The Lombardy region (Lombardia in Italian) is one of 20 regions in Italy. It is located in the North of Italy and its capital is the city of Milan (Milano). The region borders with Switzerland and with the Italian regions of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol and Veneto (to the east), Emilia-Romagna (to the south), and Piedmont ( to the west). The region is known for its varied scenery and topography including mountains, hills and plains, but it doesn’t stop there… there are high (alta) plains and low (bassa) plains!
The Lombardy region is also known as the Italian lake district or regions dominated by the gorgeous and impressive: Lake Garda, Lake Como, Lake Lugano and Lake Maggiore and numerous other smaller lakes.
Situated on the northern banks of the Italian side of Lugano Lake, at the heart of the beautiful Valsolda Valley, Porlezza is one of the hidden pearls of the Lombardy region. It is a charming small place in a marvelous setting.
Living in Porlezza allows you to enjoy both Italy and Switzerland at the same time. From Spring throughout the autumn the surrounding mountains are green and flowers blossom all around. Hikers and cyclers are welcome to explore the flora and fauna and admire the views. Churches are scattered all over the surrounding mountains, and sun bathing is available within walking distance. In the summer you can enjoy the warm days, as well as the cool breezes during the evenings. (Our apartments are air-conditioned).
The town is surrounded by a beautiful boardwalk, with a playground for children in its center. Along the promenade, one can bathe in the clear waters, fish, rest or drink a coffee in one of the cafes along the waterfront. The lake’s shining waters are very inviting and many enjoy renting a boat and sailing to take pleasure in the unique view of the tall Alpine mountains surrounding from all directions, the picturesque medieval towns scattered around with their chapel bell towers.
Lake Como is a short traveling distance (only 12 kms) and tourists can enjoy touring around the ancient towns and absorb the medieval charm.