Enjoy Lake Como
When in Como, a tour of the Lake is a must, preferably by boat, in order to see beautiful villas not visible from the street.
A unique experience is to get to know the lake and the villages all around it, starting from Como and moving North towards the mountains, all the way to Bellagio and even further up to the top of the lake in Colico.
Lake Como, also called "il Lario", is about 46 kilometers long with a maximum depth of 400 meters. Characteristic Y-shaped Lario is well recognizable from the sky. Touring the lake by boat is a must, the "Navigazione Laghi" offers various tickets, including the "Hop on and off" service, which allows travellers to explore many of the town and villages along the shore. Enquire at the ticket offices. Como Lake Boats Timetable - click here
Lake Como is famous around the world for its luxury villas and gardens. In spring, neoclassical Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo offers its visitors a mangnificent spectacle of rhododendros and azaleas. Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, "the pearl of lake", is the place to breathe history, art and culture of a glorious past when Leonardo da Vinci, poet Giuseppe Parini and Queen Victoria used to spend their time here. Villa Melzi's gardens (open from March 25th to October 31st) are worth a visit, especially in fair weather.
Villa del Balbianello, situated on Lenno's promontory, offers a beautiful garden and loggia with a spectacular view over the lake and it has increased its popularity with the shooting of many movies, from Casino Royale to a Star Wars episode. In front of Ossuccio we find the only Lario's island, Isola Comacina, with its old traditions and flavours, its Romanesque church (Santa Maria Maddalena) with a Gothic bell tower and rationalist "artists houses". At the end of June the island hosts the spectacular "Fireworks" of San Giovanni (Sain John).
The mountains surroundings Lake Como offer many hiking and climbing opportunities, and also walking opportunities for everyone. One international attraction for those who love walking is the GREENWAY of Lake Como, see the official website for info and details.
In the warmer seasons, the lake is also a place to swim and play watersports: from surfing to kite surfing, to swimming, sailing and waterboarding. Check out the public and private Lidos in Como for a dive in blue waters!
An increasing popularity of street and mountain biking is creating more and more opportunities to enjoy the Lake and explore its territory.