Lake Como

Travel Guide
Como showing street scenes and a city as well as a large group of people

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!

Hotel Villa Flori
Hotel Villa Flori
4 out of 5
Via Cernobbio, 12, Como, CO
The price is £121 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan
Situated near the airport, this romantic hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Villa Bernasconi, Villa Olmo, and Piazza Cavour. Como-Brunate Funicular is 2.1 mi (3.4 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (752 reviews)
"The restaurant in the hotel is superb Staffs are very friendly Hotel itself is very classy & located in convenient spot close to lake como city center Also only 15 minutes drive to cross the boarder into Switzerland 🇨🇭"

Reviewed on 2 Jan 2022

Hotel Villa Flori
Grand Hotel Cadenabbia
Grand Hotel Cadenabbia
4 out of 5
Via Regina 1, Cadenabbia, Griante, CO
Situated in Griante, this golf hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Villa Carlotta and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Villa del Balbianello. Cadenabbia Ferry Terminal and Bellagio ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (296 reviews)
"Excellent location and anemeties"

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2021

Grand Hotel Cadenabbia
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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (794 reviews)
"Elegant and comfortable location, with a SPA that adds value to the property, with a nice and reliable team. Highly recomandable. The venue is fantastic, the village is a must to visit"

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2021

Grand Hotel Imperiale & Resort
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Lakeside cottage with private garden and pier.
Lakeside cottage with private garden and pier.
SS583, Onno, Oliveto Lario, Lombardy
Situated on the beach, this romantic cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Branch of Lecco and within 3 miles (5 km) of Mandello del Lario Ferry Terminal and Lido ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (11 reviews)
A high-quality getaway
"Fabio was extremely discrete and helpful to us during our stay. He made life easy with a detailed "instruction manual" that explained everything we needed to know to about the house, from check-in to check-out. The location is fantastic and the private parking spot is super handy. We spent many evenings ..."

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2020

Lakeside cottage with private garden and pier.
Casa Al Prato Apt. G
Casa Al Prato Apt. G
Piazza del Prato 18, Varenna
Situated in Varenna, this apartment building is steps away from San Giovanni Battista Church, Royal Victoria and Civic Museum of Ornithology and Natural Sciences. ...
Casa Al Prato Apt. G
Casa Camelia Varenna
Casa Camelia Varenna
Strada Scoscesa, 8, Varenna, Lombardy
Located in the heart of Varenna, this apartment building is steps away from San Giovanni Battista Church, Civic Museum of Ornithology and Natural Sciences and ...
Casa Camelia Varenna
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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