Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Lake Como Family Travel - Vacation Ideas For Couples With Children

Lake Como Vacation & Travel with Family:

Lake Como, the third largest lake in Italy and one of the deepest lakes in Europe, is located in Lombardy, Italy. On numerous trips to visit relatives in the area, I've found it to be a fun place to take the family. Not only does it bring amazing scenery and all-round lakeside frolicking, it also packs authentic taste of Italian food and hiking opportunities.

Amazing villas and historic structures
While the count of grand Lake Como villas is quite large, some of them fall in the must-see category. Here are some of them;
  • Villa Carlotta
  • Villa d'Este
  • Villa Melzi d'Eril
  • Villa del Balbianello.
Located in Bellagio, Villa Melzi is the work of renowned architect Giocondo Albertolli. It was made as the summer residence of Duke Francesco Melzi d'Eril and is known for its private chapel, fine statues, and Japanese garden. It has a history of entertaining royalty and distinguished guests.
Built in 1787, Villa del Balbianello is another structure that inspires awe from the visitors with its terraced gardens.

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Besides historic villas, Lake Como is also known for its beaches, boat rides, Italian food, mountain views (This Video Embedded from youTube , going up the Lake Como Mountain Railway (Funicolare Como-Brunate and Lighthouse Voltiano) takes passengers from Pazza de Gasperi, near the lake in Como up to Brunate, where passengers can enjoy stunning views over the Lake Como area.)
, greenway walks, golf courses and luxurious dwellings.

If your idea of fun is water activities, then, you should stay somewhere on the northern end of the lake where you can rent sailboats and go wind surfing or kite surfing. In case you are a beginner, then, there are professionals to teach the crafts.

Global celebrities like Matthew Bellamy, Madonna, George Clooney, Gianni Versace, Sylvester Stallone, Richard Branson and Ben Spies have holiday homes in Lake Como surroundings.

Towns worth visiting in Lake Como area ;

  • Bellagio
  • Bellano
  • Como
  • Griante
  • Griante
  • Menaggio
  • Tremezzo
  • Varenna

Summer Vacation on Lake Como Italy 

June is one of the best months to visit the Lake Como area of Italy. Vacationers usually don’t descend until July and August; so, you can enjoy sightseeing and shopping in the towns along its shores without any hustle bustle.

Here is link to a Forum Discussion that might help in planning summer vacations on Lake Como Italy.

A question from fellow traveler planning stay in Lake Como area

We are a family of 4 (children aged 14 and 16). We are considering a 10-day summer vacation somewhere in Como rather than trying to join the sweaty masses on the Amalfi coast. We would like to hear about personal experiences (must see places, must do daily excursions/activities; also "what not to do") and where to stay (town and hotel). Any advice/tips about traveling to Lake Como for a summer family vacation would be greatly appreciated.

Here are some replies from experts and travelers;

REPLY 1 - As far as activities, I only took the ferry over to Mennagio. On one trip, I stayed in Varenna, but I personally like Bellagio better. I'm sure there are lots of water activities available and of course, hiking. You might like to take an overnight trip to Switzerland since you will be close. I traveled by train from Varenna to Tirano, then on the Bernina Express to Chur. Beautiful scenery!

REPLY 2 - The obvious choice would be the other lakes of that region, Maggiore and Orta. Or, train to Luzern via Lugano for at least 3 nights.

REPLY 3 - Teens would get bored. If you do go, try to find a place with a pool for them. I agree that Lake Garda has more teen centered activities, wind surfing in particular.
Most of the replies give ideas that would last only for 3-4 days. Lake Como is a destination that packs more fun than that. Planning thoroughly is a must when visiting Lake Como. There are various towns and tourist destinations that deserve a watch. Make sure you cover all of them.

Rent property somewhere that is close to all the selected destinations. If you want to elevate your vacation experience, then, choose a historic villa or waterfront cottage to stay with family.
The shores of Lake Como are literally dotted with small villages that are fun to explore. You can also stroll along the boardwalk in Como for nice views of the lake.

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Going on a Como vacation with friends or better half is one thing and going with children is another. While visiting fine dining spots and taking in beauty of the lake would do for the former, it wouldn’t fascinate the latter even a bit. Children have a different definition of fun, and parents & guardians need to make sure that they have their share of it. So, here are some life-saving vacation tips if you are on a Lake Como vacation with children;

Play parks
Como authorities are well aware that children need their spaces to jump about and have fun. Hence, there is no scarcity of play parks in the vicinity of the Lake Como. Most of the villages have spaces with swings, greenery, mazes and lot more. So, if your children are bored of visiting eateries and markets, then, going to one such play parks can help you relax while your children have childlike in front of your eyes.

Treasure hunting 
There is no dearth of historic villas and house for rent Lake Como. While one can always choose to stay in a luxurious hotel, boarding a historic waterfront villa will guarantee awe from children. To add spice and ensure personal space with your better half, you can spin a tale of a gold treasure buried somewhere in the ancient house. Raise the stakes by mentioning that there is a hint hidden in one of the paintings. While children hunt for clues, you can breathe a sigh of relief. 
California Aqua Park

There are plenty of water filled activities children can look forward to while your stay in Lake Como surroundings. California Aqua Park located in Chiasso, Switzerland, just across the Swiss border from Como, Italy, is one such destination for children. There are plenty of pools, slides, and water powered fun rides to make children squeal with delight. In case the little ones are too small, there are baby crèche or care centers with trained professionals. There is also a Jacuzzi pool, beauty salon and a café that match the quality stature of luxury hotels Lake Como
Explore historic castles, churches and villas 
Children love to be outdoors and when it comes to exploring new places, they are always the first to lace their boots. There are so many historic villas, castles and churches in the Lake Como surroundings. So, dedicate a day in exploring ancient heritage, lavish gardens, galleries and grandeur. Undertake research to know the spicy details of a particular historic villa and entrance kids by gripping details of countesses, love affairs and recluse poets. While doing so, you can also ask around for on-sale real estate LakeComo.

After a tiring day of exploration and adventure, even children would love to have a quiet dinner in one of the best restaurants in Italy. This will also accomplish your goal of a gourmet based luxury vacations Lake 
So, it can be said that there are plenty of avenues for fun in Lake Como surroundings even when children are tagging along. You just have to plan it thoroughly. is approached by globetrotters who wish to book Lake Como villas for rent during their holidays. It is also consulted by property enthusiasts for on-sale apartments Lake Como. 


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