Lake Como, Italy. Best things to do in Bellagio, Como and other villages on Lake Como

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Things to do in Lake Como

There are many things to do in Lake Como and is very difficult to cover all the highlights and spots in case of a short holiday.

Our Lake is the third-largest Italian lake and is located between Como and Lecco's provinces, approximately 50 km from Milan.

The most famous Lake Como attractions are historic villas with their lush and charming gardens.  The surrounding nature and the beauty of the territory allow you to take relaxing walks and an amazing boat tour.

One of the most interesting experiences is the Greenway: a leisurely and pleasant walk thanks to its 7 miles point-to-point trail. It is located near Colonno and follows the Antica Strada Regina, the ancient Romans' antique connection road.

Best beaches (lido or seashore)

Traveling on Lake Como you could find a lot of beaches, thanks to 170 km of coast. You should choose from "lido" (where normally you can rent sunbeds, umbrellas etc) or beaches (some with sand, other green or with little stones). Starting from Como to the north our favorite beaches or lido are:

  • Villa Olmo Lido;
  • Cernobbio Lido;
  • Faggeto Lario Lido;
  • Pognana beach;
  • Careno beach;
  • Argegno Lido;
  • Lenno beach;
  • Bellagio Lido or San Giovanni beach;
  • Griante beach.

The most visited Lake Como tourist attractions are:

  • Villa Balbianello, the jewel of the lake, well-known for having been the set of famous movies such as 007 and Star Wars;
  • Villa Monastero in Varenna,  originally a Cistercian convent dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen. Today is an international convention center and a museum (https://www.villamonastero.eu/index.php/en/);
  • Isola Comacina, the beatiful island of Como Lake;
  • Bellagio, our lovely pearl;
  • Villa Melzi in Bellagio, with its gardens (https://giardinidivillamelzi.it/en/home-eng/)
  • Tremezzo, with Villa Carlotta, with its marvelous flowers and gardens; our favorite botanical garden!!
  • Cernobbio, a necessary step in every Como Lake tour, thanks to its famous Como Lake restaurants;

Tourist activities Lake Como

Brunate – cableway or a walking trail called San Donato (hard difficult)

If you would see an amazing wiev on the lake and the Alps, you should visit Volta lighthouse in Brunate (near The Polenteria, one of our suggested restaurant).  You can reach the lighthouse walking 30 minutes from the cableway arrival in Brunate. The cableway start in Viale Geno in Como.

If you like trekking, we suggest you to reach Brunate walking on the San Donato trail, not so far away from Como city center. We suggest using nordic walking equipment, very useful in this case (approximately 1hour and a half with 500 meters of difference in altitude).

Inside the wall – Duomo and Como city center

Walking inside the wall you could discover Ancient Como. On of the most famous tourist actractions is piazza del Duomo (not to be missed a visit in the Cathedral), but we suggest to visit Piazza San Fedele with its ancient houses.

Walking near the lake you can reach Villa Erba, Villa Olmo and Villa del Grumello, with its marvellous gardens.

Como is also famous for silk, in particular used in foulard and ties. There're many shops inside the wall, but if you have a car we suggest Dimensione Seta (Camerlata zone, Via Pasquale Paoli, near Birrificio) or Larioseta Outlet. You can find it during the street to the Suisse border (via Asiago - Como Tavernola).

During Christmas time, in Piazza Duomo e Piazza Volta, you could appreciate the light of “Città Balocchi”: discover yourself what are we talking about.. simply amazing!!

Our favourite restaurants

Pizzeria and fast food

Napul’è Pizzeria Ristorante, via Luigi Dottesio 22 – restaurant-pizzeria where you can find not only the original pizza from Naples but further traditional regional cooking. Unformal but clean with a very delicious pizza..                                                                                 tel. 031 – 267522

Peach Pit pizzeria Donnarumma, via Armando Diaz 41 – a small restaurant (specialized in take away) but the original pizza from Naples directly in Como.. you must try the Panuozzo: in this way, you should taste it only here..  tel. 031 – 267522

Mystic Burger, Via Armando Diaz 78 – prepared with top quality ingredients, this hamburger becomes an experience.. if you prefer you could bring it at home, thanks to special offer for take away.

Casual, informal but gorgeous..

Nata Bistrot, located inside the wall. Run by Matteo, in our opinion undoubtedly one of the best in Como. With an enhanced menu, you can enjoy fine cuisine in every detail, which exalts the traditions of Italian cuisine, innovating..   tel. 031-269123

La vita è bella, piazza Domenico Croggi 4 (near pedestrian zone on the lake - Viale Geno) and Viale Lecco: salads, salads and more!! an amazing list of desserts..                                      tel. 031 302667

Trendy and with style

Il Crotto dei Platani, Via Regina 73 - Brienno. A gourmet restaurant overlooking Lake Como, in an unforgettable location, thanks to its two levels: a veranda and dock with garden.           tel. 031 814038

Openissimo, Via Mentana 2/B - Como. A fusion pizzeria, cocktail bar, and restaurant managed by Antonello Colonna, a star-studded chef famous for culinary traditions of the Roman countryside.                                  tel. 031 2077840

Traditional regional cooking

Il Crotto di Civiglio, via Antonio Cantore 6 - Civiglio. There’s something better than tasting innovative dishes cooked by this unique chef in a beautiful location? It’s strongly recommended to book for time.                        tel. 031 - 364083

La Polenteria di Brunate, via Giacomo Scalini 66. Near to the Volta’s lighthouse, approximately 30 minutes from the cableway. After a walk, you will appreciate pizzocheri or the dessert list..                                             tel. 031 - 3365105

Como Lake fish – lake traditional cooking

Trattoria del Porto, via del Pontile 26 – Careno. 15 km from Como, a restaurant to try historical lake dishes. A tasting menu, with a small price compared with quality: not to be found a similar on the lake, with the same view. Ask the staff to show you the little church: it’s a surprise.                                                                                                tel. 031 910195

A savory cocktail..

Fresco cocktail shop, Viale Lecco 23 – young barman, creative and artistic!! a right mix of traditional drinks with innovative cocktails.. they have one goal: to surprise you.. and normally they do it!!!

Minimalismo Living Room , via Dante Alighieri 67 – you have to appreciate Werner cocktail, one of the most famous barmen in Como.. you must try his specialty!!!

Lake Como wedding – tips:

Wedding on the lake is a dream and is one of the favorite destinations for couples who want to marry in a wonderful Italian location.

The most famous Lake Como wedding venues are:

Our friends Gloria & Paola will assist you in case of interest: please visit https://www.hostingcomo.it/#

Why don’t remember your special day thinking of a wedding boat? contact us and we will organize something unforgettable…

Tourist information

INFO POINT - Via Albertolli 7 - Como

tel. +39 031 304137 / 031 4493068 – 031 269712 mail: infopointcomo@comune.como.it