Beautiful lakeside promenades are perfect for an after-dinner stroll, or you can explore the authentic piazzas and cobbled streets that wind through the pretty little towns – access to a range of hidden gems.
There are 3 types of ferry (car, passenger and fast) that operate on Lake Como. The passenger and fast ferries travel the length of the lake between Como and Colico, and the passenger and car ferries also operate numerous times a day around the central part of the lake between Menaggio, Bellagio, Cadenabbia and Tremezzo.
The nearest train station is Varenna which is accessible via ferry and bus. From Varenna you can reach Milan in an hour, with trains departing every hour or so. Other stations on the lake include Como Town and Como S. Giovanni. You can also catch the Noddy Train between Menaggio and Leno which takes an hour.
Each town on Lake Como will have a bus connection. In Bellagio there are 2 main bus lines travelling between Bellagio and Como (the C30 takes just over an hour). The only bus stop in Bellagio is located at the end of the Lungolario. Menaggio has a bus station where you can catch numerous buses to other resorts around the lake including Cadenabbia and Tremezzo that take around 10 minutes.
|Festival ||Month |
|Lake Como Festival ||Early May to early October |
|European Food Festival, Lecco ||Mid May |
|Days of Elegance, Cernobbio ||Late May |
|Festival of Saint Giovanni ||Late June |
|Sagra di Bellagio ||Late June |
|Festival Chitarra Menaggio ||August |
|Tremezzo Music Festival ||Late August |
Food is important to Italians, so it’s no surprise that Lake Como has over 1000 restaurants on its doorstep, lots of them with stunning lake views. If you want to sip a macchiato at a café, meet a Michelin-starred chef or devour some rustic Italian cuisine, it’s all for the taking. The cheese, fish and wine are particularly good, so definitely try some fritto misto di lago - a mix of fried lake fish.
In Bellagio is the popular Ristorante Bilacus, a traditional Italian with a gorgeous outdoor patio sheltered by green vines and plants. The fantastic atmosphere, food and views over the town make this a favourite with visitors from all over the world.
Across the lake in Tremazzo is Cantina Follie, an ambient wine bar with a rooftop terrace. As well as the fantastic range of wines, the bar serves rustic and authentic Italian food including antipasti platters with meats, cheeses, breads and pickles. This is great for a light lunch, dinner or snack.
Further north in Menaggio is the lakefront Café del Pess. You can enjoy pastries and coffee for breakfast, sandwiches or salads for lunch or just stop for an aperitif during the day or after dinner – it’s a pleasant stop any time of the day.
The shores of Lake Como are home to a collection of small towns and villages, and the surrounding landscapes offer lovely walks and even lovelier views. Lakeside paths follow the shore, and there are wonderful sights to be seen from the Punta Spartivento viewpoint. The mountains behind Tremezzo offer more taxing routes, and Bellagio has cobbled streets and steep stairs so may not be suitable for those with limited mobility. But there are peninsula trails across the ridge to the villages of Pescallo and Loppia, as well as gentle walks to many churches and villas.
The Greenway del Lario
Take a gentle walk along the ‘Antica Strada Regina’ (the ‘old royal road’) to visit the centres of the ancient towns and villages that line the lakeside. Along the way, there are plenty of restaurants and cafés to stop at for a drink or ice cream, so you really can take your time. The path runs from Cadenabbia to Colonno – and make sure you keep an eye out for the Greenway del Lario discs set into the pavement.
Pigra to Colonno
From the town of Argegno, take the cable car up to the small village of Pigra at 860m and step out to breathtaking views of the lake and Como town. Pass chapels, streams and small villages before winding down to Colonno – the track can get steep in places, but there are stunning views over the water and islands. Spend some time strolling around Colonno before turning your feet to home.
San Martino Church
This short hike winds past several historic churches and chapels, and eventually leads up to the tiny Church of San Martino, perched on the rocks overlooking the centre of the lake. Inside the church you’ll find an ancient wooden statue of St Mary, which was found during the 17th century and moved to the church in respect of a local legend that said she wanted to be laid to rest there.
All our holidays include shared transfers to and from your hotel. Private transfers can be added when booking. These will be taken by car, 6-seater or minibus, depending on the number of people in your booking.
Make the most of your time away by combining two holidays into one. With a twin-centre holiday, you can choose any hotels in any resorts and we’ll put them together for you – as long as your two picks are from the same arrivals airport. Take inspiration from our customers and combine Lake Como with Lake Maggiore.
Give us a call to plan your perfect trip on 020 8939 0740.
Please keep in mind that transfers run on Wednesdays and Saturdays and may involve going via an airport.