Italy, Lake Como
Stretching across the west lake promenade on Lake Como, Tremezzo borders on the resorts of Lenno and Menaggio. Tremezzo is one of Lake Como’s quieter treasures, with a small but beautiful medieval sector of the town with winding cobbled streets and grand 18th and 19th century houses and hotels lined up along the promenade. Nestled under the watchful gaze of Mount Crocione with great views across the lake towards Bellagio, the area of Tremezzo is also known as the Azalea Riviera because of the masses of stunning azaleas and rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias that bring the whole place to life with their vibrant and multicoloured blossoms.
Tremezzo is extremely well linked to other towns across Lake Como with efficient ferry and bus services going to and from your home base.
Sagra de San Giovanni
In the last weekend of June, the Sagra de San Giovanni festival is a festival that celebrates the rich and vibrant heritage of Lake Como. This historic event involves a weekend of folk, art and food from the world of old Italy. The focal point of the festival occurs in the evening after the sun has set when a hundreds of floating lamps are pitched onto Lake Como alongside a fabulous firework display.
If you didn’t already recognise the big clue in the name of the festival, the Concorso D’Eleganza Festival is perhaps one of the most luxurious and prestigious car festivals in the world. Taking place in the latter half of May, the event takes place at the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este in Cernobbio on the southern shores of the lake. A truly glamorous experience, you can see a variety of historical and unique cars from 1920 to 1980, and some of the more modern one-off multimillion pound wonders that look right at home on the winding roads of northern Italy.
Como Summer Festival
The Lake Como summer music festival takes place across numerous venues on Lake Como during the summer, including villas and gardens overlooking the water, castles, and some Brianza theatres. The festival celebrates all genres of music, from the classical scores that echo the aristocratic past of the region, through to modern numbers with jazz and pop music in the evenings.
Flower, art and flavour Festival
Taking place in Mennagio on the 21st-22nd May 2016, the flower, art and flavour festival is exactly what is says on the tin. The town of Mennagio comes to life with food markets, music in every single available corner of every street, art and beautiful spring flower decorations.
Located in between Tremezzo and Cadenabbia, the Villa Carlotta has gardens full of tropical plants, rare conifers, and stunning camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons- the perfect setting for its classical concerts during July and August.
Resort Code: ITTZ
Languages spoken: Italian
Time difference: GMT +1
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Transfer Approx. 2hrs by coach.
Supplements: are based on 7 nights departures.
Self drive is available
Car hire available: No
Evening resort bus service: No
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Parking available: No
Resort Ski bus available: No
St. Moritz (full day)
It’s not about the destination… it’s about the journey! Hopping on board the spectacular Bernina Express train through Switzerland, a train ride which has been heralded as one of the top 10 greatest train journeys to take in a life time, you will make your way through the beautiful Swiss Alps. Passing glittering lakes, pine forests, towering peaks and glittering white glaciers, upon your arrival in St. Moritz you’ll stop for lunch before driving back by the famous Maloja Pass.
Bergamo (half day)
A half-day trip to the beautiful medieval town of Bergamo. Also known as the ‘miniature Florence of the North’, this is a truly unique town steeped in history and wonderful vistas. Enjoy some guided tours throughout the town and be swept away the charming churches, palaces, squares, and spend your free time enjoying some of the arts and crafts shops that line the cobbled streets.
Milan (full day)
The home base of Italian fashion, Milan has all the makings of one of the greatest shopping cities in Europe. But there’s more to Milan than designer labels and catwalks! Explore the history city centre with its world-famous gothic duomo with a thousand spires, the La Scala Opera House, and the splendid Duke Castle- the greatest Renaissance monument in the city.
Stresa and Lake Orta (full day)
A day trip to the nearby Lake Orta- calm, serene and hopelessly romantic. Spend your time here wondering through the winding cobbled streets, or relax in the traffic free piazza before moving onto the next destination. Stresa sits on nearby Lake Maggiore and you can explore the town at leisure.
Villas of Como (half day)
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The idyllic lakeside villas of Como have always attracted the rich and famous. Today they are reminders of more elegant times. Villa Balbianello, with its magnificent gardens and views should not be missed. 17th century Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo contains sculptures by Canova and four acres of gardens with azaleas, rhododendrons and can also be visited.
Lugano & Morcote (full day)
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A fantastic opportunity to experience Swiss and Italian culture in one day. Start with the quiet splendour of the Swiss lake town of Lugano. Let its peaceful elegance charm you as you wander through the captivating alleyways. Don’t leave without visiting the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli with its marvellous painting of ‘the Last Supper’. Included is a boat trip to the village of Morcote.
Tremezzo restaurants and food
Situated in the hotel La Darsena, the lovely restaurant here has a fantastic lake-side dining room and terrace that really captures the essence of Lake Como in the evenings when the sun goes down. The menu is multicultural with strong influences from French and Italian cuisine, there is something for everyone regardless of your palette.
Based in the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, next door to the Hotel Bazzoni is the delicious fine dining La Terrazza restaurant. The lakeside terrace overlooks the mountains and is truly spectacular when the sun is setting in the evening. The menu itself serves gourmet Italian cuisine with an extensive wine list.
