Lake Como, Italy
Where is Lake Como ?
Slightly North of Milan in Northern Italy sits the stunning
crystal waters of Lake Como. It is part of the Italian Lake District.
It is an area that is highly popular with the rich and famous even
dating back through time of the Romans. The attractions surrounding
the Lakes include the many Villas and Palaces and the beautiful
quaint Italian towns abundant with cafe’s, restaurants and exquisite
old town squares and architecture.
The Lake consists of some beautifully picturesque towns along the
lakes Waters edge(s), including Varenna, Bellagio and Menaggio.
All of which very much deserve a visit during your stay.
Getting there & Getting Around
Lake Como (the town of Como itself) actually lies along Italy’s main train network.
Trains depart from Milan’s ‘Station Centrale’ and arrive at Como’s
main station - ‘San Giovanni’. The trip only takes about 40 minutes.
If you are driving, the roads are very good around this region and the signage is
simple to understand. Do not forget your Navigation Unit though.
Take the Ferries around the Lake, there are a few different options you can take.
Top Attractions in the Lake Como area include:
Villa del Balbianello
Funicular to Brunate
Find YOUR Transport options
to and around Lake Como here
Some Main facts about Lake Como
Dominant Religion: Roman Catholicism
Currency: Euro (€)
Language spoken: Italian
How long should you stay in Lake Como area?
3-4 days is ample time to experience the best of Lake Como.
Typical Souvenirs you can buy from Lake Como?
Local silk (from Bellagio), Leathers, Cheese, Gelato.
Weather in Lake Como?
The weather in this region is generally mild. It is known for its
Mediterranean-like climate where sub-tropical plants can grow
year-round. Average daily temperatures in January are 3.7 °C (39 °F)
and in July averages 23.4 °C (74 °F). Water temperatures can reach
an average of 24 °C (75 °F) during the month of July.
Snowfall is erratic and primarily affects the higher elevations.
Did you Know?
Lake Como is quite a filming location region.
The lake was a filming location for many popular Hollywood films including
Ocean’s Twelve (2004), James Bond’s Casino Royale and Star Wars
“Attack of the Clones” (2002). The spot to visit is Villa del Balbianello.
(picture to the right).
It is famous for its elaborate terraced gardens, that featured in
Star Wars and Casino Royale.
What to see around Lake Como
Depending on what you like to do and see; mountain climbing and walking,
sailing, relaxing or sightseeing, Lake Como is one of the most beautiful
locations in the world.
Como is a great ‘base’ to stay whilst you are visiting Lake Como. It is not as picturesque as the other quaint little villages.
It is, however, plentiful of more mainstream services - that a typical city would provide.
If you are in Como, take a ride on the funicular (hillside trolley) from Como (nearby the stretch of restaurants in Como).
From the top you can enjoy the spectacular view, go to Brunate, or hike over to the Volta Lighthouse for an even better view.
Varenna is a quiet lakeside village on the Eastern shore of Lake Como.
Most well-known for its vibrantly colored houses and incredibly steep stairways up through the village, and its pedestrian pathway along the waters edge of the quaint little town.
DO TRY to climb the many stairs to Vezio Castle at the top of the town. The view from the top is possibly the best view you can get of Lake Como from such a high point.
Chances are, you may in fact stay in Como itself, depending on your activities. If this is the case, you will see what Como has to offer. It is great to use ‘as a base’ for visiting Lake Como. It, however, is not as picturesque as the other small villages, so choose your accommodation wisely.
We recommend Hotel Barchetta Excelsior
It is a comfortable and affordable Hotel with fabulous views and it
is close to everything you will need around you.
Fun Stuff For the Kids
If you think that this part of the world is for Adults, think again. Whilst it may not have Science Museums or Adventure Zones, Lake Como is a beautiful outdoor area that will have the kids loving the boats and (Brunate) mountain funicular.
If you are in Como (itself), there is a lovely playground just to the left of the COMO Ferry Station. It has an outdoor playground, and if you continue on for another 100 meters or so, you will reach a fabulous outdoor entertainment area that has merry-go-rounds, trampolines, obstacles and another playground. It is worth a couple of visits, particularly if the children find that old-city walking is a little boring.