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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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.
Nestled on the edge of Lake Como, this 18th-century villa is a paradise for lovers of fine art and fine gardens.
Visit this waterfront mansion to appreciate its neoclassical architecture, peruse art exhibitions and enjoy spectacular views of Lake Como from the baroque garden.
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.
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.
Uninterrupted views of Lake Como, architecturally impressive landmarks and people watching from café terraces make this one of Como’s most popular squares.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.