To me, there’s no place more romantic than Italy…especially if you’re gazing across the mystical Lake Como. Famous for it’s storied mansions, notable residents (aka George Clooney) and proximity to Milan, Lake Como is a truly luxurious European paradise.

It’s almost as if time stands still here…the perfect destination for clearing your mind and reconnecting with your loved one. And…as if that’s not reason enough to hop on a plane right now, I guarantee you’ll be hard pressed to find better cappuccinos, anywhere in the world.

Here’s my picks for the best in where and what you should sleep/eat/see:

Sleep:  Villa d’Este and CastaDiva Resort and Spa. Both boast tranquil gardens and lake-side dining…and, in addition, both have swimming pools immersed directly on the lake. If you’re looking for a small hotel, CastaDiva is your choice. For a larger property with rooms that include private villas, Villa d’Este is the best option. Either way, you’re guaranteed a lavish experience.

Eat:  Vecchia Varenna…combining stunning views and exquisite local cuisine at reasonable prices?! We say, yes! Located in Varenna’s oldest section, the restaurant itself features a beautiful stone-floored room with white stone walls, as well as a covered terrace overhanging the water. Be sure to try the homemade tagliatelle with lake fish and tomatoes.

See: Funicolare Railway and Villa Balbianello…both offer stunning views of the lake! Villa Balianello is one of the most prestigious historic mansions in the area, the architectural design of which will leave you breathless. You could spend hours walking the villa gardens, alone! The Funicolare Railway, let’s you explore the lake from multiple vantage points. For both, be sure to bring your camera…and prepare to take tons of photographs.

Until next week…Ciao!

xo ~Cynthia



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What a beautiful place that I hope to visit soon! Beautiful pictures!

It looks amazing. Thanks for sharing!

This makes me miss Italy so much!

ready to escape to Italy??? I AM! with @PatrickMoyer @love_styled