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BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN LAKE COMO

MUST-SEE PLACES IN LAKE COMO

Are you planning your Lake Como vacation and are wondering about the best places to visit in Lake Como? Well, todays your lucky day because in this blog post, we will provide travel tips on where to go in Lake Como.

Located in Northern Italy, close to Milan and Bergamo, it is easily reachable and since it is surrounded by towering mountains and gorgeous shorelines that are dotted with picturesque villages and gorgeous parks & gardens, its easy to understand why this beautiful lakeside oasis is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe!

Not only is Lake Como adored for its stunning lakeside views, but also for its warm and desirable Mediterranean climate. Lake Como is the perfect vacation spot to add to your list of travels! And with so many interesting sites to see, from Bellagio to Argegno, there is plenty to do and something for everyone in this charming corner of Italy. So pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable vacation.

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TIP: Please keep in mind, that most (if not all) parks and gardens are closed on Mondays. Also, in the winter months, some attractions are not open. Please double-check when planning your trip.

10 Most Beautiful Places in Lake Como

Without further ado, here are the top places to visit in Lake Como.

Bellagio | A MustSee in Lake Como

Situated at the tip of a rugged peninsula that juts out into Lake Como, Bellagio has long been prized for its stunning natural setting. The town’s winding streets and alleyways are filled with quaint cafes and shops, while its lakeside promenade offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

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Visitors to Bellagio can enjoy a variety of activities, from exploring the stunning old town with the famous staircase to lakeside boat rides or even hiking in the nearby foothills!

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This town has so much to offer and is a mustsee for anyone visiting Lake Como! And since no trip to Bellagio would be complete without taking a dip in the refreshing waters (there is a lido just a few hundred meters from the harbor), be sure to set some time aside for a short swim. Also, the famous Villa Melzi and Villa Serbelloni are worth a visit! Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or an actionpacked vacation, Bellagio is one of the most beautiful places at Lake Como.

HOW TO GET THERE:

  • From Como, you can take a regular ferry (2 hours), a fast ferry (1 hour), or a bus (about 1). By car, it takes about 1 hour as well.

Varenna | The Beautiful Villa Monastero

Located in the heart of Lake Como, Varenna is a charming medieval village that offers visitors a wealth of things to see and do.

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Villa Monastero

From exploring the charming streets and walking along the lakeshore to visiting the Villa Monastero, there is no shortage of ways to spend a day in Varenna!  The Villa Monastero, in particular, is a mustsee for anyone visiting the area. This stunning villa dates back to the 12th century and is known for its beautiful gardens and lakeshore views!  With its stunning gardens, sweeping views of the lake, and imposing architecture, the villa is one of the most iconic sights in Lake Como!

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And for those looking for a more active experience, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking and biking in the area surrounding Varenna. So if youre looking for an ideal place to relax and enjoy Lake Comos beauty, Varenna and Villa Monastero are the places to be!

HOW TO GET THERE:

  • The best and easiest way to get to Varenna is from Como: You can take a regular ferry (15 minutes). Getting there by car/bus only will make your journey extremely long (50 minutes) due to the geography of the lake.

Como | The Main City in the Area

Como is a beautiful city in Northern Italy that sits on the shores of Lake Como. The Cathedral of Como is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, and it is well worth a visit. The cathedral is situated in the center of Como, and it dates back to the 14th century.

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The building is absolutely stunning, and it is filled with beautiful art and architecture. Inside the cathedral, there are three naves, and the ceiling is adorned with frescoes. There is also a beautiful clock tower that overlooks the city.

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Visitors can also take a boat ride on Lake Como, which is an incredibly stunning experience. The views from the lake are absolutely breathtaking, and it is a great way to see some of the other villages that dot the shoreline. Overall, Como is a nice place, but the Cathedral of Como is definitely one of its highlights.

HOW TO GET THERE:

  • Como has a train station which makes it one of the best accessible places in Lake Como. You can get there from Milan by train in just 40 minutes. 

Brunate | A Hilltop Getaway

Nestled high in the hilltop of Northern Italy, the scenic town of Brunate offers panoramic views of Lake Como.The town is accessible by a funicular railway from the lakeside town of Como.

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Visitors can explore the winding streets and charming shops, or take a cable car up to the observation deck for even more spectacular views.There are also plenty of hiking and biking trails in the area, making Brunate the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy some fresh mountain air.

And of course, no visit to Brunate would be complete without enjoying a delicious gelato or cappuccino at one of the many cafes dotting the town.

The best time to visit Brunate is during the spring or fall when the weather is warm and sunny – and not hot yet. However, even during the winter months, the town is still worth a visit for its stunning scenery and tranquil atmosphere.

HOW TO GET THERE:

  • From Como, take the funicular to get to the top. It is just a short funicular ride (7-minutes) and a return ticket for adults is about 6€. Alternatively, you can also hike one way.

Pigra | The Place For the Views

Pigra is a municipality in the province of Como in the Lombardy region of Italy. Located on the southwestern shore of Lake Como, about 10 kilometers north of Como, this small town has a lot to offer, but mostly it is about the views. Visitors can expect to find a variety of activities and attractions in Pigra.

