Tucked away in the Italian Lake District, Lake Como is a Mediterranean paradise. Described as a ‘jewel’ by the locals, and regularly visited by the rich and famous. There is nowhere in the world as beautiful, as passionate, as stylish as Lago di Como…
Lake Como can be found in the Lombardy region of Italy and is the third largest lake in the country at approximately 146km squared.
Best described as being shaped like a ‘Y’, with the small towns of Bellagio, Menaggio and Varenna meeting at the intersection.
Lake Como is a movie star in its own right
Notable residents of the area include George Clooney, whose swanky villa has seen many an A-list party over the years.
But not only do the glitterati reside on its shores, they seem to want to work there most of the time too. Gosh, ain’t it a hard life for some?!
Some of the scenes in Star Wars Episode II were shot in a gorgeous villa on the lake, most notably the marriage of Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala – for all you Star Wars fanatics out there…
Locations around the lake also appear several times in James Bond movie Casino Royale, and many music videos have also been shot close by.
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Not content with movies, Lake Como has stealthily made its way in to a number of high-profile books too.
A veritable library in fact! Flick through the pages of some of the world’s most celebrated writers; Ian Fleming, Mark Twain, Mary Shelley and Ernest Hemingway have all set the scene with the lake in mind.
The weather is a phenomenon!
The Lake Como area has it’s own microclimate which makes for a glorious Mediterranean style climate with lots of sun and warm temperatures for most of the year.
Known for being gorgeously green and lush, it is one of the very few places on earth you’ll find palm trees growing next to alpine furs!
This is believed to be down to most of the rain falling at night in short but spectacular thunderstorms that result in wonderful fresh, clean air.
Also famous for it’s many palaces and villas, as well as the wildlife, Lake Como has become a popular venue for sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Lake Como holidays from Shearings.com are certainly something everybody should experience at least once in a lifetime.