Lake Como

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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.

Where to stay in Lake Como

Grand Hotel Cadenabbia
Grand Hotel Cadenabbia
4 out of 5
Via Regina 1, Cadenabbia, Griante, CO
The price is $169 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in Griante, this golf hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cadenabbia Ferry Terminal and Villa Carlotta. Bellagio Port is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) away.
4.2/5Very Good! (254 reviews)
"Excellent location and anemeties"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2021

Grand Hotel Cadenabbia
Hilton Lake Como
Hilton Lake Como
4 out of 5
Via Borgo Vico 241, Como
The price is $239 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
This family-friendly Como hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Villa Olmo and Villa Saporiti. Volta Temple (Tempio Voltiano) and Caduti ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (306 reviews)
"View was spectacular"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

Hilton Lake Como
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
5 out of 5
Via Roma 1, Bellagio, CO
The price is $549 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Nestled on the beach, this Bellagio hotel is just steps from San Giacomo Basilica and Villa Serbelloni. Bellagio Port and La Punta Spartivento are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (302 reviews)
"Beautiful location in Bellagio. Historic hotel with million dollar views. Rooms are designed in the aesthetic of how you imagine luxury hotels of the 1900s with old world aristocrats and celebrities visiting. Service at the concierge and front desk desks were both exemplary. Had a minor issue early ..."

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Campeggio Paradiso
Campeggio Paradiso
2 out of 5
Via Case Sparse 24, Domaso
The price is $69 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Nestled on the beach, this Domaso campground is within 3 mi (5 km) of Gallio Palace, Sports Centre, and Chiesa di Santa Maria del Tiglio. Piazza dei Caduti and ...
3.3/5 (10 reviews)
Normale Wohnung in Strandnähe
"Leider kein W-LAN und Rezeption wusste nichts von Ankunft, auch nicht aus Edv"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2018

Campeggio Paradiso
Residence L'Ulivo
Residence L'Ulivo
4 out of 5
Via E Vitali 24, Bellagio, CO
The price is $149 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Bellagio, this beachfront residence is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of San Giacomo Basilica, La Punta Spartivento, and Villa Serbelloni. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (80 reviews)
Much better than the old photos - fantastic stay!
"Excellent location, well worth paying less to soak up more. We were in apartment 4 with two amazing lake-view windows. I was pleasantly surprised by the decor, condition and cleanliness - it's much more modern than the photos, they really don't do it justice. Only small negative - you only have one ..."

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

Residence L'Ulivo
La Perla by Sedar
La Perla by Sedar
Viale fratelli rosselli 1, Como
Situated in Como, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Volta Temple (Tempio Voltiano), Stadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia, and Caduti Monument. Piazza ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (75 reviews)
"Air conditioning was not working properly. Door locks to enter and exit the room are a bit complex and maybe not necessary??"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2021

La Perla by Sedar
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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