Things to do
Simply relaxing by Lake Como’s waters might be all you want to do. There are plenty of spots to rest and recharge all along its Y-shaped shoreline. Try the pebbly beaches like Griante and San Giovanni in Bellagio, or chic lidos such as the Lido di Lenno. For more energetic days, paddle a canoe, hop aboard a vintage Riva boat or even take to the skies in a seaplane, and marvel at the beautiful landscape below.
Lake Como is where the rustic and the regal rub shoulders. Stroll around Villa Carlotta, named for a Prussian princess and home to stunning botanic gardens. Villa Balbianello, near Lenno, is famous for its Casino Royale credentials, while the Duomo in Como’s old town fuses Gothic, Romanesque and Renaissance architecture. The region also plays host to a number of festivals throughout the year. See medieval Como come to life at the Palio del Baradello. Hear world-class concerts at the Lake Como International Music Festival. And watch fireworks light up the sky during the religious Sagra di San Giovanni.
Exploring Lake Como through food alone is a journey of discovery. Regional specialities include perch (pesce persico), olive oil from Lenno and Vanini, shad (a type of sardine), and brasato di cinghiale selvatico (braised wild boar). Hire bicycles and explore before stopping for a lakeside picnic, perhaps cooling down with a gelato. Or drop into a trattoria and eat in true Italian style.