Towns and resorts have popped up all over the lake, with every type of accommodation on offer: luxury Palace’s formerly owned by European Royals, rustic lakeside cottages, stylish modern townhouses and much more. Como, on the southwestern tip of the lake is the largest town, not the prettiest place to stay but one of the most convenient for exploring the lakes other settlements. The villages of Griante, surrounded by Roman villas, and Nesso, on the western leg of the lake, are both excellent locations for a bit of peace and quiet. Bellagio is one of the most beautiful towns, although also one of the most expensive. History lovers will enjoy exploring the ruins of Vezio Castle, up above the village of Varenna. The best views of the lake are found in the towns at the northern tip - Colico and Gravedona in particular.