Everyone from Roman generals to movie stars has holidayed on the Italian Lakes. And at Blevio on Lake Como, it’s easy to see why. Here you could watch an opera at Teatro Sociale. Take to the water on a boat trip, stopping off at the pretty villages of Tremezzo and Bellagio. Or simply take in the spectacular scenery from your lakeside country retreat. From the backdrop of mountains to the classical villas that look over the shoreline, there’s an effortlessly graceful air about Blevio.
“The seven cities”: Italian elegance amid the mountains of Lake Como.
Things to do
Step through the ornate doors of Como Cathedral – the Duomo – and you’ll find 16th-century paintings and tapestries, and beautiful stained-glass windows from the 1800s. This architectural masterpiece is made from marble and crowned with a striking azure dome. Or for a glimpse into the distant past, make time to see the Nairola Stone. This prehistoric monolith is thought to have arrived in Blevio by ancient glacier, and is shrouded in myth and legend.
For over 100 years, Como’s weavers have been producing silk. And it’s here that some of the biggest names in fashion come to source this luxurious fabric for their exclusive designs. Wander the town and shop for exquisite scarves, blouses and dressing gowns in boutiques housed in old villas. A little further afield, Milan is ideal for a day trip – and an immersion in Italian couture.
FOOD & DRINK
From spezzatino (steaming stews) to rich cheeses, the food you’ll find in Brevio is hearty fare. Menus make use of ingredients from the surrounding Lombardy countryside. Expect to dine on veal, freshwater fish, risotto with wild mushrooms and filled ravioli like Tortelli di Zucca – pasta stuffed with pumpkin and served at festivals. Gorgonzola is produced in this region, and you’ll find it in plenty of dishes here.
For a picture-perfect panorama plan a walk to the mysterious Nairola Stone and climb high. The views from this prehistoric plateau are remarkable.
Top Tip from SLH