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The glittering shores of Lake Como have long beguiled generations of visitors with beautiful vistas of deep blue waters, wooded hillsides and elegant villas. From European aristocrats to the Hollywood glitterati it's easy to see why Como became their summer destination of choice. Shaped like an upside-down Y, the three arms of the lake converge at the attractive town of Bellagio, often referred to as the pearl of the lake with its café lined waterfront and port of bobbing fishing boats. Other lakeside towns such as Tremezzo, Varenna and Menaggio are particularly picturesque, boasting luxurious lakeside villas and spectacular gardens that are sure to delight. Finally, at the southwestern tip the prosperous town of Como boasts a delightful medieval core complete with winding streets and charming boutiques.

This large, wishbone-shaped lake exudes class. I like the historic, residential districts of the resort towns on the shores. The lake itself is encircled with lavish, private villas and gardens – best admired from a boat.

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Places to visit in Lake Como

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Lake Como, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring Lake Como

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Lake Como, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Lake Como

Places & hotels on the map

    Places in and around Lake Como

    Accommodation choices for Lake Como

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Lake Como. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Il Sereno Hotel, Torno

      Il Sereno Hotel

      Deluxe

      Located on the shores of Lake Como, Il Sereno offers a very modern design and exceptional views. The property is located in a quiet village on Lake Como but it’s just a short distance to the livelier Como.

    • Hotel Belvedere, Bellagio

      Hotel Belvedere

      Medium

      Hotel Belvedere welcomes guests into this expansive and elegant family property. It is located a few minutes away from the heart of Bellagio and has extensive gardens where guests can unwind in while enjoying spectacular lake and mountain views.

    • Palazzo del Vice Re, Lezzeno

      Palazzo Del Vice Re

      Medium

      The Palazzo del Vice Re feels like a home rather than a hotel. Located in the town of Lezzeno, with woods surrounding it from one side and vibrant lake waters on the other, this property is a wonderful place to unwind and enjoy the Lakes District.

    • Mandarin Oriental, Blevio

      Mandarin Oriental

      First Class

      Located within a series of 19th-century former villas, the vibrant hotel Mandarin Oriental Lake Como provides a tranquil lakeside retreat. Extensive grounds offer an abundance of quiet spots to relax and take in the views of the lake and mountains.

    • Palace Hotel, Como

      Palace Hotel

      Medium

      With its majestic lakefront façade, the Palace Hotel is well located in central Como for exploring the lake and surrounding areas.

    • Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Tremezzina

      Grand Hotel Tremezzo

      Deluxe

      Opened in 1910, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo is one of the jewels of Lake Como. With beautiful gardens and views across the water to Bellagio, this hotel exudes sophistication and charm.

    • Hotel Villa Flori, Como

      Hotel Villa Flori

      Medium

      Perched overlooking the waters of Lake Como, Hotel Villa Flori is a stylish 19th-century villa that has been converted into a beautiful hotel.

    Ideas for experiencing Lake Como

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Lake Como, and which use the best local guides.

    • Villa Carlotta, Lake Como

      A private boat tour of Lake Como

      Lake Como

      Explore Lake Como on a private boat tour, passing lakeside villages and elegant villas. You will stop off at stunning Villa Carlotta and the pictureseque town of Bellagio.

    • Views from kayak, Lake Como

      Lake Como by kayak

      Lake Como

      Following a local guide, you’ll explore Lake Como from the water on this two-hour kayaking tour. As well as getting an unusual perspective of the lake’s sparkling waters and the surrounding Alps, you’ll pass grand villas as you paddle.