In House of Gucci, family patriarch Aldo Gucci resides in a grand palazzo complete with lush gardens, Baroque-era frescos, and ornate gilded interiors. It is, remarkably, not a movie set. In fact, some viewers may recognize its real-life identity almost instantly: Villa Balbiano is one of the most iconic homes on Lake Como. And now, it’s available...

UNESCO has designated 49 new Creative Cities, including Como, in the Crafts and Folk Art sector, and Modena, in the Media Arts sector. The Board of Directors of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO had approved the candidatures of Modena and Como in June. This year the call for bids foresaw that countries could support only two nominations, i...

The month of November can be an ideal time of the year for a holiday in Italy. The low season makes every destination lower cost than usual, as well as providing the advantage of being able to better enjoy the artistic and natural beauty of the Peninsula in a quieter and less congested by great tourism. Here are some recommended destinations for an...

From its earliest beginnings, the towns surrounding Lake Como have served as a pleasurable refuge for the rich. It is not unheard of to hear about rare sightings of A-list actors and billionaire heiresses on holiday casually lingering among other travelers and locals. It has become a name frequented in magazines with snapshots of the ultra-wealthy...

Italy is famous for a wide range of things - great artists, the Roman empire, and this year as the winners of Eurovision and the Euros. However, the country is perhaps famed for boasting one of the most stunning villages in Europe, and it's not hard to see why. Lenno in Lake Como is arguably the perfect destination for a romantic getaway, or a quic...

“Art walks side by side with nature,” at Villa Carlotta, a 17th-century villa surrounded by a large botanical garden, located on the shores of northern Italy’s Lake Como. Facing the Bellagio peninsula in Tremezzo, Villa Carlotta was built for the Milanese marquis Giorgio Clerici in 1690 and extends over 17 acres. In 1801, the last descendant of tha...

Tis Travels is spending three months in Italy, exploring it from the north to the south. The first stop was Bellagio, on Lake Como. To say that one of the very best parts of my stay in Bellagio was the day spent with Chef Luigi Gandola at his restaurant, Salice Blu, is no small declaration. He is a fascinating chef, full of surprises. During the pa...

Want to live la dolce vita on your honeymoon? Head to one of the most romantic destinations in the world: Italy. From relaxing seaside resorts to glamorous metropolitan cities, the European country that gave us pizza, pasta and so much more offers something for every kind of traveler.  “In Italy, you can have a really varied itinerary, and travelin...

Como, set in the north-east of the Lombardia region and renowned for its famous lake, has been for centuries a prestigious holiday destination frequented by famous people and extremely popular on the international scene. Como is also known as “silk town” and historic residences overlooking the lake are often the setting of high-end fashion shows. ...

By October 29th 2021, UNESCO’s Director-General in Paris will designate the new creative cities. 30 June is the deadline for submitting nominations for UNESCO Creative Cities to Paris. The Italian National Commission for UNESCO chose Modena and Como, as 2021 Italian candidates for the Creative Cities Network, respectively in the Media Arts and Craf...