Mid-Century Italian Design Villas

Elegant early 20th-century Italian architecture makes for some of the most beautiful homes in the world, and a growing number of tour companies now offer exclusive access to these luxurious properties. Get your camera ready for some serious touring. Some of the best villas Italy has to offer are hidden in the hills, or down […]

The Top 10 Most Luxurious Villas On Lake Como

While finding the right luxury villa on Lake Como is the main priority for high end guests looking to book a unique vacation experience, on arrival, nothing can prepare you for the scenic beauty of the lake itself. Lago di Como has inspired poets and writers from as far back as ancient Roman times, with […]

Golfing On Lake Como

For those who love to golf, not only is the course itself important, but the location of it is paramount. Lake Como has some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. By the end of the 19th century, Lake Como had already become one of the favourite tourist destinations of British society, including […]

The Best Places to Stay on Lake Como

The first time I visited Lago di Como, I thought that of course, the village of Como would be the best place to stay. I knew nothing about the Lake but wanted to be in the heart of the action. The choice of accommodation was much greater there, since it seemed to be the largest […]

Christmas and New Year at Villa Ponti Bellavista, Lake Como, Italy

Although many hotels, shops and restaurants in Lake Como close down for the winter, many reopen again for Christmas and New Year when local and traditional celebrations take on a different, more intimate atmosphere. It becomes like a fairytale winter wonderland. In our town of Civenna, above Bellagio, streets are decorated with festive street lighting […]

Spring and Autumn on Lake Como, Italy

Many people who visit Bellagio and Lake Como in general, find the crowds can be daunting in the high summer season of June, July and August. Those who holiday in September benefit from the same fantastic sunny weather but less tourists to share it with as the children have gone back to school and the […]

Restoration of Mid-Century Villa by 1960s architect Gio Ponti in Lake Como, Italy

When we first bought the Villa Ponti Bellavista, designed by Italy’s most famous architect, Gio Ponti, we thought the renovation would be a simple one. All the original 1960s bathrooms were intact, without a single broken tile, the original marble and wooden floors were in perfect condition and we thought it just needed a lick […]

Travel to Lake Como, Italy

Travelling to Villa Ponti Bellavista can be a delightful adventure, either arriving on a ferry, by road or even a helicopter from the airport – we have a helipad five minutes walk from the villa making travel to Lake Como extremely easy. Most people coming from distant lands outside the EU arrive at Malpensa. From […]

Your relaxing boating holiday around Lake Como

Ferries or Boats, the best way to see Lake Como, is from the water. Dramatic vistas, snow capped mountain ranges falling into the lake, sunsets, sun and moon rises to equal no others in the world, nothing can compare to the scenery on Lake Como that has made it a favourite of writers and artists […]

Cycling holiday on Lake Como, Italy

A Cycling holiday is one of the best ways to see Lake Como. The pace lends itself to exploring places cars whizz past, barely noticing the beauty hiding behind the corners of the road. And cycling with a group of friends, staying in a private villa, where you can take a ferry to every part […]