Lake Como has been on my travel bucket list for many many years (thanks to Pinterest). So when I realised this trip was happening, I couldn’t contain my excitement! You can easily spend weeks in the most beautiful lake of Italy. But since we were pressed on time, we were only able to spend 2 days in Lake Como. Even though it was a short trip, we still managed to fit in a lot within our tight schedule and got to experience a glimpse of what this magical place had to offer. If you’re reading this, you may have this place on your travel bucket list or you’re already planning your visit! That’s great because I’ve rounded up a couple of things not to be missed and how to spend 2 days in Lake Como!
Named one of the deepest lakes in Europe (at 400 meters deep), Lake Como is situated on the northern part of Italy. The lake is shaped in the form of the letter “Y” and surrounded by scenic mountains and forests that surround it. Filled with numerous prestigious villas and museums, it’s not a surprised that many celebrities and artists (such as George Clooney and Madonna) have properties on the shore of this lake. We made our way to Lake Como by car from our road trip through Germany and Switzerland. If you’re interested in a trip here, you’re in good hands as I’ve compiled a list of things to ensure you have a great time! Here it goes:
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How To Get There
By air | The closest airport to Lake Como is Milan’s Malpensa airport and only 40 minute ride to the lake
By train | There are a few train services that go from Milan to Lake Como. Depending on where you stay, trains go to Como or Varenna. For Como get off at Como Lago station with Trenord service or Como San Giovanni station with Trenitalia service. For Varrena get off at with Varrena station with Trenitalia service.
By car | Rent a car with car rental companies and drive from Milan (we drove Switzerland)
By car | Probably the best way to go around Lake Como, the only downside is limited parking spaces during holiday season (so get to places early!)
By bus | Accessible from Como main station to other towns around Lake Como
By ferry | There are ferries that are connected to the popular towns in Lake Como, these are Menaggio, Bellagio, Varenna and Cadenabbia
By water limousine | If you have some money to spend, this luxury option is definitely worth it for a private tour of the lake!
Airbnb | If you’re on a tight budget with accommodations in Lake Como, Airbnb’s are the way to go! We found a beautiful spacious Airbnb called Villa Cristina located in Como that overlooks the magnificent lake at a very reasonable price (Watch a vlog about my stay here)
Villa Del Balbianello | The most magical villa to visit, going to this place made my whole Lake Como trip!
Villa Monastero | Located on in the middle of Lake Como, this villa is a must see if you go to Varrena
Villa Carlotta | Situated in Tramezzina, this garden villa has a beautiful botanical garden worth walking through!
Gelato | You’re in Italy, so first things first! You’ll find gelato shop all along
Pizzeria | You will be able to find an abundance of restaurants serving pizza and pasta along the street Lungo Lario Trieste with authentic Italian meals and great atmosphere!
Momi | Located in Como, this restaurant has a great lakeside view perfect for a relaxing dinner spot
Lake Como is one of those places where you’ll be planning your next trip by the time you leave! I felt like there is so much more I’d like to explore and personally cannot wait to visit again soon!
Do you have a place on your bucket list location you’ve always wanted to visit? Let me know in the comments below!
Photography by Ross Vickers.