They call the stretch of territory between Como and Lecco in the south and Bellagio in the north the Triangolo Lariano (Lake Lario Triangle), a mountainous and crumpled territory jammed with a surprising variety of landscapes. From the high and exhilarating 32km lakeside road between Como and Bellagio to quiet inland villages, there's plenty to discover.
The pearl is Bellagio, suspended like a pendant on the promontory where the lake's western and eastern arms split and head south. Hidden from view along the Como–Bellagio road are enchanting lakeside villages, like Torno and Careno (which get no direct sunlight in winter). The sunnier 22km eastern branch, between Bellagio and Lecco, is also a pretty drive.