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HOW TO GET THERE:

  • From Como, take the bus to the town of Argegno and then take the funicular to get to the top. It is just a short funicular ride (4 minutes) and a return ticket for adults is about 5€. Hiking down is quite popular amongst visitors.

Villa del Balbianello | A HistoryLovers Paradise

Villa del Balbianello is one of the most popular attractions in Lake ComoSituated on a wooded promontory, the villa offers stunning views of the lake and mountains beyond.

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It is one of the most ancient villas on Lake Como and it dates back to the 16th century while it was completed in the 18th century. Visitors can explore the villas gardens and enjoy a tour of the house that takes you through some of its most important rooms, including the library, which houses the 20th centurys owner, Guido Monzinos collection of books on exploration!

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It has hosted writers, scholars, and travelers and it was also the filming location for the James Bond movie Casino Royale in 20o6. And if youre looking to slow things down, the gardens are beautifully landscaped with several walks available to enjoy.

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Of course, no visit to Villa del Balbianello would be complete without taking in the views from the terraceone of the best vantage points in Lake Como!

HOW TO GET THERE + TIPS

  • From Como, take the ferry or the bus to Lenno. From there, you have to do an additional 20-minute walk to the garden. You can take a water taxi (not included in the day passes for ferries) that drops you off at the lower garden entrance.
  • The ticket price for adults is about 11€ for the garden and another 11€ for the villa.
  • It is closed on Mondays

Lake Pusiano | A Peaceful Getaway

If youre looking for a breathtaking lake to visit near Lake Como, look no further than Lake Pusiano! This beautiful lake is surrounded by rolling hills and lush forests, making it the perfect place to enjoy some peace and quiet

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There are also plenty of activities to keep you busy, including hiking, swimming, and kayakingThe best part about Lake Pusiano is that its relatively unknown, so you wont have to worry about crowds of tourists – the litte island in the middle of the lake (accessible via electric boats) is an absolute highlight.

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However, there are still plenty of mustsee attractions, such as the 15thcentury church of San Pietro and the Sanctuary of Madonna del Lago. So whether youre looking for a relaxing getaway or an adventurefilled vacation, be sure to add Lake Pusiano to your list!

HOW TO GET THERE:

  • From Como, take the bus to Bindella – Canavèe (about 1 hour). From there, it is a short walk to the lake. 
  • By car, it should take about 30-60 minutes.

Nesso | Quaint Historic Charm

Nestled on the shores of Lake Como, the charming village of Nesso is a mustsee for any visitor to the area. Located between Como and Bellagio, Nesso offers a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

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Visitors to Nesso can enjoy a variety of activities, including hiking, biking, and picnicking in the beautiful surrounding countryside – there is even a waterfall in Nesso, the Cascata del Budanchen. The village is also home to a number of historical landmarks you can visit, including the Archpriest Church of Sts. Peter and Paul or the Chiesa Di Santa Maria di Vico.

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And if you enjoy soaking up the charm of quaint tourist towns, prepare to be enchanted by Nessos narrow streets lined with colorful houses, its picturesque stone bridges!

HOW TO GET THERE:

  • Hop on the bus and enjoy a scenic bus ride (about 50 minutes) or take the ferry from places like Como or Bellagio.

Torno | A Taste of True Italy

Settled on the shores of Lake Como, Torno is a charming town that offers visitors a taste of true Italian living. Stroll through the cobbled streets and youll find yourself surrounded by historic buildings and lively cafes.

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Be sure to visit the historic church of Santa Tecla which is located in Torno’s Piazza Casartelli or the Cimitero di Torno. If youre looking for some lakeside relaxation, head to Lido di Torno, a popular spot for swimming and sunbathing.For those who enjoy hiking, there are plenty of trails to explore in the surrounding mountains. No matter what your interests are, youre sure to find something to love in Torno.

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You can easily combine a trip to Torno with Nesso since both are located quite close to each other.

HOW TO GET THERE:

  • It takes about 30 minutes by bus from Como or 20 minutes from Nesso. You can also take the ferry from places like Como, Bellagio, or Nesso.

Argegno | For The Outdoor Enthusiast

Argegno is a small town located on the western shore of Lake Como in Italy. The town is situated at the base of a mountain, and visitors can take a cable car to the top (Pigra) for breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding countryside.

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There are also several hiking trails in the area, making it a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to its natural beauty, Argegno is also home to several restaurants and cafes, as well as a few shops selling local artisanal products.

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Visitors can also take a ferry from Argegno to other towns along the lake, making it an ideal base for exploring the region. Whether you’re after stunning scenery or beautiful architecture, Argegno has something to offer everyone.

HOW TO GET THERE:

  • It takes about 45 minutes by bus from Como or 20 minutes from Lenno (so you can combine it with a trip to Villa del Balbianello and Pirga). You can also take the ferry from places like Como, Lenno, or Bellagio.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE TOP TOURIST DESTINATIONS AT LAKE COMO

If youre looking for a breathtaking escape, consider planning a trip to Lake Como. With its stunning lakeside views, charming villages, and abundance of activities to enjoy, Lake Como is the perfect destination for a vacation you won’t forget! So what are you waiting for? Start packing and plan for a scenic, one-of-a-kind experience!

Need inspiration for your Lake Como travel plans? Check out my 2-day Lake Como Itinerary where I go over the best things to do in Lake Como!

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