the magical atmosphere of snow on the lake

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
Lake Como in winter

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.

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!

Bellagio and Lake Como in winter
Bellagio in winter

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.

Breathtaking light effects in the city of Como

Città dei Balocchi, Como
Città dei Balocchi in 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.

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!

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

Piani di Bobbio

Easily reachable from: the eastern side of Lake Como (such as Varenna or Lecco) and Milan
Day skipass: €36 (adults), €16 (children)

Monte Sighignola, Lake Como

Monte Sighignola

Easily reachable from: the western side of Lake Como (such as Argegno, MenaggioCernobbio)
Day skipass: €20



Easily reachable from: the northern side of Lake Como (Domaso, Colico, etc.)
Day skipass: €41 (adults), €22 (children)

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 Imperiale, Moltrasio

Grand Hotel Imperiale, Moltrasio

Hotel Royal Victoria, Varenna

Hotel Royal Victoria, Varenna

Hotel Risi Colico Lake Como

Hotel Risi,

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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