Lake Como (Lago di Como) is one of the famous Italian lakes located not far from Milan in the north of Italy. It is long (50km), slender and extremely deep. The southern end forks into two long “legs”, with the picturesque town of Bellagio situated on the promontory between them.
Like the other Italian lakes, Lake Como has been popular as a resort since the days of the Roman Empire. Visitors ever since have admired the blue waters and relaxed in luxurious villas in the wooded lakeside slopes above. Today, most of the towns around the shores of Lake Como are popular with tourists, walkers, cyclists and swimmers.
Como is a lively and pleasant town with an appealing historical centre and a scenic location at the southern end of the east branch of Lake Como. The impressive cathedral (Duomo), like most in Italy, was built and added to over a period of centuries, so you can admire Gothic and Renaissance features including some fine tapestries and paintings. For a short trip out of town, take the funicular up to the top of the hill above Como, where you can enjoy spectacular views.
There is a direct bus service from Bergamo Airport to Como, also stopping – subject to advance booking – at towns along the western shore up to Menaggio. The service is called the Lake Como Express and runs three times a day – you can read the latest timetables and make bookings on the company’s website (see links panel). Buses around Como, including onward travel from Como to Bellagio, are operated by ASF Autolinee. These are cheap local services and a good way of getting around without a car.
Steamers, boats and buses serve all the main towns on Lake Como. A frequent boat service connects the central resorts, Lenno, Tremezzo, Villa Carlotta, Cadenabbia, Menaggio, Bellagio and Varenna, including a car ferry. A less frequent but faster boat travels the full length of the lake from Como (with stops at most of the above). Buses run approximately hourly all the way up the west coast from Como round to Colico at the north-east.
Location: North of Italy
Nearby hotels: Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Hotel La Perla, Hotel La Darsena
Nearby sights: Villa del Balbianello, Villa Carlotta, Cathedral of Como