Sure, the Amalfi Coast is nice-the sweeping cliffside views, the color-coordinated striped umbrellas, the luxury grand palazzos-but there's a downside to visiting Italy's most Instagrammable summer destination: the swarms of tourists who touch down on the perched villages of Positano and Sorrento every single day. Good luck finding a chair on the beach or a restaurant reservation!
Some discerning travelers have caught on to this less-than-agreeable travel trend and are already moving on to lesser-known Italian destinations. One of the fashion world's latest favorite is Lake Como. More than just George and Amal's summer home base, the pristine resort area bordering the Swiss Alps is a quieter, more private enclave for jet-setters in the know-no wonder fashion editors are flocking there in force.
Harper's Bazaar's Kerry Pieri is the latest to land in this idyllic locale, and she made sure to document her stay so we, too, can travel like fashion editors.
SLEEP: The Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a historic hotel with an Instagram-friendly floating pool, clay tennis courts, and a newly remodeled Hammam spa.
EAT: Harper's Bazaar's Kerry Pieri recommends lunch at La Locanda dell'Isola on Comacina Island for a true Italian experience.
DO: Hop on a boat and cruise around Lake Como-where you'll be able to visit Villa del Balbianello, the set location for Casino Royale and Star Wars. Or hit the clay courts at the hotel if that's more your speed.
SHOP: Take a ferry over to Bellagio for great local shopping. Pick up anything from local olive oil to handcrafted porcelain plates and silk scarves.
You can read more on Pieri's Lake Como escapade on Harper's Bazaar.