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10 TOWNS OF LOWER LAKE COMO

 Published in Huffington Post

Lake Como is shaped like an upside-down Y . Como is at the southwestern tip and Lecco is at the southeastern tip.  At the middle point, we find Bellagio. All along the shores in between, there are lovely little towns and villages.  Here’s my top ten (this is not a ranking but the best 10):

 #1  – LECCO

Why Lecco? I have adopted Lecco and she has adopted me. I’ve been here for over 13 years and I am still discovering the history and beauty of this city. Alessandro Manzoni immortalized and personified the city in what is considered Italy’s most prominent literary works  The Betrothed, (I Promessi Sposi)  but Lecco has more than 19th century literature to offer. It has wonderful shopping in the historical city center, great plazas and cafes for people watching, a lovely promenade avenue (Il Lungo Lago) with…

#2 Varenna

Varenna is one of the most romantic little towns along Lake Como. North of Lecco, it’s a unique, little village on the hills. Cobble stoned paths and staircases wind through the old town (remember to wear comfortable shoes!). You must do La Passaggiata d’amore, the Lovers Lane along the shoreline.  Surrounded by quaint little houses upon hills, the ferry port is bustling with passengers commuting to and from Bellagio. Varenna is home to two gorgeous villas with botanical gardens; Villa…

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