Must Do

Photo: Brunate Funicular

A very popular excursion from the city is the ascent by funicular to the village of Brunate. This fun train made its first journey in 1894 and still today, every 30 minutes, it links the city with an extremely atmospheric…

Photo: Mistral Ristorante

The restaurant, reviewed by the best restaurant guides and holder of a star in the Michelin Guide, is directed by chef Ettore Bocchia, who is passionate about Mediterranean cuisine, known for his skill in seeking out ingredients of the highest quality, and a famous innovator of excellent cuisine.

Photo: Taio Burger

Taio Burger is located 5 minutes from Menaggio on the main Road in the direction of Lugano. Here you will find the only place in the area with authentic hamburgers, as well as delicious vegetarian options made with fresh ingredients and produce. Our location has ample parking and a large selection of beer including some local craft beer.

Photo: Agua Rafting

Agua rafting was born to propose something unique in the Lombardy, to show the beauty of Valtellina from an unusual point of view: the river. Come down the river with us. For us the river is life…

Photo: The Sacred Mount of Ossuccio

The Sacred Mount of Ossuccio is one of the nine sacri monti in the Italian regions of Lombardy and Piedmont which were inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2003. The devotional complex is located on a prealpine crag some 200 metres above the…

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Located in the middle of the walled town, the church was built between the 11th to the end of the 13th century and was possibly the first cathedral in Como. It features a complex planimetry including three short naves, provided with women's…

The San Eusebio church is located just before arriving at the village Peglio. It stands in a beautiful position, overlooking the lake. It is one of the most significant examples of the counter Reformation in the Como area. Inside you can admire the famous paintings created by Giovanni Mauro della Rovere  (called Fiammenghino) in the 17th…

Photo: La Pratolina Azienda Agricola

The Agriturismo Pratolina is located in the mountains at an altitude of 1100 meters in a small forested valley of the the Val d’Intelvi. To get there, you can leave your car in Posa, located above the town of Schignano at an altitude 830 meters and then…

The Gorge, created by the river Pioverna, is a natural canyon where giant bowls and incredible caves have been carved out by the water over the centuries. A concrete footbridge allows visitors to admire this beauty from an extremely unique…

Villa Serbelloni Gardens, not to be confused with the nearby Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, is a park situated high atop the promontory of Bellagio. In 1959, the property was given to the Rockefeller foundation as a conference centre. The…

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The hike, or more appropriately walk, to San Martino is relatively short at about 45 minutes up from Griante, or about 1 hour up from the shore of Lake Como. The views of Lake Como here are the best of anywhere on the Lake. See below for directions.

The Volta Lighthouse stands on a hill in San Maurizio, 150 metres above Brunate. From Brunate you can follow a walking path up to the lighthouse and it takes less than 30 minutes to walk there. You…

Conveniently serviced by Lake Como's ferries, Varenna is quieter and more laid back than Bellagio, and there are typically fewer tourists. It is a small picturesque 15th…

Near the top of the Ghisallo pass stands the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Ghisallo. Its name, according to the legend, comes from a certain "Ghisallo" who, in the Middle Ages, near the pass was attacked …

Villa Carlotta is a unique sanctuary of art and beauty with its magnificent botanical specimens and art masterpieces in over…

The Kilometer of Knowledge (Chilometro della Conoscenza) is a path on the western shore of Lake Como - a kilometer long - that starts from Villa Olmo, crosses a bridge through the municipality of Serre,…

Photo: Val Bodengo Canyoning

Enjoy yourselves discovering canyoning with us; there are many activities that can please every keen sport enthusiast and all nature lovers. We feature four tours that will interest everybody: beginner to expert. The beauty of the canyon and the fun you will find here are the most important points of this canyon, which attracts people…

Known as the Pearl of the lake due to its position on the tip of a peninsula, Bellagio is characterized by porticos, cobbled stepped streets, narrow alleyways, and shops selling local handicrafts, and the numerous bars and restaurants it is by far one of the most popular towns in…

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One of the finest examples of Lombard-Romanesque with an intact apse. The parish Church of San Giacomo (St. James) dates back to the 12th century. The rest of the structure has undergone numerous restorations, especially during the 18th century. Inside are valuable…

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A prominent natural arch located in Formazione di Esino is a unique opening on the side of a mountain. It is a relic of a previous large karst system in the…

