June 5 2016,
The Sunday Times
Why Como has Italy’s most
Lake Como has gained cachet since George Clooney bought a villa on its shore, but you don’t need an A-list budget to live here.
Living by a lake is a bit like island life, says the romantic novelist Erica James, mainly because the gossip has no chance to quieten down and fade away. Rather, in both cases, it ricochets from shore to shore, becoming more urgent, intense and colourful with each retelling. That could make you feel uncomfortably claustrophobic — or you could relish the animated friendliness of local life, as James does when she visits her second home in Lenno, on the shore of Lake Como.