Milan · 88 km · 1 hour 30 minutes
Verona · 250 km · 3 hour 30 minutes
Birmingham, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Luton, Manchester
Culture and history
Less than 2 hour transfer
So what's it like?
Long favoured by the European aristocracy, Lake Como is known for its beautiful landscape and wildlife and the spectacular backdrop of the Grigna mountains.
Lake Como, Italy's deepest lake, is surrounded by high mountains and dramatic cliffs. The narrow road on the western side of the lake that heads towards Switzerland sits up high above the water, with the towns dropping down beneath it, making Lake Como very different to the other Italian lakes. Famous for its beautifully kept public gardens and historic villas, it's easy to see why so many celebrities are attracted to the lake.
The resorts of Menaggio, Tremezzo and Cadenabbia sit on the sunny western shore. Each has a promenade running along the lakeside, where you can enjoy an evening stroll and take in the dramatic views across the lake. The unique resort of Bellagio is perched on the southern shore and enjoys breathtaking views across the lake from both sides of the town. Menaggio and Bellagio are larger resorts and are more lively, with café-filled piazzas and winding cobbled streets filled with boutique shops and ice cream parlours. To the north-west of the lake, Cadenabbia and Tremezzo are slightly quieter and make a great base for exploring the towns and villages around Lake Como and its surrounding lakes and mountains.
There's a regular and reliable ferry service that will take you to all four of our resorts, to the other villages and to the lake's capital, Como. There is also a bus service that'll take you up and down the western side of the lake.
Why not get the best out of Lake Como with the Lake Como Discovery Package while staying at the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia, the Hotel Britannia Excelsior in Cadenabbia or the Hotel Bellavista in Menaggio? Explore what the local region has to offer by going on a full day excursion to Milan, taking a tour of Lake Orta and Stresa and visiting Switzerland on the Bernina Express. Must book before 29 April 2015.
Available from £337 (return)
There are frequent ferry connections across and down the length of Lake Como. From Como, reachable by bus, there is a regular rail service to Milan. Guests staying in Bellagio need to take the ferry for transfers and will need to transport their luggage.
• There are concerts at the Villa Carlotta in July & August • Explore some of the many villas and gardens surrounding Lake Como. The most famous is Villa Carlotta between Cadenabbia and Tremezzo. There are smaller gardens at Villa Monastero and Villa Cipressi in Varenna.
Twin centre suggestion
Why not combine a stay with the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia in Cadenabbia, Lake Como with a stay at the Hotel Simplon in Baveno, Lake Maggiore; call us to book this perfect combination to enjoy two Italian lakes in one holiday. Transfer to your second centre is by private taxi transfer.
Special offers for summer 15
• Pre-book any two full day excursions per person and receive a €10 discount against a third excursion of your choice, bookable in resort.