One of the most serene, magical places I’ve ever been inland, Lake Como in Italy is essentially a huge amount of tiny roman villages sitting along one of Italy’s biggest fresh water lakes – it’s 146km square! The mountains on all sides are covered in snow in winter and melt into the lake for summer. There are no beaches (it IS a lake) but plenty of public spaces for locals to relax in the sun, hundreds of wharfs and little home made sets of stairs leading down into the lake – which is the freshest swim I’ve ever had. The water is crystal clear, a massive 400m deep and makes you feel more refreshed than anything.

If you are in Italy – this is a must.

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