Lake Como Holidays

A classic lakeside escape

Lake Como is Italy’s deepest and most beautiful lake. It’s an unusual shape – a striking upside-down ‘Y’ – with a magnificent shoreline that stretches for 120 kilometres, set against snow-capped mountains. For years, it’s been a favourite getaway of celebrities and aristocrats, who sail on, and sunbathe around, its blue waters, revelling in the glorious Italian scenery.

Being the favourite of the glitterati for centuries has resulted in some grand architecture – fabulous villas, gilded palaces and postcard-pretty towns crafted by nobles, bishops and princes perch on its banks. However, Lake Como holidays are not just for the rich and famous, but rather for anyone who loves romance and grandeur, boating, scenic strolls and excellent food.

Around 30 towns and villages ring the water’s edge. They’re painted in chalky pinks and oranges, shuttered houses backed by dark-green cypress trees and wooded hills. Most legendary of these is the village of Bellagio, but there are many other beauties to discover, too.

The joy of holidays to Lake Como is that everything feels rather effortless – the panoramas are dreamy no matter where you look, the food is next-level delicious and there are boat adventures to be had if you fancy exploring. And if you don’t? Well, easing into leisurely paced lakeside life is a breeze.

Three tips for a top trip

Criss-cross the lake

Lake Como’s regular ferries are by far the most picturesque way to get around, plus you can hop on and off at lots of different lakeside towns.

Dress to impress

Italians are notoriously stylish, and Lake Como is one of the chicest places in the country. Be sure to pack some of your favourite glad rags and join in.

Take a hike

There are many lakeside trails, but one of the prettiest is the Greenway Walk, a 10.5-kilometre signposted stretch from Colonno to Griante, with wonderful views at every turn.

Best attractions to see in Lake Como

Bellagio

Pretty, shuttered houses and church spires backed by emerald-green hills – scenery doesn’t get much better than the lakeside town of Bellagio. Best of all? Vistas are all reflected in the azure waters of its harbour.

Como’s architecture

Handsome lakeside town Como is an architecture-lover’s dream. Look out for the splendid cathedral. While you’re there, hit the shops and buy some of the area’s locally woven silk, too.

Water water everywhere

There are few activities lovelier than a lazy boat trip, villa-spotting around the shoreline of Lake Como. Stop-offs where you can dive straight into the blue make it even more exhilarating.

Your Lake Como questions, answered

Yes. Lake Como is not just a place for romantic breaks, kids will love the range of water-based activities.
Lake Como is at its warmest from March to October, with July and August the hottest months, but it’s often sunny and crisp in winter, too.
Active types will enjoy kayaking, jet-skiing, waterskiing, rowing and sailing. However, there are also cycling tours and cookery courses on offer.