Summer evenings in Lenno take on a hedonistic hue at the Lido di Lenno. People from near and far converge on this artificial sandy beach, located virtually next to the path and boat pier for Villa Balbianello, to enjoy food from the grill, cocktails (€6 to €10) and a (bracing) dip in the chilly, clear waters of the lake.

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1. Villa Balbianello

0.44 MILES

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…

2. Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena

0.84 MILES

This tiny Romanesque church was first mentioned in 1169, and was likely built in the 11th century. Faint frescoes remain in the interior of the church,…

3. Antiquarium Archaeological Museum

0.84 MILES

Pay a visit to this tiny archaeological museum before heading out to Isola Comacina for an overview of the many historical objects unearthed on the island…

4. Santuario della Madonna del Soccorso

1.03 MILES

On the heights above Ossuccio, this lavish sanctuary is the destination for devoted pilgrims who make the steep 30-minute climb, passing a series of…

5. Isola Comacina

1.09 MILES

Once the site of a Roman fort and medieval settlement, Lake Como's only island forms its own little bay with the mainland, just offshore from Ossuccio…

6. Villa Carlotta

2.06 MILES

The star of the show on a lake shore not bereft of elegant touches, the Villa Carlotta is a fabulous fusion of neoclassical architecture and harmonious…

7. Villa Melzi d'Eril

2.73 MILES

The grounds of neoclassical Villa Melzi d’Eril are a highlight among Lake Como's (many) delightful places. The villa was built in 1808 for one of Napoleon…

8. Basilica di San Giacomo

3.32 MILES

Bellagio's most interesting Romanesque church is the Basilica di San Giacomo, built in the 12th century by master builders from Como.