LAKE COMO'S TOWNS
you really have to see

The entire perimeter of Lake Como is studded with charming villages and towns. Quiet alleys, stunning views, beaches, enchanting villas… this and much more is what you can expect when visiting Lake Como’s towns.

If you are planning your trip to Italy and want to maximize your stay on Lake Como, here is a list of the most popular towns that every year attract thousands of visitors from all over the world.

Trust a local – me 😀 – and take some time to read the travel guides I have written about the 10 Lake Como’s towns I love the most.

Get ready to live one of the most beautiful experiences ever!

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If you can, visit Lake Como in the off-season!
Lake Como is a true corner of Italian paradise that attracts tourists from all over the world, especially during the high season (late May to late September). My advice is, if you can, to visit Lake Como during the low season (for example, in April or October) to have a more relaxing and authentic travel experience.

Located on the Italian-Swiss border, the city of Como overlooks the southwest end of its lake and is surrounded by green ridge hills, resulting in unparalleled, natural scenery. Como is home to some of the best attractions in all of Lombardy.

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Information for people with walking difficulties

The city is mostly flat and is therefore suitable for people with walking difficulties.

Places to stay & Experiences

Bellagio is a small jewel located on the promontory that separates the two southern branches of Lake Como, those culminating in the cities of Como and Lecco. It is one of the most glamorous and romantic destinations in Lombardy.

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Information for people with walking difficulties

The village is quite accessible, but it should be noted that the most characteristic alleys in the old town are full of steps.

Places to stay & Experiences

Varenna is a picturesque village, located on the eastern shore of Lake Como. Home to elegant villas with botanical gardens, Varenna is an essential stop for anyone wishing to visit one of the most peaceful towns of the lake.

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Main public transportation services

Information for people with walking difficulties

The village is quite accessible, but it should be noted that some of the most characteristic alleys in the old town are full of steps.

Places to stay & Experiences

Tremezzina is located on the western banks of Lake Como, just opposite Bellagio, and is the result of a recent merger of the municipalities of Lenno, Mezzegra, Ossuccio and Tremezzo. It is home to some of the most beautiful villas on Lake Como.

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Main public transportation services

Information for people with walking difficulties

The village is mostly flat and is therefore suitable for people with walking difficulties.

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Menaggio is a beautiful town of ancient origins. The characteristics of Menaggio make this town unique both for those who simply want to relax on its elegant lakefront (one of the longest on Lake Como) and for those who love nature.

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Main attractions

Main public transportation services

Information for people with walking difficulties

The village is mostly flat and is therefore suitable for people with walking difficulties.

Places to stay & Experiences

Literally split in half by its famous gorge, Nesso is a picturesque village sitting on the banks of Lake Como. Nesso is smaller than the nearby Bellagio, but it’s a real heaven for those who seek peace and all the regenerating aspects of slow-living.

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  • Bus lines: C30
  • Ferry: Nesso has two piers, the main one is in the oldest part of the village (Borgovecchio), while the other is in the hamlet of Careno.

Information for people with walking difficulties

The village is characterized by the presence of numerous steps and sloping streets.

Places to stay & Experiences

Located on the tip of the southeastern branch of the lake, Lecco is commonly referred as ‘that branch of Lake Como‘ because of  The Betrothed, the renowned Italian historical novel by Alessandro Manzoni.

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Main attractions

Main public transportation services

Information for people with walking difficulties

The city is mostly flat and is therefore suitable for people with walking difficulties.

Places to stay & Experiences

Argegno is a quaint village that overlooks Lake Como in the area of greatest depth. It is crossed by the Telo stream that divides the historic core of the town into two parts connected by an ancient stone bridge that is its distinguishing feature.

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Main attractions

Main public transportation services

  • Bus lines: C10
  • Ferry: Argegno’s pier is located in Piazza Testi, a few steps away from the central Piazza Roma

Information for people with walking difficulties

The village is quite accessible, but it should be noted that the alleys in the old town are full of steps.

Places to stay & Experiences

Cernobbio is a small city located northwest of Como, nestled between Mount Bisbino and the calm waters of the lake. Home to some of the most famous villas, it is an ideal place to stay away from the crowds that fill the main tourist resorts.

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Main attractions

Main public transportation services

Information for people with walking difficulties

The city is mostly flat and is therefore suitable for people with walking difficulties.

