It’s time to get saving, because a visit to this playground of the rich and famous will have you wondering why you ever holidayed anywhere else. Call it the ‘Clooney effect,’ but I too wanted to move right into my very own lakeside villa, if only for a summer. Who am I kidding! Just a day, someone give me their villa for just a day!!!
Lake Como was perhaps the highlight of my entire month in Italy. I didn’t have any expectations, the weather was perfect and every villa looked like it could be on the cover of Architectural Digest. I was quite literally stunned with just how jaw droppingly beautiful Lake Como was, and after 5 months of non-stop travel (I’d seen a hell of a lot of beautiful places), that’s saying something.
Villa del Balbianello
Villa del Balbianello is the Prom Queen of Lake Como and everyone wants to be her best friend, including every Hollywood location scout. You’ll recognise the villa as the hospital where James Bond recovered in Casino Royale and also as the lake retreat in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. While this villa might not be on the market, it is open to the public AND can be hired for weddings. Yep, if you’re not daydreaming about owning your own villa then you’ll be fantasizing about your future Lake Como wedding (I know I was).
Getting Around Lake Como
You can either hire a car or take the bus (lame, don’t do either of these as you’ll miss out on all the epic lake scenery and waterfront villas) or take to the water on a private boat or public ferry. Just make sure you understand the ferry timetable, as I got a little confused and rocked up to the dock an hour after the last ferry for the night, luckily said ferry was running over an hour late so it wasn’t an issue. For once Italian time actually worked in my favour.
Lake Como is the weekend playground for the Milanese, as it is only a 36-minute train ride from Milan.
Where is your dream summer holiday house location?