Lake Como Travel Guide

The natural beauty, ornamental gardens, attractive villa facades and tranquil atmosphere of Lake Como have attracted Milanese gentry, artists, Royalty and celebrities for centuries.

Located in the Italian region of Lombardy and covering an area of 146 square kilometres, Lake Como is Italy’s third largest lake. The lake is shaped like the letter Y, with all branches being approximately the same length; the main towns are easily reached by hydrofoil, ferry or water taxi, as well as by road. The Lake is surrounded by lush foliage, dramatic snow covered mountains, and is within easy reach of a handful of popular towns, including Tremezzina and Bellagio.

The beauty and serenity of Lake Como induce a sense of instant wellbeing, and that is just one reason why it remains a favourite holiday destination in Italy for many. You can easily take a day trip to Milan and take an excursion to enjoy a scenic journey through the Swiss Alps on the Bernina Express.

We've outlined some general information that may be helpful to you when planning your next holiday to Lake Como.

Time Zone & Currency

Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) throughout the year. The currency in Italy is the Euro. 

Weather In Lake Como

The Italian Lake region is renowned for its pleasant and mild Mediterranean climate throughout the year. 

Reading For Your Trip To Lake Como

The Devil in Music by Kate Ross

The Da Vinci Deception by Thomas Swan

The Man in the Green Hat by Mannings Cole

Best time to go to Lake Como


Between March and November you can experience sunshine and a pleasant warm climate. The hottest months are in July and August, peak tourist season, where temperatures reach 30°C or more.

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Top Tourist Attractions In Lake Como

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The ‘Pearl of Lake Como’, Bellagio boasts historic buildings, charming, cobbled lanes and chic shops selling Italian artisan items.

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Villa Carlotta

Built for the Milanese marquis Giorgio Clerici at the end of the 17th century, the villa contains a magnificent Italian botanic garden with fountains and sculptures.

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Villa del Balbianello

Villa Balbianello contains an impressive Italianate garden that was completely renovated in the early 20th century. It is built on terraces of majestic plane trees.

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Lake Como Greenway

Approximately 10km long, the greenway is an incredible walking trail which encompasses Lake Como and goes through several historic villages and towns. 



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Located on the western shore of Lake Como, Tremezzina is a tranquil town renowned for its historic villas and captivating views of the lake and surrounding mountains. 

Live Like A Film Star On The Shores Of Lake Como

With incredible villas set against the magnificent backdrop of Lake Como and its surrounding mountains, it's no wonder it's a favourite holiday destination for many celebrities. 

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Food and drink in Lake Como


Northern Italian cuisine tends to be hearty, with butter more commonly used than the olive oil and tomatoes favoured in the south. You’ll find delicious cheeses (Gorgonzola, Taleggio) and air dried salted beef (Bresaola) on most restaurant menus. Specialities include the unctuous Risotto alla Milanese, flavoured with saffron, and Osso Buco, a rich and tasty dish of veal shanks braised in wine. For a refreshing aperitif, try a sparkling wine from Franciacorta and with meats, a glass of Barolo, made from the Nebbiolo grape and one of the great wines of Northern Italy.

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