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

Palace Hotel
Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Lungo Lario Trieste, 16, Como, CO, 22100
The price is $148 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2
$148
per night
Jan 1 - Jan 2
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! (996 reviews)
Perfecto!!
"AMAZING! We’re just upset it wasn’t longer. Amazing breakfast, staff, location, rooms & view… just incredible. Huge rain shower & gorgeous room. Best location ever for a hotel in Como proper."

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2022

Palace Hotel
Hotel Villa Flori
Hotel Villa Flori
4 out of 5
Via Cernobbio, 12, Como, CO, 22100
The price is $153 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 16
$153
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! (824 reviews)
Incredible Place
"Just the most incredible place. The pics don’t do it justice. Would definitely pay extra for a lake view because it really is magical. I never write reviews but on this occasion, it was so good that I felt compelled to do so."

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2022

Hotel Villa Flori
Hilton Lake Como
Hilton Lake Como
4 out of 5
Via Borgo Vico 241, Como, 22100
The price is $184 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6
$184
per night
Dec 5 - Dec 6
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! (451 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
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.
Residence Diaz
Residence Diaz
Via Diaz, 86, Como, CO, 22100
Stay at this aparthotel in Como. Enjoy free WiFi, an airport shuttle, and a terrace. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (166 reviews)
"The place was nice and cozy. It was close by the lake and in the heart of the town so was easy to get around. The only problem I had was the wifi connection. It was really poor and would disconnect every few second."

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

Residence Diaz
Residence L'Ulivo
Residence L'Ulivo
4 out of 5
Via E Vitali 24, Bellagio, CO, 22021
Stay at this 4-star beach residence in Bellagio. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the family ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (109 reviews)
"Amazing location and value for money"

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2022

Residence L'Ulivo
Casa Al Prato Apt. G
Casa Al Prato Apt. G
Piazza del Prato 18, Varenna, 23829
Stay at this apartment in Varenna. Enjoy internet, a balcony, and a TV. Popular attractions San Giovanni Battista Church and Royal Victoria are located nearby. ...
Casa Al Prato Apt. G
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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