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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 travelers. 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

    Our expert guides to exploring Lake Como

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Lake Como, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Lake Como at its best.

    • A guide to the regions of Italy
      Local fishing boats, Lake Como

      A guide to the regions of Italy

      A guide to the regions of Italy

      A tour of a private palazzo, or a cooking class with a Sorrento grandmother? We highlight the major sights and unearth lesser-known attractions for some of our best-loved Italian regions, spotlighting tours that really explore their character.

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    • Honeymoons in Italy
      Gondola ride, Venice

      Honeymoons in Italy

      Honeymoons in Italy

      Having got married in Tuscany, specialist Eva outlines some of the best honeymoon options across Italy. Would you and your spouse-to-be prefer pampering on the Amalfi Coast or living la dolce vita in Venice, Rome and Florence?

      7 min read

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    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.

    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.

    • A private boat tour of Lake Como
      Villa Carlotta, Lake Como

      A private boat tour of Lake Como

      A private boat tour of 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 picturesque town of Bellagio.

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    • Lake Como by kayak
      Views from kayak, Lake Como

      Lake Como by kayak

      Lake Como by kayak

      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.

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