Visit any of Lake Como's shoreline villages and the eye is invariably drawn out on to the beautiful waters. The best views, however, are reserved for those who venture to higher ground. Every step up Mount Grona is worth it for the view that greets you from the lookout Pizza Coppa – Como unfolds below, forging its way northwards past pine-forested slopes until the majestic high peaks of the Italian alps swallow it. And that's not all – Lake Piano is nearby, and beautiful Lake Lugano too. These are the views that have inspired poets and painters; that have made the Italian Lakes a byword for beauty, and a simply stunning place to holiday. The walk up - through quiet copses and past peaceful grazing land – is worthwhile in itself, but it's the views that linger longest in the memory.