Hugged by steep wooded hills and a winding shoreline dotted with ancient villages, Lake Como is arguably the most stunning of the region’s three big lakes, and this lakeside villa will keep a lively gang of friends or family contented. Laid out over three storeys, there’s tons of space to spread out and do your own thing – three separate living spaces with a TV in each, books to read, a covered terrace… Come together on the second floor for lazy meals out on a veranda with views.
You’re on the fringes of Onno, where you can hop on a ferry to visit other lakeside towns – Lecco, Bellagio, Varenna. The ferry point is opposite Bar Onnolulu – pick up milk, bread, cheese and cold meats here; sit and people watch over your morning coffee. Eat out at Al Batel fish restaurant or Trattoria Grigna; a few paces from the villa is La Breva – a relaxed restaurant with outdoor seating overlooking the lake.
Take your book out to a peaceful corner of the garden, loll about on loungers by the pool or cross the road to your private lakeside ‘beach’. Hire bikes from one of the many companies and zip off on a gentle, flat lakeside ride stopping for gelato along the way.