I never would have guessed that someday I would get married on Lake Como. On a Europe trip in the summer of 2010, Lake Como was simply a destination on my itinerary like all the others. Even more ironic, I was not even convinced I should visit the lake to begin with. Was there enough to do there, I wondered?
That initial trip ended up sealing the deal for me. This stunning lake was traditional, dramatic and peaceful all at the same time. It felt untouched by tourism, unlike bigger cities like Rome and Venice. I ended up extending what was supposed to be two nights to seven. I did not want to leave.
After having my wedding in Lake Como in 2013, it seems I've become the resource for people headed for holiday on the lake. I've visited the lake five times and have a list of places that I have come to love and am more than happy to share. Each visit, I find something new to appreciate.
I'll never forget the breathtaking beauty that surrounds you the moment you pull through the tunnel and have your first look at the lake. The mountains tower sky high over the deep blue lake with villas, scattered like rose petals down an aisle.
For my fist visit in the summer of 2010 I had found a tiny, affordable hotel online. I didn't know what to expect and had booked some tiny hotel hidden somewhere off the lake. After a horrible experience in Parma, just days before I arrived in Como, I decided to splurge and stay a night at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo.
When I arrived to the hotel, my awe only continued. The hotel boasts over 100 years of history and luckily for visitors now, has just been renovated. Three pools, grand views of Bellagio, period decor, grand gardens, a world class spa and many dining options make this a perfect launching pad from which to explore the rest of the lake. Rooms are elegant and I highly recommend the lake view room so that you can soak up every waking moment with gazing at the lago. Details are not spared at this property and every room seems more magnificent than the last. T Spa is the most impressive spa I have ever visited. More than 3 stories house many different relaxation areas, baths, and most of the spa offers sprawling views of the lake. Sitting in a hot sauna overlooking the lake was a true highlight of my trip. They offer what seems like an endless list of treatments and in sumptuous private accommodations, should you so choose. Even if you just go and enjoy the facilities, you will be fascinated at all that is available.
The Tremezzo also has a stunning pool set in the lake that is striking with the lake as the dazzling backdrop.
After a day at the spa, visit Al Veluu, which is just a five minute drive away, for dinner. Be sure to arrive around sunset to watch the sun go down over one of my favorite vantage points of the lake. This warm restaurant is owned by a husband and wife team and gives you a real taste of the lake in a refined but relaxed setting. This is where we hosted our welcome dinner for our wedding and it was such a memorable evening. I suggest you enjoy the menu below:
Bresaola air dried beef with sliced celery, Parmesan shavings and mixed leafs salad from our kitchen garden,
Bis of pasta, penne al Veluu and trofie
Involtini don Antonio beef parcels cooked on the grill stuffed with mozzarella and herbs