Best Things to Do in Lake Como in 2 Days
So, you are planning your Lake Como itinerary and are now wondering about the best things to do in Lake Como in 2 days?
Well, if so, you have found the perfect post as this quick guide will help you to find out what to do in Lake Como – the most beautiful places to visit and fun things to do.
Also, you will find some travel tips for your Lake Como itinerary.
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TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR LAKE COMO ITINERARY
Before heading to the Lake Como itinerary, here is some information for your Lake Como trip.
Where to Stay in Lake Como
After spending some time in Switzerland, it was still surprised to see that the prices in Como aren’t that different to Switzerland. Especially hotels are very expensive.
If you are looking for a hotel in the town of Como you will pay way more than if you opt for a hotel in one of the areas close by. I once stayed in Como directly and once in a eco hotel near Como.
However, if I visited Lake Como again, I would book a room in the town of Bellagio – Bellagio is the prettier town and slightly cheaper.
Here are some of the best places to stay around Lake Como:
WHERE TO STAY IN COMO:
One of the most luxurious hotels in Como is this 4-star property: Click here to find the best rates for Villa Flori.
If you want something more budget-friendly and decide to stay in Como, then why not check out one of the affordable but very well-rated B&B like the Fontana Rooms or La Rondine where you get good value for money.
WHERE TO STAY IN BELLAGIO:
If you stay in Bellagio and want to splurge then check out one of the most luxurious hotels in the area is this 5-star property: Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni – click here to get the best rates for Hotel Grand Villa Serbelloni
For a more budget-friendly accommodation in Bellagio check out Il Perlo Panorama in Bellagio – the 2-star hotel is simple but comes with fantastic views. Click here to get the best rates for Il Perlo Panorama
Find out more about an eco-hotel I stayed or check out my accommodation guide for Lake Como – best areas to stay and best hotels for all budgets.
What to Pack for your Lake Como Itinerary
The region can become extremely hot in the summer, so do not forget to pack some sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat and a lot of spare tops to change clothes for a hot summer day.
Italy is the country of beautiful and very stylish while still classy people. While I do think, you should dress as you wish, Italy – and Lake Como in particular – is the place to dress up. Click here for my full packing list.
How to Get Around Lake Como
Getting around by car is probably the most convent way BUT it is also possible to just get around by public transportation like buses or trains. There are also boats that get you around. So, whether you have a car or not, getting around Lake Como is in general quite easy.
Parking, on the other hand, is not very easy and pricey and many areas (like Como). So, if you don’t depend on your car, I just suggest using public transportation.
Booking Tours in Lake Como
Many activities mentioned here can be done without any tour guide and are even free, or do not cost a lot.
If you plan to do guided tours, I recommend GetYour Guide.
Lately, I have become a fan of GetYourGuide and so I started booking my own tours and activities mostly via them. So if you do not know them yet, try them out – you can book many tours all over the world via them, and they allow you (most of the time) to cancel tours for free (let´s face it, sometimes things just come in between).
I have added a few tours for you, so just click on the links/images if you are interested in the tours.
BEST THINGS TO DO IN LAKE COMO IN 2 DAYS
Here is how my perfect Lake Como itinerary looks like and this is what you can do in two days in Lake Como.
Lake Como comprises among others of the towns, Como and Bellagio and you´ll find tips for these towns as well as for some other places in Lake Como. I recommended starting with exploring Como and here are the best things to do in Como.
DAY 1 IN LAKE COMO
Okay, one of the must-see places is Como.
You should plan half a day to one full day for visiting the more prominent town, Como.
You can start with the old town of Como – it is a cute old town and town center with a beautiful cathedral – the Como Cathedral – and it is fun to get lost in the streets of Como.
Small cafes invite you to have a drink and take a rest while watching people strolling through the streets. I could spend hours with getting lost in the narrow streets and checking out the smaller shops.
However, though Como is lovely I admit that it is not mind-blowing, and it is also pretty expensive. For me, spending half a day in Como itself is enough and there also some other spots worth to be checked out.
