Famed Villas, Gardens, And Beaches
Villa Carlotta: Just a 5-minute stroll from the palace, the historic villa — it was built in 1745 — is home to paintings and tapestries (be sure to head upstairs for a photo-op overlooking the lake), but the surrounding gardens are where you’ll spend most of your time. Scenic paths are lined with benches, lemon tree archways, and a turtle-filled pond. We’re regulars by the bamboo gardens and azaleas collection.
Villa Balbianello: Step onto the set of a James Bond film, literally. Villa Balbianello is where scenes from ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Star Wars Episode II’ were filmed. The romantic seaside spot has a great guided tour of the house and gardens, and make sure you grab some gelato on your way back.
Bellagio and Varenna: Across the lake from Grand Hotel Tremezzo, the villages of Bellagio and Varenna are accessible via public boats which arrive on the lake shore every 30 minutes. The villages themselves are home to private tours, wine bars, boutiques, kayaking, and canoeing.