Come to relaxing Lake Como and enjoy its lake views, cafes and sightseeing.

The choice is truly vast: starting from Como and including Menaggio, Blevio, Nesso, Tremezzo and Cernobbio, to mention but a few of the most popular tourist destinations. Thanks to the mild climate in any season or time of year and the plentiful accommodation for all tastes and budgets, organising your holidays on Lake Como will be a breeze!

Our journey starts in Como, the beating heart of the lake. Surrounded by medieval walls, the centre is compact and filled with boutiques and historic buildings erected in different eras. The city has much to offer from an architectural point of view, and how much you manage to see will, of course, depend on the time you have available, although some of the city’s attractions are unmissable. A typical route will start from Porta Torre, the entrance to the old town. Cafés, tobacconists and century-old shops line the streets on your way to Piazza San Fedele, with the eponymous Basilica on the right, in Lombard Romanesque style, and the oldest building in Como, now a book shop, on the left. The route continues along the picturesque narrow streets to the Cathedral of Como, aligned with the Broletto and the Civic Tower. Walking under the arcades you reach Piazza Cavour, where the city opens up to afford a stunning view of the lake and mountains surrounding it. From here you can choose whether to board a ferry and take a romantic boat trip on the lake, stroll along the lakeside to Villa Olmo, or take the funicular up to Brunate.

A small town located on top of the hill overlooking Como, Brunate is impressive by day and even more fascinating at dusk, when the lights come on and the sky takes on the colours of the sunset. On the opposite bank, the other must-see town opposite Brunate is nearby Cernobbio, home to charming villas and a square overlooking the lake, very pretty and easily reached in 10 minutes by car or about forty minutes on foot.

Visitors to Lake Como who have little time available are always faced with a dilemma: west coast or east coast, which is better? Even the experts will say that both are breathtaking and the choice is difficult. If you prefer a walk with an unparalleled panoramic view, our advice is to choose the eastern side from Como to Bellagio, another place famous for its old town and bathing establishments.

The western side is no less attractive but busier, lined with palaces, restaurants and luxury hotels. Past Cernobbio, you’ll come to Moltrasio and, further north, Laglio, a charming and peaceful village which has made the headlines as the residence of George Clooney. Moving on you’ll find Argegno, with its medieval centre, Tremezzo and Menaggio, with the splendid Villa Vigoni, a house-museum surrounded by a beautiful English garden. Don’t waste time: check out our holiday packages to Lake Como and get ready for a brand new, unforgettable adventure!

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Lakes, Cafés and Boating

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Where to stay in Lake Como

Como City Centre
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Como City Centre

Lakes, Monuments, Historical Buildings

Visitors to Como City Centre love its panoramic lake views, and you can check out Cathedral of Como and Piazza Vittoria. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Como Nord Lago Station.

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Top hotels in Lake Como

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Lungo Lario Trieste, 16, Como, CO
£222/night
22 Aug-23 Aug
4.3/5Excellent! (1,234 reviews)

"Fabulous hotel! Large room, excellent bathroom facilities, comfortable bed, ample parking, fantastic breakfast buffet, and the location is ideal! You are mere steps from the lake and minutes from the funicular."…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2019

Palace Hotel
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Hilton Lake Como
Via Borgo Vico 241, Como
£221/night
26 Aug-27 Aug
4.5/5Wonderful! (135 reviews)

"Excellent hotel, position, staff Rooftop pool amazing Terrace restaurant very good, staff helpful"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2019

Hilton Lake Como
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Hotel Britannia Excelsior
3 out of 5
Via Regina 41 - Cadenabbia, Griante, CO
£92/night
1 Sep-2 Sep
3.2/5 (1,009 reviews)

"Old hotel but charming. I wish they had early check in we arrived an hour before time and were not able to check in. Food was ok no complaints there but the lift did break down one evening and was fixed by morning."…"

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2019

Hotel Britannia Excelsior

Popular things to do in Lake Como

Villa del Balbianello
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Villa del Balbianello

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. 

Villa Carlotta
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Villa Carlotta

Nestled on the edge of Lake Como, this 18th-century villa is a paradise for lovers of fine art and fine gardens.

Villa Olmo
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Villa Olmo

Visit this waterfront mansion to appreciate its neoclassical architecture, peruse art exhibitions and enjoy spectacular views of Lake Como from the baroque garden. 

Cathedral of Como
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Cathedral of Como

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.

Como-Brunate Funicular
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Como-Brunate Funicular

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. 

Piazza Cavour
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Piazza Cavour

Uninterrupted views of Lake Como, architecturally impressive landmarks and people watching from café terraces make this one of Como’s most popular squares.  

Top activities in Lake Como

Lake Como & Bellagio Full-Day Tour
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Lake Como & Bellagio Full-Day Tour

£82

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.

Lake Como with Bellagio & Lugano Day Trip
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Lake Como with Bellagio & Lugano Day Trip

£93

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.

Cooking Class on Lake Como
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Cooking Class on Lake Como

£88

A 4 hour cooking course taking place in the charming fishing hamlet of Mandello del Lario near Varenna, a characteristic village on the lakeside at a cooking academy, where our chef will teach you how to make homemade pasta, using seasonal, local fresh ingredients.

Bellagio E-Bike Tour plus tastings and Villa Melzi
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Bellagio E-Bike Tour plus tastings and Villa Melzi

£120

A 3 hour e-bike tour through the old town and its enchanting surroundings plus typical tastings at a characteristic café and complimentary tickets to enter the magnificent gardens of Villa Melzi. There is no better way to see a new country or place than by bicycle.

Como Lake 1Day Individual Excursion With Boat Tour And Lunch
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Como Lake 1Day Individual Excursion With Boat Tour And Lunch

£32

Lake Como, the third largest in Italy is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe. The area has been a popular destination for aristocrats, nobility from all over Europe for centuries. With its charming historical centre, Como sparkles year-round.

Lake Como Sightseeing Tour from Como
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Lake Como Sightseeing Tour from Como

£54

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.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Lake Como

How to spend a weekend in Lake Como, Italy
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How to spend a weekend in Lake Como, Italy

Making the most of a weekend in one of Northern Italy’s most beautiful lakes