SEPTEMBER 25, 2015
by CATHERINE DASH
The pristine Northern Italy lake town of Como is known for its picturesque views and tranquil, restorative energy—both of which bring crowds of tourists throughout the summer months. But if you’re looking for a truly relaxing getaway, the early fall season might be the area’s best-kept secret. “The tourist rush ends with the August heat, so everything is quiet and relaxed, and the weather is still incredible—even warm enough to swim in the lake,” says U.S. expat and Como local Michael Whalen.
Plus, with the newly opened Pedemontana highway—which lets you bypass Milan traffic and gets you from Malpensa (Milan’s international airport) to Como in 30 minutes—making the trip has never been easier. It’s also a convenient excursion for those visiting the Expo Milano, which runs through the end of October, or those who are in need of a break post–Milan Fashion Week. Still need convincing? Here are three just-opened spots—a hotel, concept store, and restaurant—that are ushering in a new wave of modern elegance in Como.
This five-month-old, all-suite hotel is reason enough to book a trip to Lake Como. Upon arrival, guests take a glass elevator down to the lakefront property, which is optimally situated for sunset viewing. In addition to having a sophisticated contemporary design that feels thoughtfully minimalist but still comfortable and welcoming, an on-site restaurant with an inventive Italian menu, and one of the most breathtaking infinity pools in existence, Villa Làrio’s attentive staff can arrange anything your heart desires—from a tomato tasting with produce from the hotel’s garden to private boating on the lake.