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. So 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 (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.
Beautiful lakeside promenades are perfect for an after-dinner stroll, or 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 on 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 resorts around the lake including Cadenabbia and Tremezzo that take around 10 minutes.
Sightseeing and Excursions
|Trip ||Adult ||Child (0-12) |
|Boat tour of Villa Balbianello ||£36** ||Free* |
|St Moritz and Bernina Express ||£46 ||Free* |
|Milan ||£43 ||Free* |
|Lake Orta and Stresa ||£48 ||Free* |
|Bergamo ||£44 ||Free* |
|Villas of Lake Como ||£35 ||Free* |
|Morcote and Lugano ||£39 ||Free* |
* 1 free child place per full paying adult.
**£34 for National Trust card holders.
Some entrances, tolls and optional extras are payable locally.
Please note: The Bergamo excursion departs from Varenna so customers will need to take a ferry to the departure point (extra charge).
• There are concerts at the Villa Carlotta in July and 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
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 or browse our pre-chosen combinations, which you can book online from our twin-centre holidays page.
Please keep in mind that transfers run on Wednesdays and Saturdays and may involve going via an airport.
In-resort Holiday Advisor
Your Holiday Advisor will be based in your resort and will be in touch before you travel. Then, if you have any questions while you’re away or just want to say hello, you can always drop in at their info points or see them on one of their hotel visits. Alternatively, you can send them a text, give them a call, email them or even tweet them, 24 hours a day – whatever works for you.
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.