LAKE COMO, ITALY
Lake Como, also known as Lario, is the third largest of the Italian lakes (after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore). With a maximum depth of approximately 410 meters (448 yards), Lake Como is 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 start? Enjoy your tour of Lake Como, Italy!
Lake Como, Italy: tips for your visit
What can you do on Lake Como?
I did a lot of search and collected a selection of accommodations and experiences to help you organize your trip to Lake Como, Italy!
So, what is the best town to stay in Lake Como?
If you are planning to visit Lake Como for 3-4 days, I would choose a town in the central part of the lake (such as Bellagio) because the boat service will easily allow you to reach other popular villages such as Varenna, Tremezzina or Menaggio in a matter of minutes.
This popular video by Rick Steves will take you to the discovery of Bellagio and Varenna
If you are visiting Milan, well, I would choose a town where you can easily get by train such as Como, Varenna or Lecco.
Below is a selection of my 4 favorite Lake Como’s towns. Take some time to read my guides and start planning your trip!
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: Bellagio, Varenna, Como, or maybe one of the historical villas on the shores of the lake.
If you are traveling with your better half or with your friends, take a private boat tour and experience Lake Como at your own pace.
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, I recommend you to head toward the central and northern parts of the lake.
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.
A paradise for those who love gardens in bloom and magnificent historic residences!
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.
Hotel Du Lac, Bellagio
Hotel La Perla, Tremezzo★★★
For couples and families
Le Stanze del Lago, ComoAPARTMENT
Varennahouse, Varenna APARTMENT
Hotel Bellavista, Menaggio
For couples and families
What is the best time of year to visit Lake Como?
The best time for visiting Lake Como is between March and November, because of the warm temperature that allows you to enjoy boat tours and walks. Consider, however, that summer is high season and the most popular towns (such as Bellagio and Varenna) can be quite crowdy. If you prefer a quiet period, consider visiting Lake Como in winter!
What is special about Lake Como?
The historic villas and their lush gardens, the beauty of the territory, its charming and elegant towns, the surrounding nature that allows you to take relaxing walks. Also, if you love food, you’re going to taste some typical Lombard dishes such as risotto con pesce persico (risotto with Lake Como fish) and pizzoccheri (a mountain dish made with buckwheat pasta, savoy cabbages and local cheese).
Which airport is closest to Lake Como, Italy?
It depends on the area that you want to reach. If you want to reach Como city, Milan Malpensa Airport is probably the best choice (read here how to get from Malpensa to Como). Milan Linate Airport is probably the best if you want to get to Bellagio, Lecco and Varenna. However, all the Milan airports allow you to reach Lake Como’s towns quite easily.
How many days should I spend in Lake Como?
I’d suggest to spend at least 3-4 days, because there are a lot of towns and things to see and you will need time to experience Lake Como at its best. If I were in your shoes, I would plan to visit Como and a couple of other towns, a historical villa (Villa Melzi in Bellagio is one of my favourite) and I would save some time for a private boat tour!