With one entrance right on Varenna’s charming waterfront and the other hidden away in its equally photogenic tangle of alleyways, the Hotel du Lac is housed in an elegant 19th-century villa offering prized views across Lake Como. The inside of the property has been renovated, but is equally romantic, with marble pillars and wrought-iron staircases. Rooms are individually decorated and spacious (for Europe), with modern bathrooms.