Lake Como Must See and Do

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Advisor - Ann Tan
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Ann Tan

  • Lake Como

  • Italy

  • Couples Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Lakeside

  • Romantic

  • Sightseeing

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Curator’s statement

We recently got married in Lake Como. It was our second time in the lake after our food tasting trip. Here are some of the recommendations we shared with our wedding guests.

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Things to do in Lake Como

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Lake Tours

Lake tours will allow you to see some the most beautiful villas of Lake Como including Villa Erba, Villa D’Este, Villa Fontanelle (former Versace Villa), Villa Pliniana, Villa Oleandra (George Clooney’s Villa) and Villa del Balbianello.

Enjoy stunning views of Comacina Island, the Roman bridge of Nesso, a cascading waterfall, and the majestic Alps in the background.

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Explore Towns around the Lake

Bellagio, referred to as the pearl of the lake with its centuries-old buildings, cobbled stairways and lanes. Restaurants and bars line the lakeside, where you can enjoy a meal or a drink overlooking the water and the surrounding mountains as well as the grand Villa Melzi.

A short walk along narrow stairways and paths leads you away from the heart of Bellagio to the small fishing port of Pescallo. From here, it's a scenic walk to Punta Spartivento, the very tip of the peninsula where the two arms of Lake Como meet. Looking north toward the Alps, the views are unrivaled with the distant peaks lording over the lake and surrounding hillside and forests.

Varenna and Menaggio also sit on the shore of the lake, not far from Bellagio. The three towns are linked by a ferry, forming the “golden triangle”.

Hiking and Biking

Spend long hours exploring the countryside on foot or by bike. The trails flank the lakeside or wind up and down the hills affording captivating glimpses or panoramic views over the blue lake waters. Try the Hike to San Martino.

Places to eat & drink in Lake Como

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Locanda La Tirlindana - Quaint Italian with French influences restaurant set in front of Comacina Island. Make sure to get lemon ravioli and pesto pasta!

Il Sereno Al Lago - Modern Italian restaurant perfect for a lunch stop while on your lake tour.

Veranda at Villa d’Este - Classic Italian fine dining with a nice view of the famous Villa d’Este gardens.

Ristorante alle Darsene di Loppia - Enjoy the tasting menu under the shade of the pergola next to the Villa Melzi entrance.

Advisor - Ann Tan

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For more Italy travel inspiration by Ann, check out her guide, Il Pellicano with Wineries. This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Lake Como.