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Days 6-7
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Picture grand villas, hanging wisteria, majestic Alpine vistas, lanterns casting a glow over waterfront restaurants.… Welcome to Lake Como. Although summer crowds threaten the lake's serene aura and slightly faded old-money gentility, the allure of this spectacular place endures. It pairs natural and man-made beauty, a combination supremely evident in abundant gardens.
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  • Travel the length of the lake by ferry, hopping off to visit the villages, villas, and gardens, or stay on board to enjoy the ride and the view.
  • Bellagio, perched on the point that splits the lake, is famed for its bougainvillea-lined stairways and impossibly enchanting ambience. The central location makes it an ideal overnight base.
  • As well as being an elegant resort, the town of Como is Europe's silk-production capital. Wander its cobblestone streets, stop at the 15th-century Duomo, and visit the Silk Museum.
  • Take the ferry to Tremezzo, where you can tour two of the lake's most impressive estates, Villa Carlotta and Villa Balbianello.


  • The Como Festival, held in July, is a celebration of jazz, classical music, and dance.

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