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
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!
- Featured accommodation
- Distance from airports
Milan Malpensa 56 km
- Railway stations
Como San Giovanni