Where to go & what to see in Como Lake

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Where to go & what to see in Como Lake

The most interesting villages to visit in the area
Villas, gardens, sports, shopping and much more to do in Como Lake ... Thanks to its position, its temperate climate and its shape, this area can be chosen and remembered with pleasure for holidays of a very different kind, from the quiet ones on the lakeside to the sports ones around the peninsula. Despite being close to the mountains, this areao has the fortune of a Mediterranean climate that has encouraged the growth of olive trees and gives life to the great spring blooms of azaleas that attract fans of flowers from all over the world. The area is also ideal for sports holidays. On the lake you can practice sailing, water skiing, kayaking and rowing, while trekking and cycling routes wind through the promontory, with breathtaking views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. Close is located the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Ghisallo (protector of cyclists), home to a museum with relics of great champions. For those who prefer shopping to sports activities, in Bellagio, there are numerous boutiques, small shops and craft shops where tradition blends with the culture of the place.
This small historic town occupies an incredibly privileged position: the tip of the promontory that divides the lake into three branches. The boats that shuttle across the lake can take you to other interesting places in just a few minutes. The streets of the historic centre are terraced with the original houses; there are narrow alleyways and cobblestoned stairways lined by shops, craft shops, famous restaurants and generations old family trattorias. Visiting Bellagio means not just discovering its history or natural beauty but also enjoying the tastes and flavours of its cuisine. Lake Como, with immediate access to mountains, hills and plains, offers a complete range of genuine local produce; a real gastronomic treasure house, with fish from the lake and cheeses from the mountains, cold salamis and hearty meat dishes.
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Bellagio
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This small historic town occupies an incredibly privileged position: the tip of the promontory that divides the lake into three branches. The boats that shuttle across the lake can take you to other interesting places in just a few minutes. The streets of the historic centre are terraced with the original houses; there are narrow alleyways and cobblestoned stairways lined by shops, craft shops, famous restaurants and generations old family trattorias. Visiting Bellagio means not just discovering its history or natural beauty but also enjoying the tastes and flavours of its cuisine. Lake Como, with immediate access to mountains, hills and plains, offers a complete range of genuine local produce; a real gastronomic treasure house, with fish from the lake and cheeses from the mountains, cold salamis and hearty meat dishes.
Varenna is a picturesque and traditional village, located on the eastern shore of Lake Como. Varenna is an essential stop for anyone wishing to visit one of the most typical and quite towns of the lake.
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Varenna
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Varenna is a picturesque and traditional village, located on the eastern shore of Lake Como. Varenna is an essential stop for anyone wishing to visit one of the most typical and quite towns of the lake.
Lake Como’s only island, in bygone times a fortress and the wealthiest area on the lake before being completely destroyed in 1169. Now no longer inhabited. There are some ruins and remains of an old basilica from ancient times.
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Isola Comacina
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Lake Como’s only island, in bygone times a fortress and the wealthiest area on the lake before being completely destroyed in 1169. Now no longer inhabited. There are some ruins and remains of an old basilica from ancient times.
Located on the Italian-Swiss border, the city of Como in Italy overlooks the southwest end of its lake and is surrounded by green ridge hills, resulting in unparalleled, natural scenery. Como’s centre, located inside the antique medieval walls, is rich in monuments and artworks. In the piazza del Duomo (cathedral) you find the Broletto, the antique town hall built in 1200 and the town’s bell tower. The Duomo was built between the end of 1300 and the mid 1700’s and is a fusion of different architectural styles. The façade statues are astonishing. Behind the Duomo is the ex Casa del Fascio masterpiece of the rationalist architect Giuseppe Terragni considered the symbol of modern architecture. Como also hosts real gems of the Romanesque period like the church of S. Fedele, S. Abbondio, S. Carpoforo. Near the lake stands the neoclassic Voltiano temple erected in 1927 for the centennial of the death of Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the battery, born in Como. Next to the temple is the War Memorial constructed in 1933 based on the designs of futuristic architect Antonio Sant’Elia. We recommend the walk from Piazza Cavour to the gardens of Villa Olmo in order to admire the beautiful neoclassical villas on the lake shore.
