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Thursday Feb 25, 2016
Day Trips from Lake Como: Best Drives in Italy
Lake Como is one of the most famous holiday destinations in Italy. Home to some of Europe’s most beautiful homes that line the lake (mentioning no names, George Clooney!), Lake Como is the place to be every summer for the most famous and the most wealthy people in the world.
The lake also has some great Victorian history to explore. Take tours of the old-money villas and gardens that decorate the lake, as well as the natural beauty that is the lake itself. Visit the small towns within the Lake Como area, such as Tremezzo and Bellagio, both named two of the prettiest towns in Europe.
However, when you have really got to grips with the unforgettable scenery at the Lake, it’s a great idea to make some longer day trips from Lake Como. With a car rental in Italy, spending a day or two visiting some of these incredible destinations will enhance your trip, and provide you with some of the best drives in Italy:
Monte San Giorgio
The wooded mountain of Monte San Giorgio is located on Lake Lugano on the border between Switzerland and Italy, and is a UNESCO World Hertiage Site that is worth a day trip. Just an hour away from Lake Como, the site is an important historical, archaeological and scientific location thanks to its 250-million-year-old rocks. You can find out more by visiting the many archaeological museums in the region, such as in Besano. Make sure before you enter the site that you stop off in the visitor’s center to get maps and more information about this region, or plan ahead.
The city of Monza in the Lombardy region of Italy is around an hour-and-a-half away from Lake Como and is a pretty city on the River Lambro. Visit the famous Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista, which was built in 595, and explore the Parco di Monza, the largest enclosed park in all of Europe, which was established in 1806. A Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit is also located here, and can be visited on non-race days.
Milan is just an hour and 20 minutes away by car from Lake Como, offering a big city draw, and one of the best drives in Italy. Famed for having some of the world’s most iconic fashion, design, and haute cuisine, Milan is really a place to treat yourself. However, the city also has some impressive history. Make sure you visit the Gothic cathedral that dominates the city and delve into some of the world’s most famous art galleries and museums that feature work from timeless artists such as Leonardo da Vinci.
If you really want a change of scenery – St. Moritz in Switzerland is just an hour and 50 minutes away from Lake Como. The Alpine town, which is famous for hosting the Winter Olympics twice, has a world-famous bobsled run and an ice rink made from natural ice that has been used in a number of iconic events. The famous holiday resort has skiing and snowboarding options and will feel like worlds away! But it’s all possible with day trips from Lake Como.