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Travel Guide to Lake Como Italy

  • Italy-Lombardia
  • Milan
  • 146 km2
  • 18°C
  • Wed 12:19 pm
  • Euro
  • Italian
  • 599.534

General Information About Lake Como

Lake Como (Lago di Como) is one of the famous Italian Lakes destinations, not far from Milan (45 minutes drive) in the North of Italy. Lake Como is long (50km), slender and extremely deep. The southern end forks into two long 'legs', with the picturesque town of Bellagio situated on the promontory between them. Like the other Italian Lakes, Lake Como has been popular as a luxury vacation spot since the days of the Roman Empire. Travelers ever since have admired the blue waters and relaxed in luxurious villas in the wooded lakeside slopes above. Today, most of the towns around the shores of Lake Como are popular with tourists, walkers, cyclists and swimmers. Lake Como Travel information Get there Como is on Italy's main railway network, and trains run from Milan to Como frequently, taking around 40 minutes. They depart from Milan's Stazione Centrale and Stazione Porta Garibaldi, and arrive at San Giovanni, Como's main station. There is a direct bus service from Bergamo Airport to Como, also stopping - subject to advance booking - at towns along the western shore up to Menaggio. The service is called the Lake Como Express and runs three times a day - you can read the latest timetables and make bookings on the company's website (see links panel). Buses around Como, including onward travel from Como to Bellagio, are operated by ASF Autolinee. These are cheap local services and a good way of getting around without a car. Get around Steamers, boats and buses serve all the main towns on Lake Como. A frequent boat service connects the central resorts, Lenno, Tremezzo, Villa Carlotta, Cadenabbia, Menaggio, Bellagio and Varenna, including a car ferry. A less frequent but faster boat travels the full length of the lake from Como (with stops at most of the above). Buses run approximately hourly all the way up the West coast from Como round to Colico at the north-east.

Lake Como Culture and History



Life in Lake Como is beautiful. The surrounding towns with Romanesque churches, medieval castles and neoclassical monuments typical in the most Italian of ways. A stroll down any cobbled alleyway in Bellagio, Lecco, Como, or Varenna will lead to sweet cafes, artisan shops and darling row houses where little children and their grandmothers peek from windows to greet neighbours and friends passing by. The people in Lake Como are friendly and relaxed — perhaps it’s the mesmerising sway of the lake that calms them, you just need the time to admire the verdant mountains. This region of Italy holds something special…and different from the rest.


The ancient Como built on the slopes of the hills between Breccia and San Fermo was conquered by the Romans, leaded by Marco Claudio Marcello, after their victory over Gaulich Insubres allied with the Comensi, in 196 BC. In 89 BC after the town was devastated by the Raeti, the Romans decided to re-build the settlement near the lake and drained the bottom of the valley. A new Town, Novo Comum, was built according to the Roman urban planning, a rectilinear grid of streets wrapped in a wall of defense. Como became a Municipality, the chief town of a wide territory, the seat of prefect and naval base. The development of Roman Como is attested by the rich collection of the Archaeological Museaum P. Giovio, by the eight cipolin marble columns of the arcades of the school “Liceo Volta”, by some stretches of town walls (dating back to the 1st cent. AD) and by the remains of the gate Porta Praetoria (2nd-3rd cent. AD) located in the vaults of the school in via C. Cantù, 61. Outside the walls you can find, between viale Lecco and via Dante, the foundations of the thermae (so called “Pliniane”) and between via Zezio and via Tommaso Grossi the ruins of a big villa dating back to the 2nd cent. AD.


Its shores features a succession of pastures, woods, harsh and impressive rocks, charming villages facing the lake, magnificent mansions with beautiful gardens. The middle of the lake, where its three branches come together, has the mildest climate and offers the broadest view. This point can be reached by boat. Here you will enjoy a lovely view of the whole promontory of Bellagio, of the northern Grigna Mountains overlooking Valsassina, and, with clear skies, of the upper basin with the Alps in the background. There are many gardens with plenty of flowers as well as exotic and rare plants.
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Villa Il Giardino
Lake Como Italia

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Nestled in a sunny lake view garden with pool, this exclusive 4-bed 3 bath Villa invites groups of 8 to soak up an unforgettable Lake Como getaway. Located within easy reach of the Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club and just a 5-minute drive from the lakeside centre of Menaggio with its Lido and family-friendly resort amenities, the scene is set for your next holiday!

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Villa Michele – Griante
Lake Como Italia

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Boasting an elevated setting overlooking Cadenabbia, this modern detached Tuscan-style villa offers pure holiday escapism and a prime Central Lake setting for carefree Lake Como breaks!

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Villa Nuova
Lake Como Italia

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Perfect for accommodating families and large groups of 10, the villa provides the ultimate in escapism, for quality moments together.

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Villa Sole
Lake Como Italia

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A luxury Moltrasio retreat that lets you sit back and take in the majesty of Lake Como! Providing a magical setting amongst the tranquil authenticity of beautiful Motrasio, this newly-renovated luxury 5 bed 5 bath villa offers’ the ultimate lake break for corporate groups and families.

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Villa Terrazza di Menaggio
Menaggio Italia

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Soak up panoramic lake views and your own infinity pool, with this exclusive hillside villa for 12! With its unforgettable lake view setting, this luxury new build villa promises a captivating Lake Como lifestyle for families and groups. Internally, the sumptuous villa invites guests to feel at home; with air-con in the upper floor bedrooms, central underfloor heating and free WIFI access all at guests’ finger tips (and toes!).

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