Lake Como – Italy’s Most Popular Tourist Destination

Lake Como – Italy’s Most Popular Tourist Destination 

Lake Como – Italy’s Most Popular Tourist Destination 
Lake Como – Italy’s Most Popular Tourist Destination

Lake Como is situated  in strategic location surrounded by stunning French and Swiss Alps in northern Italy.  This lake originated from glacier has a upside-down Y shape surrounded by wooded hills, snow-clad Alps, and quaint Italian towns which is considered to be the most deepest lake of Europe. Lake Como is not only most popular tourist destination of Italy but it attracts A-lister celebrities, Hollywood personalities and aristocrats from all over the world.  Serving as one of the world’s most popular holiday destination, this lake can turn any ordinary man into artist/poet.  Famous poet P.B. Shelly also felt in love with this lake and praised about Lake Como in its poetry – “This Lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty.”  

Because of stunning sceniclandscape, fresh mountain air, spectacular beauty of nature, Lake Como have residences/historical villas of many celebrities like George Clooney, Sylvester Stallone and Richard Branson, Madonna etc.  During your holidays, who know, you may end up in brushing shoulders with famous personalities, who owns lake side villas. 

Lake Como – Italy’s Most Popular Tourist Destination 
Villa ERBA

The famous towns which are worth visiting and are located on the shores of Lake Como are – 

BELLAGIO – Bellagio is a beautiful little photogenic town located on the intersection of 3 branches of Y shaped lake. It is known for historic and charming promenades, gardens, Villa Serbelloni and Villa Metsi. Can be reached through ferry from nearby town or road routes.  It is also known as “Pearl of the Lake.”

Lake Como – Italy’s Most Popular Tourist Destination 

 COMO – Located on southern end of Lake,  it is the main city of all towns on shore of Lake Como.  We made Lake Como as our base and stayed here in lakeside hotel. Lake Como city is famous from ancient times for its 14th century Duomo, built according to Gothic & Renaissance styles. This city has great shopping atmosphere with availability of all luxury brands as it is very close to Milan(hosts top International fashion houses). Also it is home of Italian Silk Manufacturing hub. 

Lake Como – Italy’s Most Popular Tourist Destination 
Lake Como
Lake Como – Italy’s Most Popular Tourist Destination 
Attractions in Lake Como

MENAGGIO  Lying on the foothills of Alps, Menaggio has many lively beautiful resorts.  Popular with travel enthusiasts for walking along the lake, hiking Alps, windsurfing and rock climbing. This town has Villa del Balbbanello in the village Lenno, where Star Wars Episode Two – Attack of Clones was shot.  Also known as Picture Post card city of Lake Como.

VARENNA – A very small town located on eastern shore of Lake Como is a very peaceful, relaxed and beautiful place.  There is medieval castle with lush green gardens in this town.  Villa Cipressi and Villa Monastero are worth visiting villas in this town.

Lake Como – Italy’s Most Popular Tourist Destination 
Villa Cipressi

 TREMEZZO  – Very little town just across Bellagio known for its famous attraction Villa Carlotta with its spectacular waterfront botanical garden. 

 I visited all the these towns by Hop-On, Hop-Off ferry instead of car or bus.  As I wanted to enjoy my all time on waters with spectacular views of lakeside luxurious palatial villas, scenic mountains, greenery and quaint towns.  It was chilly somewhat because everything was covered with snow.  Mostly Lake Como is preferred in summers, but we did our Lake Como tour in month of February which is cold and freezing. 

This town is recommended majorly for nature lovers. Lake Como is basically for those who love countryside, cobbled street quaint towns, view of colorful houses on slopes of Alps, peaceful, relaxed and laid back life style.  That is why Lake Como is known as one of the most relaxed destinations of the world.  Inhale the pure and fresh mountain air with deep fragrances of cypress, olives, oranges and pine trees 

How to reach Lake Como – Italy’s Most Popular destination

  • Nearest International Airport – MILAN (MILANO).
  • From Milan you can reach here by several ways like rail/trains, buses, car or bikes.
  • Trentalia , Eu-rail or Intercity trains runs from Milan to Lake Como. Trains takes 1.5 hours to reach Lake Como from Milan and around 6 Euro per person. The distance from Milan to Lake Como is approximately 40 km. Beware, there are 3 stations in Lake Como – Como Nord Lago, Como San Giovanni and Como Nord Borghi. Get down at the station which is closer to your stay. 
  • Rent a car is available at Milan airport to reach here.

