We are north of Milan, north-west to be precise. From Lake Como, the Alps rise up imposing and majestic; we’re also just a stone’s throw from the Swiss border.
If, at first sight, it seems like a mere stop-off, you could not be more wrong. This wonderful part of Italy, with its centres of excellence and stunning places of interest, makes Lombardy a region of infinite beauty and resourcefulness. We are in a land that is both naturally international and, at the same time, crucial to Italy’s cultural identity: one of the most important Italian novels ever written – Manzoni’s The Betrothed – starts off with a description of the surprising beauty of the panoramas that surround this lake, which is one of the largest in the entire country.
From the moment you approach it, you will breathe in the aristocratic air that goes hand-in-hand with the great expertise of the companies based in this part of Italy, which manufacture numerous world-class products . In the Brianza area, in the province of Lecco, some of the world’s most unique luxury furnishings are made, from pieces featuring artistic inlays to designer models at the very top end of the market. But Lake Como is also a very fashionable haunt for the international jet set; it is a place where high-end leisure and tradition are perfectly balanced.
Feel like you’re on the set of a Hollywood film
Visit at least one historic villa on Lake Como
Take a mini-cruise on the lake
Take the Como funicular railway
Play a round of golf overlooking the lake
Visit the Villa Reale in Monza
Be a spectator at the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Autodrome in Monza
Discover the finest in Italian manufacturing at the furniture factories in Meda
Savour some “molecular” cooking at the Mistral restaurant
Run your fingers over the silk produced in the Brianza area