First-time visitors to Italy usually hit the triumvirate of Italian attractions: Venice, Florence and Rome. But there’s a case to be made for Lake Como, a wishbone-shaped body of water 30 miles north of Milan. Stone-clad villages cling to the lush, towering hills that surround the lake, and Baroque villas are sprinkled around its shores. Restaurants, both of the haute and the salt-of-the-earth varieties, serve just-pulled-from-the-lake fish and Lombardy regional specialties such as saffron risotto. And best of all, you don’t have to be an A-list celebrity or have a fat bank account to enjoy what Virgil called “our greatest lake.” Renting a car is the most convenient transport, but a more fun and intrepid way to get intimate with Como is by indulging in the frequent and vast ferry system that shuttles locals and visitors across the lake to villas and villages.