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Como

ComoA fascinating town that will win your heart

With its charming historic centre, Como sparkles year-round. Within its remaining 12th-century city walls, the beautiful people of this prosperous city whisk about from shop to cafe, sweeping by the grandeur of the city’s cathedral, villas and the loveliness of its lakeshore with admirable insouciance.

Como built its wealth on the silk industry and it remains Europe’s most important producer of silk products.

Getting Around

Getting AroundCharming villages on the Lake

Bellagio is situated at the tip of the peninsula separating the lake's two southern arms, with the Alps visible across the lake to the north. The tourist centre occupies the extreme part of the promontory, while the numerous districts are disseminated both along the lake shores and upon the slopes of the hills.
Tremezzo is a beautiful little town, right across from Bellagio. The main attraction is  magnificent Villa Carlotta with its splendid botanical gardens and a remarkable waterfront.
Menaggio is an attractive town and not as touristy as Bellagio and Varenna opposite. It has a nice pedestrian only area with shops, ice-cream shops and restaurants. Also has a lake-front mini golf with a snack bar.
Varenna is a picturesque village on the eastern shore of Lake Como. The main tourist attractions are the gardens of two villas, Villa Monastero and Villa Cipressi.

Boat Excursion

Boat ExcursionEnjoy view of the picturesque villages

The mountainous terrain means that opportunities for taking bird’s-eye views of the lake and its towns are numerous. Much of the area has a wild feel, especially with its extravagantly luxuriant greenery. For that reason alone, the lake and its surrounding area offer the travelers the chance to enjoy a real sense of discovery.
A boat excursion will enable guests to enjoy view of the picturesque villages and charming villas scattered along the shores of Lake Como, whose beauty has inspired both poets and composers such as Vincenzo Bellini. A stop-over in Bellagio or Isola Comacina is warmly recommended.

Lake Como Tour

Lake Como TourVillas & Gardens

Built for the Milanese Marquis Giorgio Clerici in 1690, Villa Carlotta is located in Tremezzo, facing the Bellagio peninsula and is well-known for its precious art-collection as well as for its Italian garden with steps, fountains and sculptures.
Villa Balbianello is a villa in the comune of Lenno. Built in 1787 is globally known, not only for its beauty but also as a location movie for shooting such as A Month by the Lake (1995) and Casino Royale (2006). The villa was also used for the lake retreat scenes in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (2002).
Other remarkable Villas are Villa Olmo in Como downtown, a neoclassical building dating back to the end of 1700 and Villa Monastero in Varenna, an ancient convent and a patrician residency with a garden rich of exotic plants, statues, little temples and balustrades.

Itineraries by foot

Itineraries by footBreak out your hiking boots

On Lake Como, one suggested strolling route of 10 km between Cadenabbia and Colonno. The walking is easy and it takes you through Tremezzo (with Villa Carlotta), Lenno (Villa Balbianello), Ossuccio (look out for the bizarre bell tower) and Sala Comacina (from where you can get a boat to Isola Comacina). In Lake Como’s Triangolo Lariano, there are more challenging walking options that require some fitness and preparation. They include the two-day Dorsale hike, which takes you across the mountainous centre from Brunate, outside Como, to beautiful Bellagio. There’s a mule-trail option or you can follow the mountain crests. Club Alpino Italiano trails are staked out in a web across northern Italy. You could search out little known Romanesque churches like the Abbazia di San Pietro al Monte, at the southeast end of Lake Como, or perhaps drive up to Monte Bisbino (p119) and embark on some high-level walks from there. One of the best walks in this area is the Via dei Monti Lariani, a 130 km trail from Cernobbio in the south to Sorico in the north.