Pizzeria Balognett is reported to be the best pizza on the lake, and you are guaranateed a warm welcome from your hosts. Great collection of homemade organic pizzas on the menu with a variety of traditional and modern to try.
Tremezzo bars and wine
As previously mentioned, the bar in the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, next door to the Hotel Bazzoni has an outstanding lake-side terrace and this makes it a perfect location to sit and have a glass of wine while watching the sun sink below the horizon and the lights along the promenade flicker into life.
Regarded as one of the best bars in Tremezzo, Cantina Follie also makes a fantastic restaurant. Located in a wine cellar, the menu consists of traditional homemade Italian goodness that has been highly rated by guests, but the crowning glory is the extensive knowledge of wines from the area provided by the two owners. There is also a beautiful al fresco court yard outside for those summer evenings.
Shopping in the immediate vicinity of Tremezzo itself is limited, but why not take the opportunity to visit the nearby city of Milan for some serious shopping? The excursion runs once a week and while you are there you can grab plenty of wonderful Italian handmade leather goods, fashion, glassware, souvenirs and more.
The Inghams excursion that goes to the beautiful medieval town of Bergamo can be a real exciting trip for the treasure hunters out there, for the town is filled with handmade craft shops selling unique ceramics, jewellery, home decorations and other items that will make fantastic gifts for your friends and family back home.
Tremezzo spas and relaxation
Next door to the Hotel Bazzoni sits the 5-star Grand Hotel Tremezzo which is home to one of the most luxurious spas on the lake. T Spa has some perfectly unspoilt views of the lake from the indoor infinity swimming pool, guests are able to de-stress and unwind with a variety of wonderful treatments. There is also a yoga studio set in the beautiful grounds and gardens of the hotel for a truly unwinding experience.
Tremezzo arts, culture and events
Lake Como truly comes to life during the summer months with vibrant festivals, culture and artistic events. Sagra de San Giovanni is the summer festival in the last week of June that celebrates Como’s wonderful history, through music, folk culture, art and food. Como Summer Festival is a big festival of music with concerts being held in a variety of unusual and unique venues across the lake. From classical music to modern jazz and pop music, it’s not an event to be missed! For any car enthusiasts out there, you may have heard of the internationally renowned Concorso d’Eleganza car festival. A truly luxurious event that is often for invited guests only but spectators are allowed to come along and see the fantastic array of rare and one-off super cars.
With its balmy climate, Lake Como is a fantastic location to head to for a spot of Italian golf. There are several golf courses around the lake that are easily accessible from resorts including Golf Club Lecco and Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club. Many of the golf clubs in this region have been long established and earned a great reputation amongst the Italians and other guests.
For more information about golf in the region, please speak to your Inghams rep and book locally.
You can hire bicycles from many different places across Lake Como (we recommend Lenno or Menaggio) and there are plenty of paths and trails across the area to explore on two wheels.
Talk to your Inghams rep if you are keen to get out and cycle in the area, and they’ll be more than happy to point out some of the best routes and most scenic areas to you.
Situated in Bellagio there is a sports centre that has several open air tennis courts, swimming pool and other sports facilities available at a local entrance fee. There is also a small bar and restaurant with free WiFi on the premises. Pay locally for your entrance.
Part of the Grand Hotel Britannia in Cadenabbia, the lido juts out into the lake and makes a wonderful relaxing afternoon/ evening out. You can enjoy the swimming pool at a local price and it has some truly spectacular views out over the lake.
T-Spa at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Situated next door to the Hotel Bazzoni in Tremezzo the Grand Hotel Tremezzo has an absolutely outstanding spa on its premises that offers an indoor/outdoor infinity swimming pool that overlooks the lake, luxury beauty treatments, massages, a hamman bath, several exclusive suites and more. A
Bellagio Watersports Club
For kayaking days out on the lakes, the Bellagio Watersports Club can offer the hire of canoes and boats, as well as organised excursions with tour guides around Lake Como. This activity is not organised by Inghams but if you would like to book a day of canoeing then please speak to your Inghams rep who will be more than happy to assist.
One of the best activities to enjoy on Lake Como is sailing. There are a variety of boats that can be hired to explore the lake on, with or without a driver/captain and it makes a great day time activity, especially if the weather is lovely! There is a speedboat hire in Menaggio, and sailing clubs located in Nobiello on the north of the lake or at Lecco.
This activity can be arranged locally so speak with your Inghams rep in resort who will do their best to assist you.
The idyllic lakeside villas of Como have always attracted the rich and famous. Today they are reminders of more elegant times. Villa Balbianello, with its magnificent gardens and views should not be missed. 17th century Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo contains sculpture by Canova and 4 acres of gardens with azaleas, rhododendrons and ancient cedars and sequoias.
The Green Way | Easy | Approx 4 hrs (return by bus) |
This walk takes you through some of the most charming villages on Lake Como; Sala Comacina, Ossuccio, Lenno, Mezzegra, Tremezzo and Cadenabbia before arriving at the village of Griante. A great opportunity to get to know the area around Tremezzo and Cadenabbia before exploring further.