Italy

 

We visited Cernobbio, on the shores of Lake Como for a few days in June 2011. We booked a garden room at Villa d'Este, and due to low occupancy were very fortunate to have been given a lake view room. The Villa d'Este hotel is a destination in its own right, with immaculate gardens, a 500 year history, and beautiful scenery. The lake region offers many picturesque villages that can be easily accessed by boats that run through out the day. Separately, I posted a few older images taken as I was just starting with photography from a trip to Portofino taken in 2000 here.

 

Gardens, Villa d'Este.

 

A floating pool on Lake Como. The entire pool and platform rocked gently on the lake waters, like a ship.

 

Gardens and portions of Villa d'Este.


Two boats can be stored under the villa.


Nearby town of Cernobbio.


A view of Villa d'Este and Cernobbio.


Waterfront breakfast on Lake Como, with its wonderful early morning lighting.

 

A village along the shores of Lake Como. A waterfall in the background creates a scene of mist.

 

 

Another picturesque village along Lake Como's shore.

 

The town of Bellagio.

 

Leaving Bellagio.

 

Leaving Bellagio on a boat with beautiful wood finish.

 

A dusk garden scene at Villa d'Este.


A luxurious villa, reputedly owned by Sir Richard Branson.


Another large villa, with reputedly featured footage in Star Wars and a recent James Bond movie.

 

Interior, Villa d'Este hallway.

 

 

Lobby, Villa d'Este.

 

Lake front room, Villa d'Este. The chief problem with this room is you don't want to leave it!

 

© 2011 John Miranda