(Tip: If you are into Italian food why not do a Como Food Tour? To find out more about it, click here to find out more about food tours in Lake Como)
Market Square & Promenade
Definitely put the market square with the promenade in Como on your list. It is one of the main tourist attraction in Como -where a lot of cafes and restaurants allow you to overlook the gorgeous lake. Again, the market square is nice but also not the most beautiful one I have been to in that region (aka Switzerland and also Italy).
The promenade is beautiful for walks – depending on your preferences you could spend a few minutes to several hours here.Though there is not something in particular interesting it is just a nice vibe.
The most prominent resident of Como is George Clooney – if you want to see his house (or better the villa of George Clooney), you can do a boat tour and see his and many more beautiful villas lined up at Lake Como (boat tour is my must-do if in Como).
The boat-tour in Como is actually one of the best things you can do in Lake Como or better on Lake Como. It is fun, though not free but great on a hot day. It includes Lake Como sightseeing and a cool breeze.
Since it can get really hot and humid this is the best chance to have a fresh breeze and see those million dollar houses at the lake. If you prefer it a bit calmer you could do a Dinner Cruise Tour on Lake Como.
After exploring Como for more than half a day it is time to visit this cute uphill town.
Besides the boat tour, I enjoyed my trip to Brunate the most, as a visit of Brunate is another top tip in Como. Brunate is a small village on the mountain – you´ll have great views, and walking around that little village is a little highlight.
It has about 1,800 residents, but in the summer months, when tourists rent houses and apartments, it gets much busier.
How to get from Como to Brunate?
You can use a cable car to get up and the cable car station is located quite central and next to the market square (I am sure you can also hike up Brunate, but I did not try that out due to laziness). If you are more into real hikes you can find some ideas for hikes in the Lake Como area here.
Tip: If you want to skip one of the above activities and are looking for an alternative, you can check out following ideas:
DAY 2 IN LAKE COMO
Day 2 can start with an excursion to Lake Pusiano.
If you are interested in visiting quieter places I recommend Lake Pusiano, a hidden gem in the region of Como.
Lake Pusiano is just close to Como and is not visited by many tourists (yet).
It is one of those little peaceful pieces on earth where time is standing still. Only a few boats are allowed on that lake and the island on that lake, Isola dei Cypressi, is a small island home to many animals – including little kangaroos and different kind of birds (dogs are usually not allowed).
Okay, time to start visiting my favorite area here which is most likely Bellagio.
It is the best place to add to your Lake Como itinerary- if you ask me. It is extremely pretty and though it is smaller than Como it is more colorful and I would say, more beautiful.
I fell in love with the old and prominent stairways of Bellagio and the beautiful promenade with many flower pots everywhere. The stairways are probably the main point of interest and there is a reason – walking down the stairs makes you feel pretty cool, or at least I felt cool :).
The beautiful promenade of Bellagio is another place to visit.
I did not get to spend that much time in Bellagio itself but if you enjoy sweet, romantic towns, and beautiful promenades – where you can have a drink in one of the numerous cafes – you will enjoy it as much as I did.
Let´s face it: Bellagio is more picturesque than Como.
Trattoria Baita Belvedere
My top tip is to eat at “Trattoria Baita Belvedere“ at the top of Bellagio, Italy. It seriously is the best place to visit in Bellagio to eat.
It has one of the most beautiful views for dining in Bellagio or probably the whole region, and the prices are affordable (organic and regional food).
Madonna del Ghisallo
Another thing to do in Bellagio: If you are interested in cycling and have some time left, you will enjoy a visit at the museum “Madonna del Ghisallo“. If you are not, then you will at least enjoy another great view on Lake Como 🙂
As you can see this Lake Como itinerary is quite busy if you only stay there for 48 hours, though it is doable if you have more time you could take more time and do these things in 3 or 4 days.
CONCLUSION: HOW TO CREATE A FUN LAKE COMO ITINERARY
Lake Como, located conveniently close to the German, Swiss and Austrian borders has become a popular spot for travelers and tourists from all over the world. If you stay longer than 2 days in Lake Como, then you can even do some fun day trips to Bergamo or Milan.
As mentioned at the beginning, Como is pretty but did not blow me away – Bellagio did, however. While there are more tourist attractions the above-mentioned places should not be missing on your 2-day Lake Como itinerary.
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