Lake Como

Cernobbio, the beauty of villas and nature

Sitting at the feet of Monte Bisbino, Cernobbio is a small town located northwest of Como. It is a popular holiday resort because of its proximity to the city of Como, 10 minutes away by car, and other popular lake towns such as Argegno and Tremezzina, all reachable by bus, in respectively 20 and 35 minutes.

There is also a nice 6.5 km (4 miles) walk that connects Como to Cernobbio, and gives you the chance to move between the two cities by bike or by foot with your whole family.

Cernobbio is also home to some of the most famous Lake Como villas, including the awesome Villa d’Este and Villa Erba. You can reach all these villas with a nice walk through the picturesque town of Cernobbio.

Enjoy your trip and find out the best things to do in Cernobbio during your holidays!

Cernobbio, Italy | Tip of Riva di Cernobbio

Discover Cernobbio

A few tips for your stay in Cernobbio
Villa Erba, Cernobbio
Villa Bernasconi & Villa Erba

Amazing locations for events

Cernobbio lakefront, Lake Como
Riva di Cernobbio

Lake promenade and cozy cafes

Villa d'Este, Cernobbio
Villa d'Este

Awesome 5 star luxury hotel

Rifugio Morelli
Via dei Monti Lariani

A long hill walk to the North of Lake Como

Boat tours around Lake Como
Boat tours & Beaches

Sit back, relax and enjoy the view!

Map of Cernobbio

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VILLA BERNASCONI & VILLA ERBA | Amazing locations for events

Villa Bernasconi

The history of Cernobbio dates back to the 12th century, when a small village started to arise next to a Christian cloister called Caenobium. Later, the introduction of a silk farm (owned by the rich Bernasconi family) was the reason of a major growth of the town.

When you get to Cernobbio from Como, you will come across Villa Bernasconi, the villa that was once the residence of the wealthy Bernasconi family.

Over time, the villa has become an important cultural center and one of the most sought after Lake Como wedding venues because of its typical Liberty style and its wide garden, which makes it the perfect place to hold an elegant party.

Villa Bernasconi is open to the public from Monday to Friday from 2pm to 6pm and during the weekend from 10am to 6pm.

Villa Bernasconi, Cernobbio
Villa Bernasconi

Villa Erba

100 meters ahead, 3 minutes walk, Villa Erba is where the famous director and screenwriter Luchino Visconti spent many of his summers.

Villa Erba is a true masterpiece of 1800’s architecture, full of breathtaking frescos, rooms with inlaid walls, and majestic dancing halls that will let you live the atmospheres of The Leopard (Il Gattopardo).

Today, the villa still hosts many cultural and music events, in addition to weddings and international conferences or fairs. When no event is scheduled, visits are by appointment only and for groups of 10-15 people (entry is free unless you need a guided tour).

Villa Erba, Cernobbio
Villa Erba

You can visit Villa Erba when it hosts public events (fairs, concerts, etc.) or during specific days of the year. Click here, jump to the “Scheduled events” and find out your favourite event! Instead, if you just want to relax in its gardens, check the opening hours here.

Notice that, if you are part of a group of at least 18 people, you can book a guided tour (contact for more information).

RIVA DI CERNOBBIO | Lake promenade and cozy cafes

From Piazza Risorgimento you will be on the lake promenade of Cernobbio. Here, both locals and residents enjoy taking an awe-inspiring view of Lake Como.

This part of the town is locally known as Riva di Cernobbio and hosts many bars, restaurants, and even a playground for children.

If you are a music lover, you will love the many events and concerts that take place on the Riva during summer.

Additionally, do not miss the chance to take a boat ride from the pier of Navigazione Lago di Como to other destinations of your interest, such as Como, Argegno, or Bellagio.

VILLA D’ESTE | Awesome 5 star luxury hotel

View of Villa d'Este from Lake Como
View of Villa d'Este from Lake Como
Villa d'Este, Cernobbio
Villa d'Este

After a short walk across the narrow streets of Cernobbio, 10 minutes walk from Riva di Cernobbio, you can reach the magnificent Villa d’Este, a Renaissance residence located on the shores of Lake Como.

Villa d’Este has always been a resort for politicians, intellectuals, and ecclesiastics; today the villa is a luxury hotel with room rates averaging €540 a night and hosts important international conferences (like Concorso d’Eleganza, or the Ambrosetti Forum), in addition to wealthy visitors and tourists.

Villa d'Este, Cernobbio
Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este

5 best places to sleep in Cernobbio

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Hotel Asnigo, Cernobbio

Hotel Asnigo

For couples

La Corte di Cernobbio, Cernobbio

La Corte di Cernobbio

For couples and families

Hotel Centrale, Cernobbio

Hotel Centrale

For couples and families

Hotel Miralago, Cernobbio

Hotel Miralago

For couples and families

Il Nido, Cernobbio

Il Nido

For couples

VIA DEI MONTI LARIANI | A long hill walk to the North of Lake Como

Those who prefer doing some hill walking can go for the long-distance footpath called Via dei Monti Lariani.

This natural path starts in Cernobbio, at the feet of Monte Bisbino, and ends 125 km later in Sorico.

The natural path is divided into four steps and gives you the chance to spend the night within the refuges or hotels located along the path.

The best experiences around Cernobbio

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BOAT TOURS & BEACHES | Sit back, relax and enjoy the view!

Take a boat tour to enjoy Lake Como from a unique point of view! You can choose between public or private tours, depending on your needs and the budget you have available.

Public boat service is perfect if you are on a day trip and want to start your journey from Como, Varenna or other towns of the lake. 

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If you are in Cernobbio and want to relax on a beach, you can go to the Lido di Cernobbio, which is equipped with bar, wifi and gazebos.

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