Food is important to Italians, so it’s no surprise that Lake Como has over 1000 restaurants on its doorstep, lots of them with stunning lake views. If you want to sip a macchiato at a café, meet a Michelin-starred chef or devour some rustic Italian cuisine, it’s all for the taking. The cheese, fish and wine are particularly good, so definitely try some fritto misto di lago - a mix of fried lake fish.
In Bellagio is the popular Ristorante Bilacus, a traditional Italian with a gorgeous outdoor patio sheltered by green vines and plants. The fantastic atmosphere, food and views over the town make this a favourite with visitors from all over the world.
Across the lake in Tremazzo is Cantina Follie, an ambient wine bar with a rooftop terrace. As well as the fantastic range of wines, the bar serves rustic and authentic Italian food including antipasti platters with meats, cheeses, breads and pickles. This is great for a light lunch, dinner or snack.
Further north in Menaggio is the lakefront Café del Pess. You can enjoy pastries and coffee for breakfast, sandwiches or salads for lunch or just stop for an aperitif during the day or after dinner – it’s a pleasant stop any time of the day.
Beautiful lakeside promenades are perfect for an after-dinner stroll, or you can explore the authentic piazzas and cobbled streets that wind through the pretty little towns – access to a range of hidden gems.
There are 3 types of ferry (car, passenger and fast) that operate on Lake Como. The passenger and fast ferries travel the length of the lake between Como and Colico, and the passenger and car ferries also operate numerous times a day around the central part of the lake between Menaggio, Bellagio, Cadenabbia and Tremezzo.
The nearest train station is Varenna which is accessible via ferry and bus. From Varenna you can reach Milan in an hour, with trains departing every hour or so. Other stations on the lake include Como Town and Como S. Giovanni. You can also catch the Noddy Train between Menaggio and Leno which takes an hour.
Each town on Lake Como will have a bus connection. In Bellagio there are 2 main bus lines travelling between Bellagio and Como (the C30 takes just over an hour). The only bus stop in Bellagio is located at the end of the Lungolario. Menaggio has a bus station where you can catch numerous buses to other resorts around the lake including Cadenabbia and Tremezzo that take around 10 minutes.
Pre-bookable ExcursionsVilla Balbianello Tour (Sun)
The 18th Century Villa Balbianello is not to be missed it is the most spectacular spot on Lake Como. The last owner was Guido Monzino, a great Italian explorer who climbed Mount Everest and had filled the Villa with rare and wonderful expedition collections (including a sledge once used on one of his expeditions) the Villa can only be visited with an authorised guide.
Famous for beautiful and elaborate gardens, this has been the location for many films including the two recent James Bond films Casino Royal and Quantum of Solace.St Moritz and Bernina Express (Mon)
Travel up to the northern part of the lake and on to Switzerland to join the famous Bernina train up to St Moritz here you will have the most spectacular views of the breathtaking glaciers and waterfalls at one side and contrasting views over valleys and lakes on the other. Stop in the enchanting village of Chiavenna as you travel down to the famous Maloya pass.Lake Orta and Stesa Tour (Thu)
Travel to the enchanting village of Orta, Surrounded by lush woodland it really is a hidden secret with free time to stroll and admire the quaint cobbled streets. Continuing on to the elegant town of Stresa situated on Lake Maggiore. Take a chance to visit the Isola Bella via a private boat where you can choose to visit the Palace and Gardens (voted as Monte Don's favourites) at an additional cost.Bergamo Guided Tour (Fri)
Visit one of the Oldest and most beautiful towns in Northern Italy, Bergamo, known today as the Florence of the North. Bergamo has two centres ‘Citta alta’ (upper city) a hilltop medieval town surrounded by Venetian walls. ‘Citta Bassa’ (lower city) the modern part of the City is set on the plain below. Citta alta is full of little shops and grand architecture and you can see the Duomo, all linked by cobbled streets. This underrated city is not to be missed allowing you to visit enchanting churches, palaces and squares.Milan City Tour (Tue)
A fantastic day out exploring the cosmopolitan Capital of the north, renowned not only for its fashion but for some of the most fabulous cultural sights in Europe such as, the stunning interior of the La Scala Opera house and the Castle Sforzesco. The Duomo Cathedral is the largest gothic cathedral in the world with over 3400 hand carved sculptures on the cathedral.The Villas of Lake Como (Half Day Wed) –
Visit some of the beautiful villas that surround Lake Como by boat, including Villa Balbianello, Villa Cassinella and Villa Margherita belonging to George Clooney. You will also visit the historical Isola Comacina, the only island in Lake Como.
Some entrances, tolls and optional extras are payable locally.Trip Price
|Boat tour of Villa Balbianello (Sun) ||€38 |
|St Moritz and Bernina Express (Mon) ||€55 |
|Milan (Tue) ||€50 |
|Lake Orta and Stresa (Thu) ||€57 |
|Bergamo (Fri) ||€52 |
|Villas of Lake Como (Wed) ||€41 |