Lago Darengo is a beautiful mountain lake situated at 1790 m. altitude. The ideal starting point is from Crotto Dangri (650 m) above Gravedona ed Uniti, 10 km away from Lake Como and 3 km after Livo village (be carefull on the last 3 km which…

Located on the western shore of Lake Como, Villa del Balbianello is perched on the point of the Dosso di Lavedo, a wooded promontory that juts out from the coastline to form a small peninsula. Villa del Balbianello is famous for its elaborate terraced gardens, and has been…

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Situated in a quiet alley of a residential neighborhood on the hill of Lecco. Converted from an old farmhouse in 1600, the setting of this Michelin starred restaurant is elegant, comfortable and intimate. The room…

Photo: Parco Val Sanagra

The splendid Parco Val Sanagra is a large territory rich with flora, fauna, and interesting antique rural settlements. In 2005, the unspoiled Sanagra Valley, situated in…

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Daniel Libeskind created this dazzling 16.5 meter (54 feet) high stainless steel sculpture near Piazza Cavour, Como. The public monument, the first contemporary work ever to be installed in Como, is an homage to famed scientist Alexander Volta who hails from the city. "It is an amazing honor to be able to give this work a home in one of…

People that climb on board a seaplane, have many various reasons other than being pilots. Most people want to simply experience the pleasure of being in the cockpit, and being able to observe the instrument panel, and help guide the aircraft. Other reasons can be to experience the speed, acceleration and movement on a three…

Photo: Lido di Cadenabbia

Beach club, restaurant, pool and tour services all available at this one of the more popular "Lidos" on Lake Como. Treat yourself to some sun and a long drink under an umbrella. The Lido di Cadenabbia offers tourists the…

Como is Lake Como's largest city where you will find shopping, works of art, churches, gardens, museums, theatres, parks and palaces. Places to go inlcude the Duomo, the Basilica of Sant'Abbondio, Villa Olmo, the Volta Temple and Museum, the Teatro Sociale, and the Broletto (the city's medieval…

Ossuccio is a small town home to less than 1000 people. It looks onto Lake Como’s only island Comancina while inshore the hills quickly ascend into mountains. The town is…

Villa Erba is a 19th-century villa in Cernobbio, on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. It serves as a world-renown conference centre and was the filming location for Ocean’s Twelve in 2004 and Gwen Stefani's single "Cool".…

Monte Barro, a beautiful and charming terrace overlooking the Brianza area and its lakes. It is surrounded by Lake Como, Lake Annone, Lake…

Photo: Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Grand Hotel Tremezzo is one of the oldest and loveliest luxury hotels on Lake Como, an authentic Art Nouveau palace that offers a warm inviting welcome and the delights of a true 5-star vacation. From its…

Photo: La Présef

In a small quiet corner, well cared for in every detail, we offer lunch and dinner in intimacy, surrounded by the warmth of the wood of pine. A different menu follows the seasons, created to excite, where tradition and the good products of the farm are always present, albeit with a touch of irreverent creativity! A Michelin starred…

A day trip to Milan from Como is only a 40 minute train ride, so if you the time to visit this historical city, rich in cultural heritage be sure to put it on your list. Counted amongst its more famous attractions is the Cathedral with a capacity of 40,000, Da Vinci’s famous Last Supper, shopping mecca, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, La…

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This sanctuary is part of a series of shrines along a one kilometer cobble stoned walkway. The shrines depict scenes of the Madonna’s and Christ’s life and are represented by frescos and natural size statues made of stucco and terracotta.…

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This villa’s botanical garden and house museum are open to the public. The gardens are terraced and feature a waterfront loggia and a Moorish pavilion. Villa Monastero is surrounded by a Garden with several rare botanical specimens. The Garden,…

Photo: La Locanda del Notaio

Situated in the lake region just a stone's throw from Switzerland, this Michelin star rated restaurant run by enthusiastic young staff boasts a superb location. Despite its description as a locanda (inn), the restaurant offers elegant dining rooms and imaginative cuisine in a secluded setting surrounded by greenery. Specialities: Basil…

Montepiatto is a small settlement of houses scattered in the mountains above Torno. After a windy path a several steep staircases, you'll be awarded with beautiful views of…

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