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Como
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Located on the Italian-Swiss border, the city of Como in Italy overlooks the southwest end of its lake and is surrounded by green ridge hills, resulting in unparalleled, natural scenery. Como’s centre, located inside the antique medieval walls, is rich in monuments and artworks. In the piazza del Duomo (cathedral) you find the Broletto, the antique town hall built in 1200 and the town’s bell tower. The Duomo was built between the end of 1300 and the mid 1700’s and is a fusion of different architectural styles. The façade statues are astonishing. Behind the Duomo is the ex Casa del Fascio masterpiece of the rationalist architect Giuseppe Terragni considered the symbol of modern architecture. Como also hosts real gems of the Romanesque period like the church of S. Fedele, S. Abbondio, S. Carpoforo. Near the lake stands the neoclassic Voltiano temple erected in 1927 for the centennial of the death of Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the battery, born in Como. Next to the temple is the War Memorial constructed in 1933 based on the designs of futuristic architect Antonio Sant’Elia. We recommend the walk from Piazza Cavour to the gardens of Villa Olmo in order to admire the beautiful neoclassical villas on the lake shore.
Menaggio is a picturesque town of ancient origins overlooking Lake Como.
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Menaggio
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Menaggio is a picturesque town of ancient origins overlooking Lake Como.
A few kilometers south of Varenna there is the locality Fiumelatte, where a river of the same name flows through it. The Fiumelatte River is quite peculiar; besides having a white appearance that makes one think of milk, this short river only flows between March and September, whereas it is perfectly dry during the other months. If you love nature, you’ll be happy to know that Varenna is the perfect starting point for doing some hiking through the Grigne mountains.
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Fiumelatte
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A few kilometers south of Varenna there is the locality Fiumelatte, where a river of the same name flows through it. The Fiumelatte River is quite peculiar; besides having a white appearance that makes one think of milk, this short river only flows between March and September, whereas it is perfectly dry during the other months. If you love nature, you’ll be happy to know that Varenna is the perfect starting point for doing some hiking through the Grigne mountains.
The town Lenno lies around the beautiful bay called "Baia di Venere", formed by the peninsula Lavedo. The town treasures numerous religious buildings considered important works of art like for example the crypt of the parish church S Stefano in the centre of the town facing the Romanesque baptistery of S. Giovanni of the XI century. In the upper part of town stands the monastery of Acquafredda with its lively frescos. From here you can walk to the monastery of "San Benedetto" in Val Perlana, an important Romanesque building (2.00 hrs. one way - description available). On the far end of the peninsula Lavedo stands one of the most famous villas of the lake, the villa Balbianello built in the 17th century on order of Cardinal Angelo Durini. Its beautiful gardens are open to the public from the middle of March till the middle of November from 10.00 till 18.00, Monday and Wednesday closed. About 800 m from the landing stage at Lenno, close to the Lido of Lenno, there is a regular taxi boat service to the villa. Only on Tuesday Saturday and Sunday the pathway leading to the villa is open (1,5 km from the boat landing stage). From Lenno you can walk up the Sacro Monte of Ossuccio. Between 1635 and 1714 the 14 chapels were built along the pathway leading up to the church of the Madonna del Soccorso; due to its artistic and historical importance it was declared Heritage of Humanity
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Lenno
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The town Lenno lies around the beautiful bay called "Baia di Venere", formed by the peninsula Lavedo. The town treasures numerous religious buildings considered important works of art like for example the crypt of the parish church S Stefano in the centre of the town facing the Romanesque baptistery of S. Giovanni of the XI century. In the upper part of town stands the monastery of Acquafredda with its lively frescos. From here you can walk to the monastery of "San Benedetto" in Val Perlana, an important Romanesque building (2.00 hrs. one way - description available). On the far end of the peninsula Lavedo stands one of the most famous villas of the lake, the villa Balbianello built in the 17th century on order of Cardinal Angelo Durini. Its beautiful gardens are open to the public from the middle of March till the middle of November from 10.00 till 18.00, Monday and Wednesday closed. About 800 m from the landing stage at Lenno, close to the Lido of Lenno, there is a regular taxi boat service to the villa. Only on Tuesday Saturday and Sunday the pathway leading to the villa is open (1,5 km from the boat landing stage). From Lenno you can walk up the Sacro Monte of Ossuccio. Between 1635 and 1714 the 14 chapels were built along the pathway leading up to the church of the Madonna del Soccorso; due to its artistic and historical importance it was declared Heritage of Humanity
The town is situated at the lower end of the eastern branch of the lake and stretches along the eastern bank of the river Adda. In its historical centre, one can still see the ruins of the city walls, the moat which closed off the Medieval town and also the imposing bridge built between 1336 and 1338 by Azzone Visconti. The ancient via Cavour leads to square named after Garibaldi where there is the theatre Sociale and eventually reaches the narrow square Piazza XX Settembre where the Visconti tower stands now museum and exhibition centre.
