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Lake ComoItaly

A holiday on Lake Como is an unmissable experience, even only for a weekend and regardless of the towns you decide to visit. 

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!

Top hotels in Lake Como

Hilton Lake Como
Hilton Lake Como
4 out of 5
Via Borgo Vico 241, Como
The price is £163 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (260 reviews)

"Great stay, perfect hotel, friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2020

Hilton Lake Como
Hotel Villa Flori
Hotel Villa Flori
4 out of 5
Via Cernobbio, 12, Como, CO
The price is £149 per night from 4 Nov to 5 Nov

Situated on a lake, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Villa Bernasconi and Villa Olmo. Piazza Cavour and Como Cathedral are also within 2 miles ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (701 reviews)
lovely property - amazing views. Some issues...

"Generally good stay. Fantastic property with exception views of the lake. Award for most expensive in room tea ever goes to this hotel. Unlike every other hotel I’ve stayed at you would think that this being 4 star hotel that the room would have tea and coffee included but it’s not. 20 euro for 2 ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2020

Hotel Villa Flori
Grand Hotel Imperiale & Resort
Grand Hotel Imperiale & Resort
4 out of 5
Via Regina 24 - 26, Moltrasio, CO

Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Villa Erba and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Villa Bernasconi. Piazza San Rocco and Villa Olmo are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (768 reviews)

"We loved our stay here! Service and food were top-notch. Proximity to lake ferry and great hiking were a bonus. Loved the spa. If you’re looking for hustle and bustle near the hotel, this is not for you. Highly recommend if you want a quiet, relaxing stay. Cernobbio is just a hike, bus trip or short ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2019

Grand Hotel Imperiale & Resort
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Lake Como

Residence Diaz
Residence Diaz
Via Diaz, 86, Como, CO
The price is £86 per night from 5 Nov to 6 Nov

Located in Como City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Civic Art Gallery (Pinacoteca Civica) and Como Cathedral. Piazza Cavour and Como-Brunate ...

4/5Very Good! (148 reviews)

"The location is great but a little difficult if you are coming by car. You need to leave your luggage in the room and then go park your car in the autosilo which is 5 minute walk away.. Not bad but it requires a little more effort."…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2019

Residence Diaz
Diamond Apartments
Diamond Apartments
Via Roma 15, Bellagio

Situated in Bellagio, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of San Giacomo Basilica and Bellagio Port. Villa Carlotta is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"It was right in the middle of everything. Very clean and lovely staff at reception."…"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2019

Diamond Apartments
La Perla by Sedar
La Perla by Sedar
Viale fratelli rosselli 1, Como
The price is £69 per night from 8 Nov to 9 Nov

Situated in Como, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Volta Temple (Tempio Voltiano), Piazza Cavour and Como Cathedral. Como-Brunate Funicular ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (60 reviews)

"A very modern, and beautiful Como residence with all of the amenities you need! And wonderfully helpful staffing."…"

Reviewed on 3 Feb 2020

La Perla by Sedar
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.

Popular places to visit in Lake Como

Top things to do in Lake Como

Cities near Lake Como

Cernobbio featuring street scenes, a square or plaza and a small town or village

Cernobbio

Menaggio which includes general coastal views and a coastal town

Menaggio

Photo by Graciela Arena

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