Places to stay & Experiences

Located on the north-western banks of Lake Como, Gravedona ed Uniti is the perfect destination for all who seek peacefulness. While walking in the streets of Gravedona, you can’t help but notice how its buildings and churches evoke the charm of its past.

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Main attractions

Main public transportation services

Information for people with walking difficulties

The village is quite accessible, but it should be noted that some alleys in the old town are full of steps.

Places to stay & Experiences

What is the best town to stay on Lake Como?

Map of the best Lake Como’s towns

If you are planning your trip to Lake Como, I advise you to choose the place to stay depending on the duration of your visit, your needs and the budget you have available. Here are some options.

Multi-day vacation

If you plan to visit Lake Como for 3-4 days and have no walking problems, virtually any town will do. In fact, local public services will enable you to reach all other destinations.

Clearly, the central area of the lake is where most of the tourist attractions are concentrated, and therefore it is the one that tends to be most crowded in high season (this is why I also recommend planning your vacation at different times, such as April or October, when the weather is very good and the area is less crowded).

My advice, therefore, is to first figure out which towns or attractions you do not want to miss and, from there, locate the place that allows you to reach them all most conveniently.

Consider that the towns in the center of the lake are all about 15-30 minutes by boat from each other, while to go from Como to Bellagio, for example, you have to consider about 1 - 2 hours.

One-day trip

If you only want to devote one day to Lake Como, for example because you are coming from Milan, I would choose a town that you can easily reach by train, such as Como, Varenna or Lecco (and their surroundings).

If you plan your travels carefully, you can also visit more than one town in a single day.

For example, you can reach Varenna from Milan and, from there, take the ferry that will take you to Bellagio or Menaggio in 15 minutes. Or you can reach Como from Milan and visit Cernobbio, also a 15-minute boat ride from the city.

Do you prefer flatter towns?

The alleys found in the historic centers of many cities are full of stairs.

Obviously there is the possibility of visiting these cities and their attractions without any particular difficulty, but if you still prefer the flatter cities to make the most of your experience I recommend visiting the larger cities such as Como, Lecco, and Menaggio.

Take some time to read my guides on the Lake Como’s towns that I love the most, and start planning your trip!

Experiences & tours

Make your trip a unique experience!​

Como, Bellagio & 1 hour boat tour from Milan
Venetian Limousine
2 hour boat tour with
Venetian Limousine
Cooking class in Bellagio
Cooking class experience
in Bellagio
Venetian Limousine
4 hour boat tour with stop
at a location of your choice
Villa Monastero, Varenna
5 hour boat tour with visit to three villas
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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Marie Lavergne

    I will be visiting Lake Como during April or May 2023, would like to receive information. Probably will stay 3 days/2 nights. Would love to hear suggestions.

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Good morning Marie! Lake Como has a lot to offer depending on what you like: historic villas to visit, boat tours, hiking, water sports, etc. Unfortunately, I do not currently offer tailor-made consultations (although it is a service I am working on), but I invite you to explore this website and possibly contact me via email for more specific information.

  2. pat

    What is the hike along water & sometimes in the hills on Lake Como but opposite of Bellagio.
    There is an olive oil plant in a small town-Do you know.

    Thanks

  3. Karen

    Ciao Alessandro!!
    I will be in Como the week of November 13th. The ferry schedule only goes to the 5th of November. Do you know how late the ferry runs in off season? Thanks!!

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Hi Karen, generally the boats do not operate beyond sunset for safety reasons.

  4. stellarhomes

    What a fabulous manual for the best towns around Lake Como! Your depictions and proposals are right on target. I as of late visited Varenna, and it was genuinely an unlikely treasure. The beguiling roads, lakeside promenade, and the Estate Monastero cultivates left me in amazement. Subsequent to understanding this, I can hardly hold on to investigate Bellagio and Menaggio sometime later.

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Thanks 🙂 You will not be disappointed!

  5. Mark

    Hi, you done wonderful job. I considering your suggestion train from Milan to Varenna-Esino and ferry to Bellagio. from Bellagio to Como and Milan by train. Do you have any info about Varenna ferry\tickets on line. Appreciated your advice. Mark

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Hello Mark and thank you very much! You can find all the information about Lake Como ferry service here. If there is anything else I can help you with, write to me from the contact page!

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