LAKE COMO IN WINTER: useful tips for your visit

lake como in winter

When looking for information about Lake Como, you have surely come across blogs and websites that show the beauty of the lake and its towns in a wonderful summer atmosphere.

But what about Lake Como in winter? Is it worth a visit? The weather between December and February allows you to live pleasant experiences?

Here I’ll show you why visiting Lake Como in winter can be a great idea. Find out more!

Lake Como in winter
An enchanting view of Lake Como in winter (picture: James Cabigon)
Bellagio in the winter
Bellagio in the winter (picture:

More locals, fewer tourists! Discover Lake Como in winter

⇒ Jump to Ski resorts or Spa hotels

Lake Como is beautiful in any season, yet it is undeniable that during the winter its towns are far less crowded of tourists.

You’ll be able to visit the small town centers and share this experience with locals, ending your day with a dinner in your favorite restaurant without waiting a minute for a free place. The ideal setting for an inspiring and romantic gateway.

Bellagio in the winter
Bellagio in the winter (picture:

Also, consider that from October through March (except for Christmas time) is low season in Lake Como. That means lower prices and more savings for you. So why not take advantage of it? Look out for your favourite place to sleep on Lake Como and book your winter holidays!

What to do on Lake Como in winter

Visiting Lake Como in winter gives you the chance to experience the area in a quite different way. Unless you are crazy enough to swim in the cool waters of the lake – just kidding, don’t do it at all! – I would suggest you to discover some of the best winter activities that Lake Como can offer.

CITTÀ DEI BALOCCHI | Breathtaking light effects in the city of Como

Città dei Balocchi is probably the best that you can get. From the beginning of December to January 6, the city of Como and its main attractions are dressed up with breathtaking light effects: you will see snowflakes falling on the Cathedral’s walls and on the surrounding buildings, giving birth to an exciting Christmas atmosphere.

Lake Como in winter: Città dei Balocchi
Città dei Balocchi, Como (picture:

During the holidays, Como and the other Lake Como’s towns are also filled with fairs and stalls that will give you the opportunity to taste local delicacies, such as typical cheese and cold cuts. If you have the chance, try the risotto with luganega sausage!

SKI RESORTS | For those who want to ski in a unique environment

Are you a sports person? If so, below are the most popular ski resorts where you can spend an entire day with your family or friends

Piani di Bobbio

Ski resort in Valsassina, Lake Como

Easily reachable from: the eastern side of Lake Como (such as Varenna or Lecco) and Milan

Day skipass: €27 (adults), €16 (children)


Monte Sighignola

Ski resort in Val d'Intelvi, Lake Como

Easily reachable from: the western side of Lake Como (such as Argegno, MenaggioCernobbio)

Day skipass: €20




Ski resort in Valchiavenna, Lake Como

Easily reachable from: the northern side of Lake Como (Domaso, Colico, etc.)

Day skipass: €40 (adults), €23 (children)



SPA HOTELS | For those who just need some relax

If you just need to take a break from your everyday routine, consider booking your holidays in one of the wonderful spa hotels on Lake Como. Find the best deals on and start packing your bags!

Hilton Lake Como, Como

Hilton Lake Como, Como

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Tremezzina

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Tremezzina

Hotel Royal Victoria, Varenna

Hotel Royal Victoria, Varenna

Hotel Risi, Colico

Hotel Risi, Colico

Lake Como in winter: the weather

If you suffer from the cold, probably Lake Como is not your ideal winter destination. Winter temperatures drop dramatically, and so do the daylight hours. January is the coldest month, with an average low temperature of 1°C (33°F) and maximum of only 6°C (42°F), but it is not uncommon to drop below zero during the coldest nights (see Lake Como’s weather for more information). Remember to bring appropriate clothing!

Finally, some other information you might find useful. Boat trips around Lake Como go in slow mode in winter. So, if you want to take a trip, I’d suggest you to visit the official website of Navigazione Lago di Como. Also, note that from mid November to mid April most of the villas are closed.

Want to live a unique experience? Lake Como is ready to amaze you, even in the winter!

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  1. Aaron Randolph Chen says:

    This is a very useful guide to us, as we are planning to spend a day and night in Lake Como in mid-February 2019. If possible, I would like your advice on the best locations for photos which might be able to capture the lake as well as snow-covered peaks, or other attractions, during the winter season. I will take your advice and not try swimming in the lake. 🙂

    • Alessandro LCT says:

      Ahah great choice, Aaron 😀
      Note that I’ve just updated the content, so you might find something useful that you couldn’t read before. However, if you’re looking for that kind of locations, I’d suggest you to choose a town in the central/northern part of the lake, as mountains are higher in that area. Take a look at Bellagio, Varenna or Tremezzina!

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