Lake Como

A guide to the best things to do in Como, Italy

Located on the Italian-Swiss border, the city of Como in Italy overlooks the southwest end of its lake and is surrounded by green ridge hills, resulting in unparalleled, natural scenery.

Como City, Italy, Lake Como
Como by night

The cool thing about Como is that you can really see and do a lot of things, whether you are visiting Lake Como for a day or staying longer.

Ready to start? Here are the attractions that you must see during your visit to Como and the best experiences that you can get!

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The town center
Delightful streets full of shops, churches & more
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A walk along the lakefront
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A quick trip to Brunate
Get on the cable car and see the lighthouse
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Sit back, relax and enjoy the view!
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Delightful streets full of shops, churches and more

Outside the medieval walls

Como, Italy: Piazza Vittoria
Piazza Vittoria

Your trip in Como can start from Piazza Vittoria, home of the monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi (the famous Italian general who liberated the city from the Austrians in 1859).

Here, along the medieval walls that enclose the Como town center, one of the most typical things to see is the the outdoor market, where you can find vintage clothing and handcrafts.

Como, Italy: Porta Torre
Porta Torre

The outdoor market – open on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 8 am to 1 pm, and on Saturdays from 8 am to 6 pm – is located next to Porta Torre, the main entrance of the old town.

San Fedele, Como Cathedral and the main squares

After entering the town center, you will notice the incredible amount of cafés and shops that will make your holiday unforgettable. If you love fashion, you’ll be happy to know that Como has plenty of clothing stores for all budgets

Walk towards Piazza San Fedele and lose yourself in the delightful little streets of the town center, where you can sip a coffee together with the locals. 

Piazza San Fedele, originally a wheat market, is one of the main squares of Como and hosts a beautiful Romanesque church which dates back to 1120: the Basilica of San Fedele. If you happen to pass through this little square on Saturdays, you will have the chance to come across numerous stalls, where you can find some antiques and handcrafted items.

Como Cathedral, Italy
Como Cathedral

Your stroll through Como should continue toward Piazza del Duomo, which hosts the Cathedral. Visiting the Como Cathedral (Duomo di Como) is definitely one of the best things to do in Como, since the church is characterized by a set of styles ranging from Romanesque to Gothic.

Como, Italy: Piazza Duomo
Piazza Duomo

Right in between the cathedral and its bell tower you will find the Broletto (the old town hall), that once hosted public assemblies.

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Life Electric

Life Electric, Como
Life Electric (picture:

As you walk along the lakefront you will see Life Electric, the newly installed monument by archistar Daniel Libeskind.

The avant-garde work is located at the bottom of a small artificial dam (called Diga Foranea) and is a homage to the voltaic pile invented by Alessandro Volta.

Follow the Volta tour and discover the attractions dedicated to the great scientist all around Como city!

Volta Museum & War memorial

Como, Italy: Volta museum
Volta Museum (or Tempio Voltiano)

Talking of Alessandro Volta, don’t miss the nearby Volta museum, which collects evidence of his work and even the first version of the electric battery.

Take some time to relax in the garden between the Volta museum and the War Memorial (Monumento ai Caduti), a beautiful example of Rationalist architecture (read more about Rationalism in the city of Como).

Villa Olmo

Como, Italy: Villa Olmo
Villa Olmo, Como

If you love historic villas, take a walk along the romantic Passeggiata Villa Olmo and reach the imposing Villa Olmo, a neoclassical building which dates back to the 1780s.

Villa Olmo is currently a prestigious location for conferences, events, and art exhibitions.

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Get on the cable car and see the lighthouse

Como Brunate cable car
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Como Brunate cable car
View of Como and its lake from Brunate

Want to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city of Como? Visit Brunate, a town that overlooks Como from the top of a hill 715 meters (about 782 yards) high.

The Como-Brunate cable car – which runs from Viale Geno, very close to the Como Nord Lago train station – will take you to Brunate in a few minutes (see timetables and fares). 

Once there, you can walk for approximately 35 minutes and reach the Volta Lighthouse (Faro Voltiano), a beautiful lighthouse that alternately emits green, white, and red lights (the Italian flag colors).

Sit back, relax and enjoy the view!

Private and public tours

If you are looking for private boat tours from Como, here are some options that may be right for you!

Looking for information about public boat service? Read my guide to boats and ferries on Lake Como.
Public boat service is perfect if you are on a day trip and want to reach other towns such as ArgegnoBellagioTremezzina or other towns of the lake.

Beaches in Como

If you want to relax on a beach, you can go to Lido Villa Olmo, a beach with two swimming pools and a bar that offers a beautiful view of Lake Como and the opposite coast.

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about Como, Italy

Is Como worth visiting?

Como city is more than worth a visit! It is the ideal starting point for day trips (towards Milan or other popular Lake Como’s towns) and is full of activities and attractions for all tastesmuseumshiking trails, beautiful churches (such as the popular Como Cathedral) and much more. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars where you can taste the authentic Italian cuisine.

How far is Como from Milan?

Como is approximately 50 km (30 miles) from Milan.

The two cities are very well connected through an efficient railway service. Going from Milan to Como (and viceversa) by train takes about 1 hour, and the ticket price is €4.80. 

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