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.

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Where to stay in Lake Como

Como City Centre
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Como City Centre

Lakes, Monuments, Historical Buildings

Como City Centre is a welcoming, walkable neighborhood. The neighborhood has many appealing features, among them its friendly people. Take in the natural beauty of the lakeside setting and mountain views—or broaden your horizons with the local historic landmarks.

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Top Hotels in Lake Como

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Lungo Lario Trieste, 16, Como
$198/night
Aug 19 - Aug 20
4.2/5Excellent! (1,196 reviews)

"Excellent location and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. I had to change my reserved room with bigger one since the reserved room was too small. I strongly recommend this hotel"…"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

Palace Hotel
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Grand Hotel Imperiale & Resort
4 out of 5
Via Regina 24 - 26, Moltrasio
$234/night
Aug 16 - Aug 17
4.2/5Excellent! (665 reviews)

"We had a great time and the staff went extra mile to make our staff memorable. Only negative with the property, the swimming pool area is too small for the number of people staying there. There were times people had to be turned away since there weren’t enough chairs. The staff at the pool, especially ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

Grand Hotel Imperiale & Resort
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Hotel Britannia Excelsior
3 out of 5
Via Regina 41 - Cadenabbia, Griante
$103/night
Aug 13 - Aug 14
3.2/5 (995 reviews)

"The hotel location & views from the lake facing rooms are lovely. The reception & restaurant staff are very pleasant and helpful. The old man that runs the bar can be very rude and abrupt. And the bar area is dated. The pool across the road is great. The ferry over the Bellagio & the use of the sister ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

Hotel Britannia Excelsior

Popular things to do in Lake Como

Villa del Balbianello
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Villa del Balbianello

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. 

Villa Carlotta
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Villa Carlotta

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

Villa Olmo
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Villa Olmo

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

Cathedral of Como
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Cathedral of Como

Learn more about the local history when you visit Cathedral of Como, a well-known historical site in Como. Wander the lakeside or discover the area's mountain views.

Como-Brunate Funicular
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Como-Brunate Funicular

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. 

Piazza Cavour
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Piazza Cavour

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

Top activities in Lake Como

Lake Como with Bellagio & Lugano Day Trip
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Lake Como with Bellagio & Lugano Day Trip

$114

Head north from Milan to the picture-perfect resort of Lake Como, with its serene lakeside villas, before exploring “the Pearl of Lake Como”—the town of Bellagio. Later, cross the border into Switzerland to explore the bustling town of Lugano and its scenic lake to top off this incredible day trip.

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

$100

North of Milan sits Italy's breathtakingly beautiful Lake District region, with its alpine scenery and pristine bodies of water. Perhaps most well-known is Lake Como, famous as a retreat for A-list stars.

Lake Como Full-Day Tour with Cruise
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Lake Como Full-Day Tour with Cruise

$190

Get out of the city for a day and experience the unspoiled beauty of Lake Como. Enjoy shopping or dining in the lakeside town before embarking on a lake cruise to admire the woody banks and the snow-capped Alps rising right from the edge of the lakeshore.

Lake Como Sightseeing Tour from Como
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Lake Como Sightseeing Tour from Como

$67

Lake Como is the third-largest lake in Italy and is known for its incredible Mediterranean and Alpine scenery, as well as being a favorite locale among Hollywood's stars. This day tour will show you the beauty and majesty of the Italian resort.

Private Session with a Local Photographer in Lake Como
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Lake Como

$42

Connect with a local photographer to capture your most memorable Lake Como moments during this private photo shoot. Get insider tips on what to eat, see and do and return from your trip with beautiful, high quality, holiday memories. The best souvenir ever.

Lake Como Small Group Day Tour from Verona
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Lake Como Small Group Day Tour from Verona

$213

Meet the guide in the heart of Verona before starting this beautiful day trip. Take a seat in the comfortable van and enjoy a relaxing day. After a couple of hours you will arrive near the enchanting Lake Como, a magical place that has inspired artists and celebrities.