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Lake ComoItaly

Picturesque towns and historic architecture, mountain scenery and watersports welcome visitors to this captivating destination in northern Italy.

Lake Como is one of Italy’s true gems, a region of alluring towns and villages scattered around a deep blue lake framed by a hinterland of forest-clad hills. The area has been a popular vacation destination since Roman times. Wander through winding streets to discover medieval landmarks, opulent palaces, traditional pizzerias and ice cream parlors. Visit luxury resorts, alpine villages and sleepy fishing communities. Enjoy numerous outdoor adventures, including watersports, biking and skiing.

Go to the walled city of Como on the lake’s southwesterly tip for its atmospheric historic center and the stunning Villa Olmo. Ride the funicular from Como to Brunate, an alpine village with hiking trails and superb viewpoints. Just an hour’s walk from Como is Cernobbio, which plays host to the 16th-century Villa d’Este and its 25-acre (10-hectare) garden. Admire the views across to the lake’s eastern arm from unpretentious Argegno.

Spend some time in Lake Como’s Golden Triangle. Don’t miss the luxury resort of Bellagio, where waterfront promenades and cobblestone streets lead to lavish palaces and stunning landscapes. Hike wooded hills and sit at a café-lined piazza in Menaggio. Learn about the region’s medieval fishing history at Varenna and relax in sleepy Cadenabbia.

In the lake’s southeastern corner is Lecco, a city that attracts artists with its mountainous landscapes and Romanesque architecture. Nearby Valsassina becomes a popular ski resort during the winter months. On the northern shore, both Colico and Domaso are lively watersports centers. Try kitesurfing, sailing and windsurfing amid breathtaking scenery.

Lake Como and its attractions are perfect for day trips, weekend breaks, adventure holidays and honeymoons. Get around the towns and villages via buses, boats and ferries or on foot and rented bike. Stay overnight at hostels, guesthouses and upscale resorts and bask in the lake’s romanticism. Of all of Italy’s picturesque lakes, many describe Lake Como as the most alluring.

Top Hotels in Lake Como

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Lake Como
Hilton Lake Como
Via Borgo Vico 241, Como
The price is $242 per night

This family-friendly Como property is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Villa Saporiti, Villa Olmo, and Piazza Cavour. Cathedral Basilica of Como ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (240 reviews)

"Nice property and would stay there again next time we are in Como."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Hilton Lake Como
Hotel Villa Flori
Hotel Villa Flori
4 out of 5
Via Cernobbio, 12, Como, CO
The price is $169 per night

Situated on a lake, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Villa Bernasconi and Villa Olmo. Piazza Cavour and Cathedral Basilica of Como are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (691 reviews)

"The hotel had such an amazing view. We were there for New Years Eve and decided to cancel our plans and watch the fireworks from our balcony instead. There is a bus stop right in front of the hotel and also a ferry service that runs every 30min that takes you to the city center. The breakfast was ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

Hotel Villa Flori
Grand Hotel Imperiale & Resort
Grand Hotel Imperiale & Resort
4 out of 5
Via Regina 24 - 26, Moltrasio, CO

Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Villa Erba and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Villa Bernasconi. Piazza San Rocco and Villa Olmo are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (758 reviews)

"We loved our stay here! Service and food were top-notch. Proximity to lake ferry and great hiking were a bonus. Loved the spa. If you’re looking for hustle and bustle near the hotel, this is not for you. Highly recommend if you want a quiet, relaxing stay. Cernobbio is just a hike, bus trip or short ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

Grand Hotel Imperiale & Resort

Popular places to visit in Lake Como

Villa del Balbianello
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Villa del Balbianello

4.5/5(50 reviews)

As one of Lake Como’s most iconic landmarks, it’s easy to see why this historic villa has served as the setting for a number of popular movies. 

Como-Brunate Funicular
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Como-Brunate Funicular

4.5/5(18 reviews)

Travel to the hilltop village of Brunate on a funicular railway that is more than 100 years old. Once there, enjoy gorgeous views and follow trails through the hills. 

Cathedral Basilica of Como
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Cathedral Basilica of Como

4.5/5(203 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Como when you make a stop at a top site like Cathedral Basilica of Como. Wander the lakeside or discover the area's mountain views.

Villa Carlotta
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Villa Carlotta

5/5(65 reviews)

Nestled on the edge of Lake Como, this 18th-century villa is a paradise for lovers of fine art and fine gardens.

Piazza Cavour
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Piazza Cavour

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Uninterrupted views of Lake Como, architecturally impressive landmarks and people watching from café terraces make this one of Como’s most popular squares.  

Villa Olmo
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Villa Olmo

4.5/5(58 reviews)

Visit this waterfront mansion to appreciate its neoclassical architecture, peruse art exhibitions and enjoy spectacular views of Lake Como from the baroque garden. 

Top things to do in Lake Como

Lake Como & Bellagio Full-Day Tour
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Lake Como & Bellagio Full-Day Tour

$101
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Lake Como, Bellagio and Varenna
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Lake Como, Bellagio and Varenna

$96
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Lake Como Sightseeing Tour from Como
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Lake Como Sightseeing Tour from Como

$67
Per adult
Enchanting Como - 1 Day Self-Guided Tour from Milan
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Enchanting Como - 1 Day Self-Guided Tour from Milan

$40
Per adult
Lake Como, St. Moritz & Bernina Express
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Lake Como, St. Moritz & Bernina Express

$164
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Lake Como Villas - Ferry boat tour
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Lake Como Villas - Ferry boat tour

$330
Per adult

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