Located in the foothills of the Italian and Swiss Alps, beautiful Lake Como is Italy's deepest lake. Set within picturesque, almost fjord-like, scenery - where towering mountains fall steeply to the water's edge - Lake Como enjoys a mild climate. Even during the hotter summer months, it is possible to see snow on the mountain tops surrounding the lake.
Lake Como has, for centuries, been a popular destination for Italians escaping the heat of the cities, and as a result there are many historic and beautiful villas lining the shores, such as the Villa Carlotta and the Villa D'Este, as well as many larger villas - in recent years, many of these have been converted into luxury hotels. The area's beauty has made it hugely popular with celebrities, who have chosen to make Como their second or third home, while Lake Como has featured as a location for the recent James Bond film, Casino Royale.