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Lake Como, also known as Lario, is the third largest of the Italian lakes and, with a maximum depth of approximately 410 meters (448 yards), is also one of the deepest lakes in Europe.

Its characteristic shape, reminiscent of an inverted Y, results from the melting of glaciers combined with the erosive action of the ancient Adda river. This led to the formation of the two southern branches, in the midst of which there is the world popular Bellagio.

Located at the foot of the Alps, Lake Como provides one of the most picturesque sceneries in the world. If you’re going to visit the Italian lakes, you’ll be surprised to learn about the many things to do in Lake Como.

Ready to go? Enjoy your tour of Lake Como, Italy!

Varenna, Lake Como, in a beautiful sunny day
Lake Como in summer

Lake Como: the best things to do and see

A few tips for your stay in Lake Como
Bellagio town center, Italy
Discover Lake Como's towns

Read my guides and plan your holidays

Boat tours around Lake Como
Take a boat trip

Jump on a boat and reach your favourite destination

Lake Como Beaches
Relax on a beach

Discover the best beaches around Lake Como

Villa Balbianello, Tremezzina
Visit a historic villa

A guide to the best Lake Como's villas and gardens

Get around Lake Como
Learn how to get around

All the info you need to plan your transfers

Discover Italy
Discover Italy

Maximize your experience and visit the world-popular Italian cities

DISCOVER LAKE COMO’S TOWNS | Read my guides and plan your holidays

The entire perimeter of Lake Como is studded with charming villages and towns.

At the end of the southwestern branch there is the amazing city of Como, giving its name to the lake. Lecco is on the southeastern tip, beyond the hills of the Larian Triangle (Triangolo Lariano). All the towns are in the province of Como or Lecco.

Below is a selection of my 4 favorite Lake Como’s towns (you can reach all of them by boat or by bus):

TAKE A BOAT TRIP | Jump on a boat and reach your favourite destination

Boat trips and tours are something that I’d definitely recommend to anyone who wants to experience Lake Como at its best.

Whether you are visiting Lake Como for a day or staying longer, jump aboard a boat, relax and reach your favourite town: BellagioVarennaComo, or maybe one of the historical villas on the shores of the lake.

Ferries on Lake Como, Italy
Ferries on Lake Como

5 best places to sleep in Lake Como

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Hotel du Lac, Bellagio

Hotel Du Lac, Bellagio

For couples

La Perla, Tremezzo

Hotel La Perla, Tremezzo

For couples and families

Le Stanze del Lago, Como

Le Stanze del Lago, Como

For families

Varennahouse, Varenna

Varennahouse, Varenna

For families

Hotel Bellavista, Menaggio

Hotel Bellavista, Menaggio

For couples and families

RELAX ON A BEACH | Discover the best beaches around Lake Como

If you’re visiting Lake Como in the summertime, don’t miss the chance to see the beautiful beaches on its shores.

Beaches in Lake Como are the perfect place to relax during the hot summer days, and in some cases they also give you the opportunity to go sailing or windsurfing.

Beaches can be found in every corner of Lake Como, but if you’re looking for clean and pure water, we recommend you to head toward the central and northern parts of the lake.

Lake Como Beaches, Italy
Beaches on Lake Como, Italy

VISIT A HISTORIC VILLA | A guide to the best villas and gardens

If you come to Lake Como between mid-March and mid-November, you’ll be able to visit Villa Balbianello (Tremezzina), Villa Melzi (Bellagio), Villa Monastero (Varenna) and many other historic residences overlooking the water.

Sometimes these villas have special openings even in low season, so if you are planning to visit Lake Como in winter you’d better take a look at their official websites.

The best experiences around Lake Como

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LEARN HOW TO GET AROUND | All the info you need to plan your transfers

DISCOVER ITALY | Maximize your experience and visit the world-popular Italian cities

During your Lake Como holidays, you can also go from Como to Milan by train and visit the capital of the region, in order to see a different facet of Lombardy.

By train, you can also get to farther towns like Bergamo, Venice, Florence or Rome. It all depends on you and your desire to move around.

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