Province of Lecco
The town is situated at the lower end of the eastern branch of the lake and stretches along the eastern bank of the river Adda. In its historical centre, one can still see the ruins of the city walls, the moat which closed off the Medieval town and also the imposing bridge built between 1336 and 1338 by Azzone Visconti. The ancient via Cavour leads to square named after Garibaldi where there is the theatre Sociale and eventually reaches the narrow square Piazza XX Settembre where the Visconti tower stands now museum and exhibition centre.
Tremezzo extends itself between the shores of the lake and the beautiful hilly hinterland at the foot of Monte Crocione. The typical settlement of Rogaro is clustered around the baroque church of the Madonna of Einsiedel
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Tremezzina
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Tremezzo extends itself between the shores of the lake and the beautiful hilly hinterland at the foot of Monte Crocione. The typical settlement of Rogaro is clustered around the baroque church of the Madonna of Einsiedel
Getting around
best ways to move around and rental points
Enjoy the lake from the lake
Boat2go
Enjoy the lake from the lake
Rent Onno
10 Via G. Garibaldi
Bike It! Bellagio
103 Via Valassina
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Bellagio Water Sports
1 Via E. Sfondrati
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G.A.S.A.R.E WAKEBOARD
9 Via G. Garibaldi
Food and drinks
The best way is to join the local people to taste the typical cuisine. Knowing a place means knowing its aromas and flavors because food is deeply linked to tradition and culture and it is only through the taste that you can deeply enter the spirit of the place ... Are you ready to immerse yourself in the local cuisine and get to know Como Lake through dishes related to its territory or modern reinterpretations of ancient traditions? Numerous bars and restaurants await you and we are sure you will find your favorite dish!
Camping & Bar La Fornace
3 Strada Statale 583
Ristorante Da Anna
14 Via Armando Diaz
Onnolulu beach
10 Via G. Garibaldi
Onnolulu Oliveto Lario
87-97 Strada Statale 583
Mayos Beach
Fermento sul Lago
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Ittiturismo Ristorante Mella
6 Piazza San Giovanni Battista
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"Pub Il Tiglio" Gramatica Fabio SAS
1 Piazza Canestri
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Babayaga
8 Via Eugenio Vitali
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Ristorante Alle Darsene di Loppia
Loppia Via Melzi d'Eril
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San Giacomo
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Aperitivo Et Al
34 Salita Serbelloni
Gelateria del Borgo
46 Via Giuseppe Garibaldi
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Enoteca Cava Turacciolo
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Vassena Café
2 Piazza Conciliazione
seesight
If you don’t mind walking, you can follow the path along the Esino River and get to Castello di Vezio, an ancient medieval fortress overlooking Varenna. The castle houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to the Lariosaurus – an extinct sea reptile from the Middle Triassic period, which gave birth to a legend similar to that of the Loch Ness monster – as well as a center for the training of birds of prey.
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Castello di Vezio
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If you don’t mind walking, you can follow the path along the Esino River and get to Castello di Vezio, an ancient medieval fortress overlooking Varenna. The castle houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to the Lariosaurus – an extinct sea reptile from the Middle Triassic period, which gave birth to a legend similar to that of the Loch Ness monster – as well as a center for the training of birds of prey.
It is a natural gorge created by the Pioverna river , over the centuries, have shaped gigantic potholes and suggestive caverns.
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Orrido di Bellano
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It is a natural gorge created by the Pioverna river , over the centuries, have shaped gigantic potholes and suggestive caverns.
It’s the famous Nesso Gorge, locally known as Orrido di Nesso, probably one of the best natural wonders that you can find around the lake. Enjoy a stunning view of the waterfall from Ponte della Civera, a Romanesque bridge made of stone that you can reach from Piazza Castello; this is a nice place to take pictures of the amazing waterfall.
Ponte della Civera
38 Via del Castello
It’s the famous Nesso Gorge, locally known as Orrido di Nesso, probably one of the best natural wonders that you can find around the lake. Enjoy a stunning view of the waterfall from Ponte della Civera, a Romanesque bridge made of stone that you can reach from Piazza Castello; this is a nice place to take pictures of the amazing waterfall.
Madonna del Ghisallo has a long and fascinating history linking it to the sport of cycling. This famous hill, with its spectacular views, is in fact an iconic location for cyclists of all ages and categories, both competitive and non-competitive. Its climb has been the decisive or conclusive stage of some of the most renowned races in the history of cycling: from the Giro d'Italia to the Giro di Lombardia, to the Coppa Agostini and the Giornata della Bicicletta. For this reason, thousands of cycling enthusiasts come up to Ghisallo each year -- also to visit its 17th century shrine containing a painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known as the Madonna del Ghisallo, declared the patroness of cyclists.
