Lake Como – History, beauty, and tranquility
Lake Como is a far different Italian getaway than the sprawling streets of Rome, art museums of Florence, or the crowds of people in Naples. Situated in Italy’s northern region, Lake Como combines the beauty of the country’s third-largest lake with glorious views of snowcapped mountains in winter and quaint towns. Lake Como is just 30 miles, or 48 kilometers if you prefer, from Milan. It is easily reachable, allowing travelers to fly into Milan and reach Lake Como easily within the same day.
Built on Lake Como’s shore, the city of Como exhibits Roman architecture, allowing visitors to explore its old town and orderly streets. Como isn’t just a town with a rich Roman history; it was the epicenter of Italy’s silk manufacturing. Travelers will find shops around the medieval town center that still sell items made from the material.
Como is a place to let time slow down. Its romantic feel is ideal for couples. There is nothing quite like staring across the water at the Grigna, Resegone, and Legnone mountains. Of course, summertime is the most popular time to visit as lake activities take center stage with travelers.
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Airport: Milan Malpensa Airport
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Local Favorite: PolentaPolenta is a popular dish eaten in the northern region of Italy. It is a common item found on menus around Lake Como and one you will find served as a side dish to a meat or fish meal. Polenta comes from cornmeal and is served in multiple ways from hot to cold, sliced, creamy, or even baked. That versatility of polenta is part of its brilliance. Polenta originated in northern Italy and was mostly eaten by poor families from the peasant and working classes. It was very simple, which made it cheap to acquire, yet it was fulfilling.
Villa del Balbianello
Castello di Vezio
Top Tourist Attractions
The biggest tourist attraction in Como is the lake. It is 30 miles long (50 kilometers) and resembles a fjord. The Y-shaped lake is rather narrow, with towns scattered around its shoreline. One of the popular activities is to go town hopping as visitors travel from one the beautiful old town to the next during a trip to the area. The lake is 99 miles around (160 kilometers), and travelers can take their time when exploring its surroundings.
Como is located on the lake’s southern tip, but it isn’t the most popular town to visit. Instead, Bellagio is where many travelers go to stay or visit for a day trip, at the very least. Its cobbled lanes and promenade extend out into the lake, making it one of the most beautiful towns that surround Lake Como.
Brunate is a terraced settlement up the steep hillside surrounding the lake and is located just above Como. Reaching Brunate is easy thanks to the funicular that takes passengers up the very steep climb. Tourists are offered views of Lake Como’s southern side with mountains in the background that are absolutely stunning. At the top of the funicular is a cafe allowing adventure seekers to stop off for a traditional Italian espresso.
It is possible to reach the top of Mount Boletto after arriving at Brunate. Travelers must disembark the funicular then continue on foot, getting a great leg workout in the process. Volta Lighthouse can also be reached from Brunate and offers a great position to see out across the lake from a new angle.
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d'Este
The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is a motor show for vintage and classic cars. It has been held the last weekend of May in the town of Cernobbio since 1929. The event doesn’t just show off classic cars. Many car manufacturers attend the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d’Este to show off their latest models.
Usually, only 50 cars are on display with the vehicles coming from the 1920s all the way up through the 1970s.