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Como-Brunate Funicular which includes a bay or harbor and a bridge
The “City of Silk,” overlooking Lake Como and bordered by the Swiss Alps, charms with its cafe culture, ornate churches and luxury silk trade.

Located right on the border of Italy and Switzerland in Lombardy, this city is the largest of the many villages bordering Lake Como. Take time out to relax by the lake in one of the many outdoor cafes, and discover the art, history, and designer silk and textile work of this highly productive silk-growing region. Wander through the historic streets to discover ornate churches and palaces before a lunch of Risotto al Pesce Persico, featuring perch caught fresh from the lake.

Learn about the history of silk weaving and craftsmanship in the Educational Silk Museum. Admire the fine textures and patterns displayed in the silk boutiques around the city. Discover some of Como’s historic architecture in the Piazza San Fedele, where the Romanesque Basilica of San Fedele displays incredible 16th-century frescoes.

Luxury mansions and villas from various centuries make this city an architectural delight. Many of these old buildings are now used to accommodate visitors, and the attached gardens are often open to the public. Visit the impressive Villa Olmo, where Napoleon was once a guest. Wander through the gardens and have a glass of wine by the lake. Try one of the restaurants in the city’s many piazzas, where you’ll be treated to local polenta dishes, marinated and sun-dried fish, and gelato.

Base yourself in Como to take boat tours and discover the towns and villages dotting the lake’s edge. The tiny town of Brunate in the hills behind Como is accessible via a scenic funicular ride, and offers stunning views over the lake and Como’s attractive architecture. For adventurous types, the hiking trails leading off from Brunate to nearby towns offer incredible vistas peeking through the forest of the paths.

Como is an easy 30-mile (50-kilometer) drive from Milan, and is also accessible by inexpensive trains leaving from Milan’s airport and its city center. Get around Como using buses and taxis.

Where to stay in Como

Palace Hotel
Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Lungo Lario Trieste, 16, Como, CO, 22100
The price is $149 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15
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Dec 14 - Dec 15
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Como. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (997 reviews)
"I loved this hotel! It was easy to access from the train station, was right in front of lake como and a couple minute walk from town square! Staff were friendly, the hotel was clean and I couldn’t hear anything outside my room"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2022

Palace Hotel
Hotel Villa Flori
Hotel Villa Flori
4 out of 5
Via Cernobbio, 12, Como, CO, 22100
The price is $154 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 16
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16
Stay at this 4-star golf hotel in Como. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (830 reviews)

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

Hotel Villa Flori
Hilton Lake Como
Hilton Lake Como
4 out of 5
Via Borgo Vico 241, Como, 22100
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The price is $159 per night from Jan 8 to Jan 9
per night
Jan 8 - Jan 9
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Como. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (452 reviews)
"The hotel is gorgeous. I loved everything about it. One thing: I used the shower in the spa area. The shower drain wasn’t working properly and it looked like there might be black mold on the lower wall of the shower."

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

Hilton Lake Como
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