Highway nearby maximizes ease of getting around.
Accommodates 6 + 2 – 3+ Bedrooms – 4 Baths – Wi-Fi
Romantically perched directly on the water on Lake Como’s northwest shore. Very comfortably furnished with enchanting views. Awkward access: physical fitness essential.