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Top Choice Villa in Lenno

Villa Balbianello

A 1km walk along the (partially wooded) lake shore from Lenno's main square, Villa Balbianello has cinematic pedigree: this was where scenes from Star Wars Episode II and the 2006 James Bond remake of Casino Royale …
Top Choice Historic Building in Tremezzo

Villa Carlotta

Waterfront Villa Carlotta sits high on Como's must-visit list. The botanic gardens are filled with colour from orange trees interlaced with pergolas, while some of Europe's finest rhododendrons, azaleas and camellia…
Top Choice Italian in Bellagio

Ristorante Silvio

Operating since 1919, this place must be getting something right to achieve the seemingly unanimous acclaim. Simple food at reasonable prices combines with lovely views over the lake. You might start with a riso e f…
Top Choice Italian in Lake Como East Bank

Osteria Sali e Tabacchi

Tucked away in the hamlet of Maggiana, signposted 3km uphill from lakeside Mandello del Lario (home to the legendary Moto Guzzi motorcycle manufacturer), an eatery that has appeared in countless Italian good-food gu…
Top Choice Ristorante in Tremezzo

Al Veluu

Situated on a steep hillside with panoramic lake views from its terrace, this excellent restaurant serves up home-cooked dishes that are prepared with great pride. They also reflect Lake Como's seasonal produce, so …
Top Choice Italian in Lenno

Antica Trattoria del Risorgimento

Tucked down a narrow lane in the tiny village of Mezzegra, this charming spot cooks up beautifully prepared regional dishes. The small menu, which changes by day, features three different starters, three first cours…
Top Choice Italian in Cernobbio


The talk of the town is this enticing Zen-like space, a 10-minute walk from the waterfront. Materia sources many herbs (including unusual varieties) and vegetables from its own greenhouse, and its daring menu pushes…
Top Choice Italian in Como

Cascina Respaù

Amid the lush greenery high above Como, this small rustic restaurant feels like an idyllic escape from the sometimes maddening crowds along the lake. Charming hosts, delicious homemade dishes and a cosy setting (wit…
Top Choice Cafe in Como

Natta Café

In an atmospheric stone-arched dining room, this osteria (tavern) has a proud focus on superb local ingredients and classic wines, while also remaining remarkably warm and inviting. It's a particularly good spot for…
Top Choice Trattoria in Careno

Trattoria al Porto

In the sleepy village of Careno, this charming spot serves up excellent lake fish. When the wind is high, take refuge in the atmospheric stone-walled dining room and feast on.