Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lake Como

We've just spent a fantastic three nights at Lake Como. We spent two days taking ferry rides up and down the lake and visiting some amazing villas. Unfortunately we could only see this one from the water as we couldn't afford the accommodation price. It is the Villa D'Este, supposedly the best hotel in the world:

Fortunately, we were able to take a tour of Villa Del Balbianello. It's closed on Monday and Wednesday and accessible only by water except on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. On those days, you can walk to it for about two kilometres from the village of Lenno. The only way you can see inside (as we did) is to take a guided tour, which was well worthwhile. This is the view from the garden:

The villa featured in the film Casino Royale as the place where James Bond convalesces.This is the loggia:

This is the terrace which was the scene of Anakin and Padme's first kiss in Star Wars:

The villa looks very impressive from the water:

We also visited the gardens of Villa Melzi near Bellagio:

And toured both the villa and gardens at Villa Carlotta near Tremezzo:

1 comment:

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, I have heard of it! It looks absolutely gorgeous, I would be happy just to lay eyes on it in person, honestly. Truly lovely, thank you for sharing!

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