For generations, Lake Como has been a retreat for the rich and famous, a summer destination for the land-owning, title-bearing elite of Italy. Nowadays, you may still glimpse international superstars (George Clooney for one) along its shores, but it is now a region of exceptional real estate accessible to anyone.
Located in Lombardy, Italy, this glacial, Y-shaped lake is home to hotels, villas, and resorts that have utilized this sparkling water and the mountainous backdrop to cater to those with money to spare. If that's your case, enjoy the luxury. For most of us, the train or car from Milan is enough for a day trip of wine tasting, boat and helicopter rides, skiing at Valsassina, or just strolling through well-preserved communities like Como or Lecco. For the adventurists among us, there are numerous hiking trails around the lake..
If you're on a budget, avoid the ritzy shops and cafes and stick more to the sight-seeing and adventure travel. Otherwise, visiting Lake Como will put a hole in your pocket!
Note:Bouldering enthusiasts should head just north of the Lake Como to Val di Mello or Cimaganda, both of which provide some of the best routes in all of Italy.