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.
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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 or Varenna) because the boat service will easily allow you to reach other popular villages such as Tremezzina or Menaggio in a matter of minutes.
If you are visiting Milan, well, I would choose a town where you can easily get by train such as Como, Varenna or Lecco.
Take some time to read my guides on the Lake Como’s towns that I love the most, 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.
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!
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!
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).
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.
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!