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Nature

Luxuriant vegetation and numerous animal species make lake Como a true oasis where you can spend a holiday immersed in nature. A favourable geographic position and mild climate has led to the development of luxuriant vegetation on the banks of the Lake and a wide range of plants, shrubs and flowers that normally grow in regions that are much further south and even sub-tropical. You can admire these special features in the many villas on both shores of the Lake, especially Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo, Villa Melzi at Bellagio and Villa Monastero in Varenna where tourists are welcomed by splendid gardens full of flowers and tropical plants that are often very rare.
INFO
http://www.villamonastero.eu
http://www.villacarlotta.it
http://www.giardinidivillamelzi.it

Sights

Thanks to its geographical position, Lake Como developed a diverse and profound culture, which in every epoch has made the most of wisdom gained from contact with a great variety of populations, thereby stimulating the creation of many fascinating works of art.

The lake, together with its network of ancient Roman roads such as the Antica Strada Regina and the Sentiero del Viandante (the Wayfarer's Trail), overlooked by towers and castles, was the route for trade and exchange of culture between Como and the area north of the Alps. The Lake Como area has a great variety of landscapes dotted with settlements and towns that are a testimony of human creativity: splendid villas immersed in centuries-old parks, architectural examples of extraordinary artistic and religious value, archaeological findings and ancient settlements, fortifications and castles. Historic and cultural treasures are kept in a variety of museums.

You can also follow themed itineraries dedicated to famous people, such as Alessandro Manzoni and Alessandro Volta, who brought recognition to this area, or itineraries in order to visit the villas and its gardens, the Romanesque churches or the rationalist architecture. In the following pages you will find descriptions on all the sites that can be visited in every town (see Towns or site seeing under the menu territory).

MUSEUMS
Villa Manzoni, Manzonian Museum and city art gallery
Palazzo Belgiojoso, Natural History Museum, Archaeological Museum, History Museum and Planetarium
Torre Viscontea (Viscontea Tower)
Palazzo delle Paure (Palace of Fears)
Ecomuseo del distretto dei monti e dei laghi briantei (Ecomuseum of the mountain and lakes of the Brianza area)

INFO MUSEUMS and SIGHTS
http://www.lakecomo.it/en/art_and_culture/museums

Sports

The varied territory of Lake Como, from the lake to the mountains, from the cities to the gentle hills of Brianza, to the far aways valleys surrounded by mountains up to 2700 m, offers sports lovers of all ages the chance to practice their favourite sport, or to try new experiences in a unique location.

Watersports enthusiasts can spend whole days sailing, canoeing, wind and kitesurfing, enjoying a motorboat ride, or water-skiing. Above that Como also offers a school for piloting seaplanes.

Those who prefer to take to the air can enjoy gliding, hangliding and paragliding.

Lovers of the mountains can go rock-climbing or enjoy walks with breathtaking views of the lake. There are also centres where you can hire mountain bikes or go horse riding

Golfers will find 7 courses, including the oldest in Italy, the famous 18 holes of the Menaggio and Cadenabbia Club.

In winter visitors can ski in at Piani di Bobbio and Pian delle Betulle and Val d'Intelvi with both downhill slopes and cross-country circuits.

INFO
- Itineraries: http://www.lakecomo.it/en/sports/itineraries
- Air Sports: http://www.lakecomo.it/en/sports/air_sports
- Bycicle: http://www.lakecomo.it/en/sports/sports/bycicle_and_mountain_bike
- Climbing: http://www.lakecomo.it/en/sports/sports/climbing
- Golf and Polo: http://www.lakecomo.it/en/sports/sports/golf_and_polo