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Lake Como – Northern Italy at its most beautiful

All year round, Lake Como is a charming destination for those who love nature and still don’t want to miss out on luxury. A pleasant Mediterranean climate, a magnificent mountain backdrop, characteristic villages and luxurious villas characterize the region around Lake Como.

Fascinating destination in the north of Italy

Lake Como, Varenna
Lake Como in Varenna, Image: Julian Wiskemann / shutterstock

With an area of 146 km², Lake Como presents itself as the third largest lake in Italy. Already in ancient times the Isola Comacina, the only island of the lake, was inhabited. A large number of stately-looking villas date back to the 15th century and provide sophisticated flair in many places. Today, the lake attracts celebrities from all over the world who maintain a holiday home on Lake Como. The region is also known for the numerous health resorts that lie on the northern Italian lake. In addition to wonderful conditions for hikers and climbers, the region is also a paradise for water sports enthusiasts, golfers and connoisseurs.

Como – the metropolis

If you are planning a holiday on Lake Como, you should definitely visit the city of Como. The picturesque old town is the city’s flagship. During a stroll through the old town, visitors come across the cathedral, which was built from 1396 to 1740. Today it is considered a landmark of the city and impresses not only with its architecture, but also with numerous works of art inside the cathedral. Also worth seeing is the sacred building Basilica of San Fedele, which was built in the 12th century. Of course, Como is also the “shopping city” on Lake Como and invites you to stroll, browse and enjoy with its pedestrian zone. A special highlight is also the Civico Museo Garibaldi, which was dedicated to the national hero and freedom fighter Giuseppe Garibaldi. Other attractions include Villa Olmo, the Silk Museum, the Tempio Voltiano, and the Santissima Annunziata.

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Bellagio – the pearl of Lake Como

Lake Como, Villas
The villas on Lake Como, Image: Julija Sulkovska / shutterstock

The former fishing village of Bellagio is now one of the most beautiful places on the shores of Lake Como. Narrow streets lead through the medieval town centre and are lined with colourful urban canyons. Due to the hillside location of the village, there are also numerous stairways leading away from the lake. The Villa Serbelloni from the 18th century is also particularly worth seeing. It is known for its gardens, which are among the most beautiful in the country and are adorned with exotic plants. Also in Bellagio is the Villa Melzi with its English gardens. If you walk past the famous Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the lake at the northern tip of the headland.

Lecco – a place with a modern character

Once industrial, the town of Lecco has developed into an attractive holiday destination on Lake Como. The village presents itself with a modern pedestrian zone and is one of the attractions of the lake thanks to its special flair. In the centre of the town there is a cable car that leads to the Piani d’Erna plateau. The plateau offers a magnificent view and is an ideal starting point for hikes. In the village itself, there are numerous shops, restaurants and cafés, so that you can enjoy life here.

Termezzo – in the footsteps of the European nobility

Lake Como Spring
Lake Como in spring, Image: Heinz Beilharz / shutterstock

Termezzo was once part of the defensive ring of the island of Comacina in the Middle Ages and was largely destroyed between 1118 and 1127. The village took off at the end of the 19th century, when the European nobility discovered the place for themselves. Since then, Termezzo has been one of the most famous places on Lake Como and still attracts prominent guests today. A stroll along the lakeside promenade and further along the lakeshore is particularly impressive, as there are magnificent villas with beautiful gardens.

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Suitable accommodation for every type of holiday

Varenna at night
Varenna at night, Image: Julian Wiskemann / shutterstock

Around Lake Como, you can spend a tailor-made holiday. Active holidaymakers, water sports enthusiasts, those in need of relaxation as well as connoisseurs get their money’s worth in the region. As diverse as the possibilities for holiday planning are, so are the accommodations on Lake Como. Whether you are looking for a small and cosy hotel or a stay in a luxury hotel, a holiday apartment on Lake Como or a holiday home, there is a wide range of accommodation to choose from. However, since a holiday on Lake Como is still very popular, planning should be done in good time in order to enjoy the freest possible choice of accommodation. However, if you are flexible, you can also book suitable accommodation at short notice, but a portion of luck is required, especially in the high season.

The perfect time to visit Lake Como

Basically, many tourists from all over the world are drawn to Lake Como in the summer months, but a stay at the lake also has its charm in the low season. If you don’t necessarily want to spend a beach holiday on the beaches of the lake, you can also spend a wonderful active holiday here all year round. Especially in spring, the northern Italian landscape is extremely worth seeing, because the rich flora provides a sea of flowers, so that hikes through the region are very pleasant. But a holiday on Lake Como is also a good idea in the autumn and winter months, because thanks to the mild temperatures and significantly fewer tourists, the region can be enjoyed to the fullest outside the holiday season.