Lacul Como, minunatia de la umbra Alpilor – GALERIE FOTO

Tour Italy’s Lake Como by Boat - Villa la Cassinella, on the western side of the lake, is surrounded by perfectly manicured trees. The sumptuous property, which is accessible primarily by boat, is available to rent.

Lacul Como, minunatia de la umbra Alpilor – GALERIE FOTO

From a hired launch (the best way to see Lake Como), you can take in the natural scenery, stop to visit churches and tour grand villas, and have lunch in one of the lake’s charming small towns.

Lacul Como, minunatia de la umbra Alpilor – GALERIE FOTO

In the late century, a colorful structure called the Queen’s Pavilion was added to the Villa d’Este grounds.Related: 22 Incredible Indian Palaces (You Can Stay At)

Lacul Como, minunatia de la umbra Alpilor – GALERIE FOTO

Tour Italy’s Lake Como by Boat - Trimmed trees create a natural colonnade as seen on the approach to Villa Melzi from Bellagio.

Lacul Como, minunatia de la umbra Alpilor – GALERIE FOTO

On Lake Como in Italy, Vella Melzi’s gazebo offers amazing views.

Lacul Como, minunatia de la umbra Alpilor – GALERIE FOTO

A view of Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, a town located at the tip of the peninsula that divides the lake.Related: Inside Jennifer Aniston's Gorgeous Beverly Hills Home

Lacul Como, minunatia de la umbra Alpilor – GALERIE FOTO

Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo was built at the end of the century by a Milanese marquess. The home and its garden, which features sculptures by Antonio Canova and Luigi Acquisti, is now a museum. Related: 10 Hotels with Unbelievably High-End Amenities

Lacul Como, minunatia de la umbra Alpilor – GALERIE FOTO

The small wooded island of Comacina has several archaeological ruins from Roman times as well as artists’ houses, a small restaurant, and a café.

Lacul Como, minunatia de la umbra Alpilor – GALERIE FOTO

Touring by boat offers dramatic views of Lake Como’s legendary villas and picturesque small towns

Lacul Como, minunatia de la umbra Alpilor – GALERIE FOTO

Villa d?Este, in Cernobbio, was built in 1568 by Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio.s been a hotel since but still retains the feeling of a classic Italian villa, with formal gardens and a grand terrace overlooking the water.

Lacul Como, minunatia de la umbra Alpilor – GALERIE FOTO

Touring Lake Como in northern Italy by boat (like this vintage wood launch hired in Cernobbio) is the best way to see the many grand villas and historic towns that line its shores.Related: 10 New Exotic Retreats Around the World

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