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Funicular Como-Brunate

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. 

The Funicular Como-Brunate is an historic funicular railway that connects the lakeside town of Como with the pretty alpine village of Brunate. Admire sweeping views of Lake Como and rugged hills as you climb, and then traverse the countryside surrounding Brunate. 

The funicular opened in 1894 and is both a popular tourist attraction and a means of transport for local residents. 

Step on board one of the funicular’s modern air-conditioned cars and enjoy the 10-minute uphill ride. The journey takes you through a short tunnel and some densely forested areas. Once at the top, go to the public viewing gallery to see the haulage machinery that has just transported you to Brunate.

Wander through the streets of the hilltop town to find good vantage points from which to take in panoramic views over Como’s city center and Lake Como. Spot important city landmarks such as the Cathedral of Como, Piazza Cavour and Villa Olmo. On a clear and sunny day you can see the distant Italian Alps. Peek inside the local shops and have lunch in one of the traditional Italian trattorias.  

Look for the signposts that lead toward Faro Voltiano, a 95-feet (29-meter) tall lighthouse. The walk to the building is about a 2-hour round trip. Climb the lighthouse’s 143-step spiral staircase for more sweeping views of the lake, hills and countryside. Another trail passes through wooded areas to the 15th-century Franciscan convent Eremo di San Donate. Alternatively, hike over the hills to Torno and then catch a boat back to Como. 

The lower station of the Funicular Como-Brunate is a 10-minute walk from Piazza Cavour, in Como’s city center. Parking is available outside the funicular’s station, although spaces are limited. If you are feeling energetic then you might want to take the funicular up to Brunate and then return to Como on foot. 

You can ride the funicular on any day of the week, with cars departing several times during the day. Find operating times, tariffs and lighthouse hours on the funicular’s official website.


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Hilton Lake Como £162
Hilton Lake Como

Hilton Lake Como

Via Borgo Vico 241, Como
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Como hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Villa Saporiti, Villa Olmo and Piazza Cavour. Como Cathedral and Como-Brunate Funicular are also within 2 miles (3 km). Como San Giovanni Station is 16 minutes by foot and Como Nord Lago Station is 23 minutes.

    Palace Hotel £152
    Palace Hotel

    Palace Hotel

    Lungo Lario Trieste, 16, Como, CO
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Como City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza Cavour and Como Cathedral. Como-Brunate Funicular and Villa Olmo are also within 1 mile (2 km). Como Nord Lago Station is only a 3-minute walk and Como San Giovanni Station is 12 minutes.

      Maison Peltrera - Flying Over Como
      Maison Peltrera - Flying Over Como

      Maison Peltrera - Flying Over Como

      salita peltrera, 22, Como, Lombardy
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Como, this historic holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Como-Brunate Funicular and Piazza Cavour. Como Cathedral and Villa Olmo are also within 2 miles (3 km). Como Nord Lago Station is 7 minutes by foot and Como San Giovanni Station is 20 minutes.

        Nido in Città
        Nido in Città

        Nido in Città

        1 Via Antonio Stoppani, Como
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Como, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Como-Brunate Funicular and Piazza Cavour. Como Cathedral and Villa Olmo are also within 2 miles (3 km). Como Nord Lago Station is 5 minutes by foot and Como San Giovanni Station is 18 minutes.

          Nest in the City - Near by the Lakeshore
          Nest in the City - Near by the Lakeshore

          Nest in the City - Near by the Lakeshore

          Via Antonio Stoppani, 1, Como, Lombardy
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Como, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Como-Brunate Funicular and Piazza Cavour. Como Cathedral and Villa Olmo are also within 2 miles (3 km). Como Nord Lago Station is 5 minutes by foot and Como San Giovanni Station is 18 minutes.

            Albergo Terminus Hotel £157
            Albergo Terminus Hotel

            Albergo Terminus Hotel

            Lungo Lario Trieste 14, Como, CO
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Como City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Cavour, Como Cathedral, and Como-Brunate Funicular. Villa Olmo is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away. Como Nord Lago Station is only a 3-minute walk and Como San Giovanni Station is 13 minutes.

              Hotel Marco's
              Hotel Marco's

              Hotel Marco's

              Via Coloniola 43, Como, CO
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Como, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Como-Brunate Funicular, Piazza Cavour and Como Cathedral. Villa Olmo is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away. Como Nord Lago Station is 5 minutes by foot and Como San Giovanni Station is 17 minutes.

                In Riva al Lago £47
                In Riva al Lago

                In Riva al Lago

                Via Benedetto e Antonio Maria Crespi 4, Como, CO
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the historical district, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Como-Brunate Funicular and Piazza Cavour. Como Cathedral and Villa Olmo are also within 2 miles (3 km). Como Nord Lago Station is only a 2-minute walk and Como San Giovanni Station is 15 minutes.