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Nestled at the southern tip of the lake and surrounded by tree-lined mountains, Como is a small and picturesque city with plenty of history. 

Established by Julius Caesar in the 1st century BC, it combines dreamy lake views with medieval, red-roofed architecture, an impressive cathedral, Roman basilicas, and a large amphitheatre. 

If that wasn’t enough, there’s an atmospheric old town with 12th-century fortress walls, grand palaces, quirky museums, hiking routes, and a fantastic selection of restaurants serving up authentic regional food.


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Your Como questions, answered

Like the other resorts in the area, Como does have a reputation for being expensive. However, the city is larger than the other lakeside resorts, and as such has many mid-range dining options available. You’ll also find a handful of inexpensive eateries further away from the lake, and public transport is reasonably priced.
Como has a much faster pace than the other nearby towns and hamlets, making it a great destination for those who want to enjoy the beauty of the lake but stay within easy reach of plenty of local attractions.         
The nearest airport is Milan Malpensa. From the airport you can get the Malpensa Express train to Saronno, and then take a train to Como Nord Lago, which takes around an hour and a half. Alternatively, it’s a 45-minute taxi ride from the airport.  
The best time to travel to Como is between April and October. In the peak months of July and August, temperatures rise to the low 30s. In May and September, temperatures often still reach the low 20s, and in April and October you can expect highs of around 17°C. Whichever time of year you visit, be sure to pack a light jacket as temperatures tend to drop after dark, and a little rainfall is not uncommon.

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