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How to Enjoy a Trip to Lake Como This Summer Lake como
May 2024
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Boasting swoon-worthy scenic views, Lake Como is a popular haunt for the rich and famous

With so much to offer, we've rounded up the best of the best for your trip to Lake Como this summer.
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The third largest lake in Italy, Lake Como, at the foot of the Alps, has swoon-worthy scenic views. There are a number of charming towns and villages dotted around the lake shore, from popular tourist hotspots like Bellagio and Como, to quieter hidden gems like Agregno and Nesso (a picturesque town split in two by a famous gorge).

Swimming is possible in most of the lake, and who could resist that beautifully blue water? There’s a stunning beach at San Giovannia, just south of famous Bellagio. This pebble beach is free, complete with docks, piers and a picturesque bridge over the Perlo stream which runs into the lake. Don’t want to get wet? You can enjoy the water from the comfort of a boat with a luxury Riva Boat Tour, complete with a personal driver and a glass of prosecco at sunset.

There’s lots of history and heritage to explore around the lake too. For something off the beaten track, head to the western side to visit Sacro Monte di Ossuccio, a mid-17th century collection of 14 chapels which lead up the mount to the sanctuary at the top – expect stunning frescoes and 230 terracotta statues as well as breathtaking views across the landscape. Make the most out of your time at Lake Como with one of the many bike tours available. We recommend starting from the bustling town of Como and taking a circular route along the lake’s shore through Bellagio and Tremezzina – make sure to admire the stunning villas along the way including Villa Melzi, Villa Carlotta and Villa Olmo.

Take time out of your day to explore the street markets that take place throughout the towns and villages on the lake. Particularly scenic is the Mercerie market which lines the ancient city walls of Como. Bright and colourful, the market is filled with art, crafts, jewellery and flowers. On the north-western shore, the village of Como holds a weekly market on Thursdays and a summer market on Wednesday evenings from July through August.

It comes as no surprise that there are a number of fabulous restaurants here. Materia, just 10 minutes from Cernobbio’s waterfront, is a great place for an evening meal – expect sleek, minimalist interiors and an innovative approach to local cuisine including dishes like roe deer tartare with seaweed and egg yolk, venison with hazelnuts, whisky and black truffle, and game meat ravioli in a forest broth with rosemary oil. For hearty, fuss-free meals, Trattoria San Biagio, a short drive from the centre of Como, specialises in authentic Italian dishes and small bites with a regularly updated menu. Before you go, make sure to ask the team about their extensive selection of artisan wines too. Get your sweet treats at one of the many pasticceria around the lake, including Pasticceria Sancassani in Bellagio – their pan mataloc (a typical sweet bread of Bellagio rich in nuts, candied fruit and dried figs) is to die for.

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Where to Stay


You have a choice here between the Palazz, the Villa, or Casa al Lago. The Palazz, at the heart of the estate, has eight stunningly decorated rooms, each with unique, antique touches. Closer to the water, the Villa boasts 12 rooms, from elegant doubles to truly indulgent suites. For a front-row view of Lake Como, a room in Casa al Lago is what you need. Take time in your day to explore the wonderfully wild gardens and don’t miss the spa, hidden away in the estate’s underground vaults.

Mandarin Oriental

A true lakeside oasis, this hotel estate features a stunning 18th century villa at its heart, skilfully renovated with every modern comfort you could wish for. Head down to the water to enjoy the resort’s floating pool on the lake and take time to indulge in one of the private spa suites, six different treatment rooms, or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of the zen garden. You won’t have to travel far for a good meal. In the resort’s botanical garden you will find L’Aria, a relaxed restaurant that serves Italian dishes influenced by Japanese cuisine – think tuna belly with black truffle, and tempura anchovies with lemon mayonnaise.

Villa Regina Teodolinda

A picturesque Villa in the small village of Laglio, featuring bright, airy rooms and lakeside access which allows for travel to and from the villa by water. The team here pride themselves on exceptional service meaning you won’t want for anything during your stay, whether it’s just to relax at the honesty bar, take advantage of the private pier and swimming pool, or enjoy their wonderful garden.

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