Two guests being taken on a boat trip across Lake Como in Italy

Five essential Lake Como experiences 

Italy’s most famous lake is the perfect place for new adventures, from fabulous dining to sailing and lakeside hikes.
Food often seems to play second fiddle to the natural beauty of the lake, but with a plethora of standout eateries, it certainly doesn’t need to. Young chef Davide Caranchini is moving the dining scene forward with his creative cuisine at Materia.
Set in the shadows of the Alps and fringed with wooded hills, this is Italy’s loveliest – and most famous – lake. The best place to unpack your bags? The palatial Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como, set in a 19th-century villa on the wooded, south-eastern shore. Here are five quintessential experiences for every type of traveller.