Not far from Como is Cernobbio which houses the marvelous Park of Villa d'Este (16th century). Further north are the towns of Moltrasio and Laglio
and from here the cavern known as the Buco dell' Orso (the bear's hole) is easily reached.
Near Argegno is the attractive green
valley of Intelvi, and from Sala Comacina
one can visit the only island on Lake Como, the Comacina Island.
Tremezzo is one of the best known holiday
sites and it houses the splendid 18th century Villa Carlotta, with a museum and a magnificent and famous park sloping down to the lake. Its springtime
rhododendrons and azaleas are stupendous.
From Cadenabbia or the nearby Menaggio, a health resort, one can take the ferry
to Varenna a picturesque town on
the eastern shore of the lake. Other places of interest on the eastern shore are Mandello
del Lario, a picturesque town at the foot of the Grigne Massif, and Bellano, with the Church of SS. Nazaro e Celso and the famous "ravine" ("orrido"), formed by the Pioverna river. Also worth a visit is Colico with the Abbey
of Piona, a jewel of medieval art.
The enchanting Bellagio rises up
jewel-like on the end of the promontory which divides the two southern branches of Lake Como. The historical center
of the town is fascinating, with its narrow alleys and their arches, ancient patrician villas and luxurious hotels.
Lezzeno is not far from Bellagio
and from here the Grotto of the "Bulberi" can be visited by boat. At Nesso there is a spectacular waterfall which falls into a "ravine" ("orrido").
Passing through Careno, with its 12th century Church of San Martino, the visitor arrives at Torno where is of great interest the Villa Pliniana with its curious intermittent waterfall which has been known since ancient times.
Lecco, in an attractive mountainous landscape setting, is at the end of
the south eastern branch of Lake Como. There is a Town museum and the Villa Manzoni,
where the writer Alessandro Manzoni stayed. His most famous novel "The Betrothed' was set in this area. Between
Lecco and Bellagio there is a series of mountain holiday resorts such as Vaibrona, Asso, Ghisallo and Civenna, almost overhanging the lake. In the Valsassina there are numerous health resorts and it is a location for summer holidays as well as winter
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