DUBAI, UAE – December, 2015 – Lake Como is one of the most celebrated and beautiful places in the world and a magnet for elite international tourism. The palatial Grand Hotel Tremezzo, built over 100 years ago, takes pride of place on the lake itself, steeped in architectural wonder. For the curious traveler, there are some amazing facts about the majestic Lake Como that will feed any inquisitive mind.
1: It is Italy’s third largest lake
Lake Como is the third largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore, with a shoreline stretching over 100 miles long and almost 3 miles wide. It is also one of Europe’s deepest lakes, formed during the last Ice Age with its deepest point measuring 425 meters from surface to bottom. However, most of the lake is slightly more than 150 meters in depth. This depth is one reason for its remarkably blue water, making it one of Italy’s most picturesque natural destinations.
2: It has long been a celebrity vacation spot
Since its discovery in the 19th century, it became one of the stops on the Grand Tour that brought to Italy writers such as Flaubert and musicians such as Gioacchino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi and Vincenzo Bellini, who wrote the opera “Norma” inspired by the lake, and ever since have been waxing lyrical of Lake Como as a haven of love, peace, serenity and beauty. In ancient times it was populated by wealthy Milanese and Lombardians who came during the weekend to escape the pollution and humidity of the cities and instead, spend lazy afternoons sailing, sunbathing and basking in the serene ambience. Today, everyone from George Clooney to David Beckham is attracted to beautiful Lake Como with the region’s immense natural beauty and relaxed lifestyle making it a favourite hide-out of the world’s movie stars, musicians, political leaders and entrepreneurs.
3: Lake Como is home to the world’s most exquisite properties
Lake Como, being a popular retreat for aristocrats and the wealthy since Roman times possesses many artistic and cultural gems, namely the many villas and palaces that line its shores such as Villa Carlotta, Villa Balbianello and Villa Melzi. Villa Carlotta is located just a few minutes walking distance from Grand Hotel Tremezzo and is famous worldwide for its centuries-old 70,000sqm park. Its botanic gardens are filled with colour from orange trees and some of Europe’s finest rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. The villa, a treasure trove of paintings, sculptures and tapestries, takes its name from the Prussian princess who was given the property in 1847 as a wedding present from her mother.
4: Como is to fashion, what Dubai is to skyscrapers
Many people assume that Milan is the epitome of Italian fashion, when in actual fact Como is the very heart of silk history and production. Today, Como produces 85% off all silk made in Italy and provides 70% of Europe’s silk. Silk has been a part of Como’s history for over 4,000 years; however, it was the turn of the 18th century that saw Como become Italy’s largest silk producer. The silkworm industry died down after World War II, but is still thriving in Como, which imports silk worms from China before the silk is woven, colored and tailored to design in Italy. Today Como provides silk for the fashion houses of Milan, Paris and New York.
5: Lake Como is bordered by beautiful towns and villages
From the Southeastern towns of lively Como itself to the tourist hotspot of Menaggio on the West of the lake, this area of Italy is awash with quaint postcard worthy villages. If there were only one panorama however, to sum up the romanticism and wonder of Lake Como, it would have to be that of Bellagio. The Bellagio peninsula that splits the waters of the lake into two arms, hat Grand Hotel Tremezzo itself offers unparalled views of, alongside the Grigne Mountains. tThis beautiful little town is located on the promontory where Lake Como separates into two branches and is both historic and charming, with waterfront promenades and two public gardens: Villa Carlotta and Villa Melzi. It’s impossible not to become smitten by Bellagio’s maze of steep stone staircases, red-roofed and green-shuttered buildings and gently bobbing boats. Once in Bellagio you cannot miss the viewpoint Punta Spartivento for a spectacular view of the lake, its three branches and of course the iconic, Grand Hotel Tremezzo.
The art Nouveau landmark that is Grand Hotel Tremezzo, crammed with memories from yesteryear, of romantic grand tours, long voyages and illustrious travelers, is a true sight to be seen. Its luxurious period décor, outstanding modern facilities and of course, stunning lakeside views, make this grand hotel a destination in itself.
For reservations please contact:
Grand Hotel Tremezzo Reservation Office
Phone +39 0344 42491