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Madonna del Ghisallo
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Madonna del Ghisallo has a long and fascinating history linking it to the sport of cycling. This famous hill, with its spectacular views, is in fact an iconic location for cyclists of all ages and categories, both competitive and non-competitive. Its climb has been the decisive or conclusive stage of some of the most renowned races in the history of cycling: from the Giro d'Italia to the Giro di Lombardia, to the Coppa Agostini and the Giornata della Bicicletta. For this reason, thousands of cycling enthusiasts come up to Ghisallo each year -- also to visit its 17th century shrine containing a painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known as the Madonna del Ghisallo, declared the patroness of cyclists.
The boat ride to the Piona Abbey gives you the possibility of admiring the beautiful mountain scenery around the northern part of the lake The Abbey stands in a wonderful position on the eastern shore of the lake at the end of the Olgiasca peninsula, overlooking the small inner lake of Piona. The Abbey is of great historical and artistic interest. Its history begins in 610, when an oratory was founded on the peninsula, dedicated to Santa Giustina. In 1138 it was consecrated and in 1169 it became a Cluniac monastery.
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Cluny Abbey of Holy Mary of Piona
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The boat ride to the Piona Abbey gives you the possibility of admiring the beautiful mountain scenery around the northern part of the lake The Abbey stands in a wonderful position on the eastern shore of the lake at the end of the Olgiasca peninsula, overlooking the small inner lake of Piona. The Abbey is of great historical and artistic interest. Its history begins in 610, when an oratory was founded on the peninsula, dedicated to Santa Giustina. In 1138 it was consecrated and in 1169 it became a Cluniac monastery.
The Moto Guzzi Museum, located in Mandello del Lario (LC) is an historical, technical and cultural heritage of the area. It is located in the heart of the historic Fabbrica where, from 1921 to the present, all the motorcycles bearing its trademark have always been manufactured.
Moto Guzzi World Club
57 Via Emanuele V. Parodi
The Moto Guzzi Museum, located in Mandello del Lario (LC) is an historical, technical and cultural heritage of the area. It is located in the heart of the historic Fabbrica where, from 1921 to the present, all the motorcycles bearing its trademark have always been manufactured.
panoramic point and bikes museum
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Madonna del Ghisallo
2 Via Campolungo
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panoramic point and bikes museum
Villas and gardens on the lake
The Gardens of Villa Melzi strech out along the lake shore and are armoniously inserted into the hilly scenery of the Bellagio peninsula that divides the two branches of Lario lake.
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I Giardini di Villa Melzi
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The Gardens of Villa Melzi strech out along the lake shore and are armoniously inserted into the hilly scenery of the Bellagio peninsula that divides the two branches of Lario lake.
Here, in a natural basin, embraced by the lake and mountains, Nature and human ingenuity live together in perfect harmony. In the 1600s, the Marquis Giorgio Clerici had a splendid residence built in this area: the massive but understated Villa Carlotta is surrounded by an Italianate garden and looks out over the breath-taking Bellagio setting.
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Villa Carlotta
2 Via Regina
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Here, in a natural basin, embraced by the lake and mountains, Nature and human ingenuity live together in perfect harmony. In the 1600s, the Marquis Giorgio Clerici had a splendid residence built in this area: the massive but understated Villa Carlotta is surrounded by an Italianate garden and looks out over the breath-taking Bellagio setting.
On a peninsula from which one can enjoy the spells of the Lario, this elegant and romantic eighteenth century mansion and its astonishing garden have hosted letters and travels to its last owner, Guido Monzino.
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Villa del Balbianello
1 Via Guido Monzino
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On a peninsula from which one can enjoy the spells of the Lario, this elegant and romantic eighteenth century mansion and its astonishing garden have hosted letters and travels to its last owner, Guido Monzino.
The villa was built in the 15th century for Marchesino Stanga. These stretch over the high part of the promontory of Bellagio, with over 18 km of avenues and paths that allow the visitor to admire the large quantity of plants, including rare and exotic plants, which grow on the terraces sloping down towards the lake. Splendid views of the Como and Lecco branches of the Lake from the XVIII century garden as well as views of the lake's northern branch and the Pre-Alps from the remains of the fortification on the top of the promontory
Parco di Villa Serbelloni
14 Piazza della Chiesa
The villa was built in the 15th century for Marchesino Stanga. These stretch over the high part of the promontory of Bellagio, with over 18 km of avenues and paths that allow the visitor to admire the large quantity of plants, including rare and exotic plants, which grow on the terraces sloping down towards the lake. Splendid views of the Como and Lecco branches of the Lake from the XVIII century garden as well as views of the lake's northern branch and the Pre-Alps from the remains of the fortification on the top of the promontory