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Lawrence Fraser, Reservations Manager

"Lake Como is home to a picture postcard landscape brimming with things to see and do. Jump on a ferry to explore the charming villages along the 46 kilometre long lake or stroll along the promenades and piazzas to take in the quaint markets and cafes. The region is famed for its silk production dating back 4,000 years and provides Europe with 70% of its silk product. Browse through reputable designs in one of many local boutique shops for an elegant souvenir."

Lake Como at a glance

Surrounded by mountains and resting on one of the deepest lakes in Europe, Como possesses a unique elegance and sense of history that is complemented by its beautiful landscape. With its grand villas, historic monuments, chic designer shops and spas, Lake Como is a luxury short break retreat that will indulge the senses.

Regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe and popular since Roman times as a sanctuary for the wealthy and aristocratic, Lake Como boasts many exquisite villas and palaces along its shore where the well-known members of Roman society once built their homes. Many of the buildings date back to the 16th and 17th century and boast elaborately decorated gardens, some of which have become part of the Grandi Giardini Italiani, a collection of well-preserved Italian gardens open for visitors to enjoy.

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • A peaceful short break
  • Picturesque setting
  • Luxury short break

Getting around

A public bus network operates from Como to Menaggio.

There is also a public ferry service that runs from Como to various towns on the lake. Other boat services include a slow boat with outside deck (battello), the high speed hydrofoil (aliscafo) and a car ferry (traghetto).

Dining in Lake Como

Lake Como’s restaurant scene has evolved along with the rise of the Lake’s elitist identity. Restaurants are becoming more international, and definitely more edgy, but all serve with the best produce available. You’ll find lakeside eateries offering lunches and dinners located everywhere from Como to the more remote villages on the lake. The dining experience in Lake Como is flawless, choose to dine on a baroque floral balcony which is the norm in Lake Como, and the most enchanting scenic views will keep you company.

Must-try local dishes:

  • Lake Como Perch – Lake Como perch is a very nutrition-dense fish with low fats and rich in protein and omega-3. This is a must-try dish and you can find this cooked in a risotto or pasta matched with butternut, sage and parmesan.
  • Brasato di Cinghiale Selvatico – Braised wild boar is a favourite in Lake Como.
  • Fragole con Gelato – Sliced fresh strawberries are served atop of fine Italian ice cream.


The Lake Como shopping experience is wonderful and charming, many intriguing shops are located on atmospheric streets. There are also a handful of designer outlet stores in the centre.

Get your tailor-made short break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Lake Como designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice (not just Saturday to Saturday!)
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of Lake Como hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Languages Italian
Currency Euro
Visa Information No visa required for UK citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Interesting facts

Hire a boat and visit some of the stunning resorts on the lakeside - you can have lunch in Bardolino and afternoon tea in Sirmione!

Distance from airports
Milan Malpensa 56 km
Railway stations
Como San Giovanni

Tours and Excursions

Domaso Wine Tasting

Located in a splendid villa with spectacular surroundings, this small winery has been transformed by its young owners over the past decade. During your visit you will learn some of the history of the family as well as the wine making process and sample three local fine wines accompanied by bread, cheese and cold meats. (Transfers not included)

Lezzeno and the Devil's Bridge 

Take a hike with your specialist guide from Devil’s Bridge to the village of Lezzeno and enjoy stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Close to Bellagio, but little visited, this is an area steeped in legend with a mysterious beauty. The walk takes place on mountain paths, mostly easy with some moderate ascents.        

We would be happy to arrange an excursion for you. To discuss options with a member of our knowledgeable team or to book, please contact us on 0131 243 8098.