Lake Como is located in Lombardy, Italy, set against the foothills of the Alps. It is by far the most spectacular lake of the region, with many ancient towns and stunning villas. It’s depth (average of 154 meters) gives Lake Como its remarkable blue color.
Spring and autumn are the best time to visit Lake Como. The weather is comfortable and it is less crowded, making it ideal for exploring.
We made our drive from Milan early in the morning, trust me this is the only way to feel like you have the entire lake to yourself! We started in Varenna, a colorful fishing village that dates back from the 11th century. This town is very relaxed compared to its neighbor Bellagio, where one will simply enjoy a stroll along side the lake, explore the narrow streets and traditional Italian architecture.
After walking through all the beautiful cobble stone streets, stopping at one of their cozy cafes for cappuccinos and getting fresh sandwiches from a bakery, we took a ferry to Menaggio on the opposite side of Lake Como
We returned for the second time to Villa del Balbianello. This place is a farytale and one of the most famous sights in Lake Como due to its prestigious location, views and perfectly groomed gardens. Many movies have been shot there, including Casino Royal and Star Wars.
After a busy morning exploring, we were ready to eat a lot of Italian food! La Fagurida is a family-run restaurant situated at the top of a hill close to Tremezzo. It is famous with the locals for its traditional dishes.
The menu is small and simple, a must try is the polenta uncia (cooked in cheese, butter, garlic, sage), home made cheeses and tiramisu. Sitting at their terrace will ensure the best views of the lake and mountains.
Later making our way back to Tremezzo, we walked along side the shore found a small secluded beach to enjoy the sunny day and try to live that fabulous Italian life (for the rest of the day at least!).
How to get to Lake Como
Renting a car is the most convenient and best way to explore Lake Como, this is always how we visit it. A short one hour drive from Milan takes you to Como town, where scenic roads along the shore will guide you to other towns.
But if driving is not your thing, no worries. Train runs regularly from Milan to Como and other cities like Lecco and Varenna. And also daily boat and ferry rides are an easy way to get from town to town. They will also offer you a completely different perspective of this magical place.