And after an active day on the lake, there are plenty of places to indulge in fine dining. The cuisine of the region is famous for its risotto ai filetti di pesce persico, its olive oil, its great variety of vegetables, Drezzo and Rogaro asparagus and other succulent fish dishes.
With all the luxury venues available, Lake Como and its surroundings have become a haven for celebrities seeking reprise from the spotlight. Actor George Clooney bought the 18th century Villa Oleandra in 2001 for more than US $9 million. Located in Laglio, It was the setting for his blockbuster movie Ocean´s Twelve (2004). The current estimated price of the property is about $40 million. Also, Donatella Versace, Madonna, Richard Branson and Silvio Berlusconi all have purchased lavish residences in the area. ■