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Como lake, Italy

Lake Como

Visit Lake Como


Lake Como, enclosed by rugged peaks, the sloping foothills of the Alps and cosmopolitan lakeside towns of Varenna, Como, Belaggio and Menaggio, is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy.

Como, its principle town, is steeped in architectural and historical heritage, which is evident in its buildings, such as the Broletto (town hall), and is home to the most famous of Lake Como's villas: Villa Olmo and Villa Carlotta.

Make your stay on the shores of Lake Como unforgettable with a stay at the grand Renaissance-style palazzo Villa d'Este, a five-star hotel hailed as one of the best in the world.


The charming village of Bellagio is strategically positioned where the three branches of Lake Como meet, at the tip of the Bellagio peninsula that separates its two southern arms. With its panoramic lake views and clear vistas of the Italian Alps, Bellagio is known as ‘the pearl of Lake Como'.


Menaggio is a pretty lakeside town, just a short ferry ride from Bellagio. Its attractive harbour, shoreline promenade and surrounding hills make it a popular destination with visitors to the area. And, for those looking for outdoor activities, look no further as Menaggio boasts an 18-hole golf course and fantastic swimming, water-skiing, mountain-biking and hiking opportunities. From here, you can take boat trips and excursions to the lake's scattered gardens and beauty spots.


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Top itineraries in Lake Como

Como lake, Italy

Northern Italy and the Lakes fly-drive

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,500 pp incl. flights

Calm blue lakes, snow-crested mountains, grandiose villas and some of Italy's finest Belle Époque hotels provide the backdrop to this tailor-made driving holiday through beautiful northern Italy. Its bookended by stays among Milan's ultra-fashionable repose and Verona's fabled past.

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The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express & Lake Como

6-day luxury rail journey from £3,970 pp incl. flights


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Step back to the Grand Tours of the British gentry, pairing an opulent stay in the Italian Lakes with the Art-Deco extravagance of the most famous luxury rail journey.

Top places to stay in Lake Como

Villa d'Este, Lake Como

Villa d’Este, Lake Como

Traditional hotel

This is your chance to enjoy palatial luxury in a property hailed as one of the best hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and Forbes Travel

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como

4-night luxury holiday from £1,290 pp incl. flights & transfers

The Grand Hotel Tremezzo is located on the shores of the beautiful Lake Como, Italy. The hotel faces directly onto Bellagio, where the two branches of the lake meet, against the backdrop of the Grigne Mountains.

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Casa Fantini, Lake Orta

Contemporary hotel

This hotel is a pleasingly stylish spot on Lake Orta’s western shore. Expect floor-to-ceiling glass windows and contemporary interiors, with comfy sofas, designer furnishings and large potted plants. Sip on superbly crafted cocktails at the bar or sit back by the stylish minimalist swimming pool

Moltrasio, Lake Como

Grand Hotel Imperiale, Lake Como

Historic hotel

Lying at the foot of the pretty town of Moltrasio on Lake Como's western shore, the Grand Hotel Imperiale offers an attractive lakefront swimming pool and a smart restaurant with lake vistas serving excellent gourmet dishes.

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When to go to Lake Como

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Lake Como is most alluring from late April right through the summer months, when the deep lake provides relief on hot, hazy days. But, this destination gets particularly busy during the month of August as resident's of neighbouring Milan flock here to lounge in the lake-side sun, so to avoid the crowds and still revel in the balmy weather, visit in May, June or September. And, it's worth noting that, even in the height of summer, extra layers are always a good idea as due to its alpine location temperatures can cool quite dramatically when the sun goes down.

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