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Lake Como

Italy
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"When you look at the sky over Lake Como, it’s clear that God exists."
- Robin Williams

While today it might be best known as a summer retreat for Hollywood film stars like George Clooney, Lake Como has been famous since the age of the Roman Empire. In fact the seminal historians Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger were natives of Como. The lake gained international acclaim between the 18th and the 19th centuries, first with the triumph of the so-called “villa civilization,” and then with the development of the tourist elite and international celebrities. As a result, Lake Como became an obligatory stop for travelers and writers visiting Italy. The long list of those who have written about the lake include Bourget, De Musset, Longfellow, Stendhal, and Flaubert.

Today, Lake Como offers a unique combination of a beautiful natural setting with historic and cultural attractions alongside shopping and spa opportunities. And all of this is concentrated into a relatively small area, making Lake Como easy to explore at your leisure, particularly by boat. Most of the attractions and hotels are located on the coast between Como, Tremezzo, and Bellagio, and you can choose from splashy luxury to more modest hotels.

Where to stay in Lake Como

We’ve handpicked some of the most comfortable accommodations on Lake Como to offer you the ideal base for exploring the area. The hotels and villas are clustered in four areas. In Como you can find several 3 and 4-star options. An interesting historic area, Como is the most understated town on the lake, but it’s also the easiest to access from Milan. It’s a great choice if you only have a couple of days to spend here. 

Cernobbio and Moltrasio offer a few nice 4-star villa hotels with very pleasant spas. The area is easy to reach from Como by private transfer or public transportation. The ferry stops near several of the hotels. Another laid-back option is Lenno, making it a great base for exploring the lake while not being overrun with tourists.

About two hours by car from Malpensa, Tremezzo offers the ideal Lake Como atmosphere. While it’s the farthest town from Como, it has excellent accommodation and makes it very easy to explore lakeside locations by boat. 

Bellagio is one of the most famous towns on the lake. It’s quite complicated to reach, which only adds to its exclusivity. There are very pleasant accommodation options here. We recommend staying in Bellagio only if you are enjoying an extended stay on Lake Como. The town itself can get very busy indeed with day trippers. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.

Classic Luxury
A truly opulent hotel with beautiful views overlooking Lake Como. One of most elegant options in the area.
Historic Villa
Elegant accommodation in a 19th century villa set on the western shores of Lake Como.
Modern 3-style hotel
The best 3-star option in Como. Great location and really nice, modern and clean rooms!

Things to do in Lake Como

There’s more than enough to keep you entertained on Lake Como, whether you’re looking to rub elbows with the stars, explore history, or just enjoy some relaxation. The town of Como is a great place to start, with its charming historic center. We recommend taking the funicular up the hill to Brunate, a quaint village with extraordinary views over the lake. And, since silk making is one of the most traditional trades on Lake Como, the Educational Silk Museum is definitely worth a visit. 

Lake Como is known for its splendid villas, which are owned by prominent local families and international stars. You’ll recognize some of the buildings and the scenery from films like Ocean’s Twelve. You can take ferries (or rent a private boat) to explore these beautiful examples of architecture all along the lake. And if you are exploring the lake, you’ll want to stop at Isola Comacina, the lake's sole island. Here you can visit the Basilica of St. Eufemia, or enjoy a true Italian espresso at the island restaurant. We especially recommend a visit on the day of the Saint John Festival on June 24th. There are fireworks over Lake Como and Mass is celebrated in St. Eufemia's ruins.

It’s hard to narrow Lake Como's must-see sights to a short list. All around the lake are villages that are worth visiting. Cernobbio is glamorous and aristocratic. Torno has some beautiful churches. Argegno is the place where the mountains meet the lake. There are great restaurants and gelaterias here. Tremezzo boasts the beautiful Villa Carlotta, which has a wonderful botanical garden and art collection. 

We definitely recommend a stop in Lenno, where you can visit the spectacular Villa del Balbianello. It’s located on the tip of a small wooded peninsula on the western shore of the south-west branch of Lake Como. Built for the Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini in 1787 on the site of a Franciscan monastery, the villa is famous for its elaborate terraced gardens.

If you like UNESCO World Heritage Sites (and who doesn’t?) you’re in luck, because Ossuccio has the Sacro Monte di Ossuccio, a religious sanctuary perched high atop a cliff. There are fourteen chapels here, built in baroque style between 1635 and 1710. At the summit is a sanctuary from 1532. It’s impressive, to say the least, and will add another dimension to your holiday on Lake Como. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to include in your vacation package or consider for adding later.

Best of Como Lakeside Private Driving Tour (from Como Town)
Lugano, Switzerland Private Shopping Tour (from Como town)
Lake Maggiore Private Day Trip (from Como Town)
St. Moritz and Bernina Scenic Alpine Train Ride Private Tour (from Como Town)

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Lake Como

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Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Lake Como vacation packages
Based on 4 reviews

John Dzuris

Massachusetts

They make things easy in planning a trip. You can plan anything from a basic vacation to a luxury trip. JayWay Travel is there to make the trip the way you want and to ensure you enjoy it.

They make things easy in planning a trip. You can plan anything from a basic vacation to a luxury trip. JayWay Travel is there to make the trip the way you want and to ensure you enjoy it.

Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Milan, Lake Como, Venice
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Milan, Lake Como, Venice
Rating :
5 / 5

Donna & Robert

New York

JayWay Travel is always easy to deal with and get back to us immediately. When we need more options, they always seem to have them. We have done 2 trips with JayWay Travel and plan to do more

JayWay Travel is always easy to deal with and get back to us immediately. When we need more options, they always seem to have them. We have done 2 trips with JayWay Travel and plan to do more

Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Lake Como, Lucca, Monterosso Al Mare, Bologna, Venice, Milan
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Lake Como, Lucca, Monterosso Al Mare, Bologna, Venice, Milan
Rating :
5 / 5

Holly, Andy, Jacqueline & Anthony

New York

The best Travel Agency. They are a well oiled team of professionals. You will always feel like they are with you during the duration of your trip. Accessible at all times prior to as well as during your trip.

The best Travel Agency. They are a well oiled team of professionals. You will always feel like they are with you during the duration of your trip. Accessible at all times prior to as well as during your trip.

Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Milan, Lake Como, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Castellina in Chianti, Pisa, Monterosso Al Mare
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Milan, Lake Como, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Castellina in Chianti, Pisa, Monterosso Al Mare
Rating :
5 / 5
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