Lake Como, Italy

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, which led to the formation of the two branches that enclose the lower basin of the lake.

Located at the foot of the Alps, Lake Como provides one of the most picturesque sceneries in the world. The blue of the water and the green of the surrounding hills come together harmoniously, giving birth to priceless views and landscapes. If you’re going to visit the Italian lakes, you’ll be surprised to learn about the many things to do in Lake Como. Continue reading, and find out how to have fun during your holidays!

Lake Como, things to do and see

Take a boat trip on Lake Como

Lake Como boat trips

One of the best things to do in Lake Como is definitely to rent a boat and explore the lake on your own, but if you are on a budget, you can just take a boat ride using the services provided by Navigazione Lago di Como.

Boat rides are quite cheap, and let you sail from coast to coast. Almost every town on the shores of the lake has a boat landing, where you can buy your ticket and ask for information.

Boat trips on Lake Como will take you to most of the lakeside villages, and also to the small Isola Comacina.

Visit the beautiful towns and villas

Villa Balbianello, Lenno (Tremezzina)

If you come to Lake Como between mid-March and mid-November, you’ll be able to visit Villa Balbianello, Villa Monastero, Villa Carlotta, and many other historic residences overlooking the water. Take a look at the page of villas in Lake Como, and find all the information that you need.

During your holidays, don’t get stuck in your town! The shores of Lake Como are, indeed, studded with charming villages: plan your trip so that you can see at least 2 or 3 towns. You will not regret!

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Relax on a beach!

Onno beach, Oliveto Lario

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.

Visit the nearby destinations

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. Within a few hours of train travel, you can also get to farther towns like Bergamo, Brescia, or Novara. It all depends on you and your desire to move around.

What you waiting for? When you are in Lake Como, things to do will keep you busy all the time!


Surface area: 146 km2
Altitude: 198 m
Water volume: 22.5 km2
Shore length: 160 km
Max. length: 46 km
Max. width: 4.5 km
Average depth: 154 km
Max. depth: 410 m
Island: Isola Comacina

Reach Lake Como by car

If you’re planning to visit Milan and the surrounding area, a road trip could be a fun and comfortable alternative to public transport. Travel at your pace and drive to Varenna, Bellagio and the other amazing Lake Como’s towns!

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