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9 Absolutely Breathtaking Things to Do in Lake Como Italy

Looking for the best things to do in Lake Como? Here’s what you need to do!

We stopped by Lake Como for the day on our way from Rome to Switzerland.

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Last Updated: March 15, 2024

About Lake Como

Lake Como, also known as Lario, covers an area of 56 sq mi (146 sq km), making it the third-largest lake in Italy. It is one of the deepest lakes in Europe, with depths over 1,300 ft / 400 meters, and the bottom is more than 660 ft / 200 meters below sea level.

It is beautiful, and I can see why celebrities have second homes on the shores. The lake has always been a popular getaway for the wealthy and a must-see tourist attraction. A number of villas and palaces surround the lake.

The lake itself is shaped like an upside-down “Y.” The northern branch starts at Colico, and the southern branches are home to Como and Lecco. The towns of Bellagio, Menaggio, and Lierna are near the intersection. The lake has its own microclimate that also affects the surrounding region. In January, it can get as low as 33 °F, and in July, it gets up to 83 °F. The water temperature during the hottest months usually sits around 75 °F. Rainfall is low during the winter months and peaks in May.

9 Best THings to Do in Lake Como

1. Duomo of Como

Piazza del Duomo, 22100 Como CO, Italy, map

Like many other Italian cities, Como has a Duomo, a cathedral with beautiful Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Its intricate facade and stunning interiors draw visitors seeking to admire its historical and religious significance. It’s free to enter.

See More: 10+ Best Things to Do in Rome Italy

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2. Funicular Ride to Brunate (Faro Voltiano Lighthouse)

Via Giacomo Scalini, 22034 Brunate CO, Italy, map

Take a funicular ride and then hike up the rest for the most breathtaking views of Lake Como and the Alps. The quaint village of Brunate awaits at the summit, with charming streets to wander and stunning viewpoints to discover.

Local Tip: Catch the funicular during sunset for an unforgettable experience.

3. Bellagio in Italy Lake Como

Salita Serbelloni, 16, 22021 Bellagio CO, Italy, map

Bellagio is also known as the “Pearl of Lake Como.” It is a destination that encapsulates the essence of charm, beauty, and cultural richness.

Bellagio’s charm extends beyond its scenic beauty, offering a delightful wine-tasting experience at Enoteca La Principessa winery. Sample exquisite local wines amidst the vineyards overlooking the azure waters of Lake Como.

Local Tip: Pair your wine tasting with local cheeses and delicacies for an authentic culinary adventure.

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4. Villa del Balbianello →

22016 Tremezzina, Province of Como, Italy, map

Villa del Balvianello is nestled on the lush shores of Lake Como. The beautiful Renaissance architecture and botanical gardens is a great spot to explore. It’s also a popular place for filming movies.

Local Tip: Opt for a guided tour to uncover the villa’s rich history and hidden treasures.

5. Verenna

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This charming lakeside town offers a serene retreat amidst nature’s beauty. Explore the enchanting Villa Monastero Gardens and climb up to Castello di Vezio for panoramic views of the lake and surrounding villages.

6. Go Boating →

Experience the allure of Lake Como by taking to its crystal-clear waters on a boat excursion. You get to see some celebrity homes on the lake if that’s your thing.

Local Tip: Book a guided tour to explore hidden coves and lesser-known gems along the lake.

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7. Basilica di Sant’Abbondio

Via Regina Teodolinda, 35, 22100 Como CO, Italy, map

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Lombard Romanesque architecture at the Basilica di Sant’Abbondio. Admire its intricate details while learning about its rich historical significance.

Local Tip: Attend a church service to experience the basilica’s spiritual aura and local customs.

8. Hiking Around lake Como →

There are a bunch of beautiful hikes around Lake Como. A great one is Sentiero del Viandante, or the Wayfarer’s Path in English, a 45 km hike that can be broken up into several hikes. See other hikes in the area here.

Local Tip: Download AllTrails+ so you have access to trail maps offline.

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9. Rock Climbing

If you’re up for an adventure, the area has plenty of great granite and limestone to climb. We’ll be bringing out shoes next time!

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