A day in Lake Como

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.

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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.

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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!).

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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.

 

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8 Comments

  1. valerie fuchs
    September 7, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    Great article! Thanks
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    On Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 8:43 AM, T W E N T Y F O U R wrote:
    > lterroni posted: “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” >

  2. Momma To Go
    September 8, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    I am lucky because my cousin and aunt live in Lecco, right on the lake, so we visit often! You can even take a ferry across the lake that is an easy way to get around! Love these pics, such a beautiful city you saw!

    • February 5, 2018 / 8:09 am

      Ohh lucky you! That region is simply magical in my opinion, and I find the ferry rides to be the best way to enjoy it

  3. Sarah
    September 8, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous! I kick myself for not visiting Lake Como while I was living in Florence. It’s always been a top wish list destination. I will file this away for when I actually go. Thanks!

    • February 5, 2018 / 8:11 am

      You lived in Florence? How amazing that must have been. At least you have a good excuse to return to Italy, which is always a great idea

  4. September 9, 2017 / 1:45 am

    Your pictures are gorgeous. I absolutely love Italy but have not made it to Lake Como yet. It is on my list though!

    • February 5, 2018 / 8:11 am

      Hope you will make there very soon, you will love it!

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