Commuting in Lake Como and its surrounding towns – Common city Pass is available which can be used in public ferries and buses. Day pass is valid for whole  day with multiple number of visits.  These ferries are best option to do inter-town tours. Also public buses is another option to reach one town to another. 

Best tips –

  • When going to Lake Como from any city nearby, do it in day time as the route is very scenic and I recommend that don’t miss that scenic view either from train or from car/bus.
  • Summers are more lively and beautiful but very expensive too. So if you want to save some cost, then go for off season.
  • Ferry rides is must to visit little towns on the shore of Lake Como
  • Stay in a lake side hotel, with a lake facing room or take a room with a view of lakes and mountain.
  • Specialized Villa tours are available which can be checked on their personal website for timings and other vital information.  
  • Ideal for Destination weddings or other Events.


So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………



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  1. I have been to Como and Bellagio once when I was interrailing in Italy with a friend. To be honest, I didnt remember a lot but your post just brought me back some memories of us taking the bus to Bellagio eating ice-cream while hoping to catch a glimpse of an actor, then the ride on funicular above Como AND how little impress we were with the lake to the rest of the Italy. Dont get me wrong, we were like 25 and foolish, lived by one of the most beautiful lake in Switzerland (so we were comparing) and we only stayed one night! If I get back to lake Como now, over 10 years later, I am sure I will preciate this world-famous Italian lake! The other villages around the Como lake like Varenna and Tremezzo sounds just idyllic!

  2. The beautiful Lago di Como! Your post brings back so many nice memories. We have visited it last summer and saw all these places. Especially Varenna and Bellagio are such charming places in my opinion. I like the impressions from your photos, the Winter touch gives them a very special magic, so beautiful. I totally agree with you, having a lake side hotel with view should be mandatory. Wake up and see this lake embedded in the mountains is something you will never forget.

  3. I loved seeing Lake Como when I was last there. It looks so pretty covered in all the snows, especially the stunning Baroque villas there. Great information on the nearby towns like Menaggio, I had no idea about Star Wars being filmed there, how cool!

  4. I lived in Italy 20 years ago for almost one year, but unfortunately I didn’t go to Lake Como. I preferred the southern Mediterranean places and got beautiful memories from there. However, if I turn back to Italy, I will definitely go to Lake Como. your post has really inspired me to find more things about this place.

  5. Lake Como is an amazing region of Italy. I’m sure seeing it in the winter was also wonderful and you have many different experiences from people only coming in the summer 🙂 My hubby wants to go the car show there next year!

  6. I have been frequently seeing photos of Lake Como and there is no wonder why it’s a popular tourist destination in Italy. It is gorgeous with the background of French and Swiss Alps and all of the towns look charming. I am a nature lover and I can’t wait to visit this place someday! I will most probably do the Hop-on Hop-off ferry too to visit all of the towns.

  7. No wonder the poets and everyone else falls in love with the lake. It is quite a beautiful one. Among all the towns you have described Bellagio appeals to me the most. For its heritage and natural setting. Thanks for sharing the details of the lake.

  8. my wildest dream is to own a villa and a luxury yacht docked in Lake Como and have lunch with Alma & George Clooney. This has renewed my dream thank you – I love the pictures

  9. That is a very informative read for me because I did not know that there are so many and such lovely little towns located on Lake Como and you can choose any one of them to experience the lake. I love Bellagio the most, based on your pictures, although all of them look pretty cute and charming. Thanks for this, not sure when I will make it to Italy again but when I do, I will definitely visit Lake Como.

  10. Ah, Lake Como. I’ve wanted to visit this place ever since the Star Wars prequels came out. Some of the scenes from Naboo were filmed at Villa del Balbianello, overlooking Lake Como. It’s so beautiful and I love the idea of a hop-on-hop-off ferry!

  11. A couple of years back I went all the way up to Milan, but skipped a visit to Lake Como, and chose instead to move on to Austria and Switzerland. Your photographs look great and serve as irritating reminders of what I missed by skipping Lake Como. 🙂

  12. I didnt realize Lake Como was Italy’s most popular destination. I assumed that was Rome or Venice. But I see why! It’s absolutely stunning. Adding to my bucket list!

  13. I’ve never heard of Lake Como, but your lovely post and super amazing pictures have convinced me to add it to my bucket list. The views are simply breathtaking! I like the idea of Hop-On Hop-Off ferry. It’s a great way to explore the city with splendid views around that transport you to a magical world. No wonder it’s the favourite of celebrities and poets. Lake Como is itself a personification of poetry. Thanks for introducing me to this poetic beauty!

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