Lake Como is legendary for the ornate villas and sprawling gardens that line its shores, sitting between the shimmering water and the sharply rising foothills of the Alps. There’s a long history of the rich and famous maintaining homes here—from elite Romans and European kings, to kings of Hollywood like George Clooney. In the picture-perfect town of Bellagio, you can walk through the lakefront gardens of Villa Melzi. John sends clients looking to vacation like royalty—literally—to the palatial Villa d'Este in Cernobbio. The luxury hotel, which is often voted among the world’s best in various surveys of travelers and travel advisors, occupies two historic mansions, one the 16th-century residence of the Cardinal of Como and the other built for England’s Queen Caroline, the wife of George IV.