What to do in Lake Como

Find out the most interesting activities you can do in Como Lake. Discover the historical Villas set of various Hollywood movies or just relax in one of the Lake beaches. If you like sport and adventures both the Lake and the mountain will offer different choices.

Lake Como Villas

The lake is well known for the attractive villas that have been built there since Roman times, when Pliny the Younger built the Comedia and the Tragedia resorts. Many villas on the lake shores have admirable gardens that benefit from the mild climate induced by the stabilizing presence of 22.5 cubic kilometres (5.4 cu mi) of lake water and can sustain many subtropical and Mediterranean plants.

Villa del Balbianello is located on top of a woody hill called Dosso di Lavedo. The latter stretches out into the water detaching from the western river of Lake Como, roughly in front of Bellagio.

Villa Olmo owes its name to a magnificent centenary elm tree, today no longer existent. Built according to the Neoclassical style, the villa was committed by Marquis Innocenzo Odescalchi, whose family had given birth to Pope Innocent XI.

Villa Monastero as an impressive sight from the lake which seems to step out of time. The sprawling neoclassical yet eclectic villa sits on the shore and commands attention

Villa Carlotta is a unique place of rare beauty, where natural masterpieces and incredible works of human intellect live together in perfect harmony into over 70000 square metres between stunning gardens and museums. 

Villa Mezi was built by Francesco Melzi d’Eril, duke of Lodi and vice-president of the Italian Republic at the time of Napoleon (1801-1803), like many other powerful Milanese families, built a huge formal residence with park in Bellagio. 

Villa Serbelloni is a suggestive monument which stand on the promontory of Bellagio where, according to the legend, Plinius the Younger owned a villa called Tragedia (tragedy). 


Lake Como Beaches

If you are looking for a summer swim in Como city you have a few options to choose from.

Bellagio beach is located in the province of Lecco and is the favourite place for those who like to spend a few hours by the lake in a totally wild territory, full of plants and multiform vegetation. This beach is totally devoid of establishments and commercial activities. To reach there you must leave the car on the road and walk a steep path. For its orientation, Bellagio is kissed by the sun only in the early morning hours, for this reason many people, in order to escape the summer heat, wish to go to this beautiful space in the shade.

The beach of Menaggio is located in the province of Como and is considered as the most beautiful panoramic place of the lake as it is located in an elevated position that allows you to admire all the countries overlooking the water. The beach is characterized by a low and sandy area for campers and on the contrary, those who want to experience a more Spartan holiday in the rocky area, characterized by high cliffs, there are numerous bathing establishments and night clubs. For the charm of this place, with unique views to photograph, there are many newlyweds who choose Menaggio to celebrate their wedding, just for the natural setting it offers.

Lido of Cadenabbia is a fraction of the Municipality of Criante, in the province of Como. It owes its name to a term in dialect that means house of boatmen just because the territory is characterized by settlements of the fishermen who carried out this activity by the lake. The English travellers who in ancient times decided to settle in Cadenabbia have left as evidence of their passage, the first Anglican Church in Italy, sacred in 1891. The location is ideal for fishing, competition, and to relax in the sun in the comfortable sunbeds of the equipped bathing establishments.

Argegno is the country located at a greater depth than all the others overlooking Lake Como. Characterized by a low beach with clear pebbles reflecting the sunlight, it is the ideal place to swim, dive and plunge into the crystal clear waters as well as engage in fishing. The difference in level with Pigra, the neighbouring settlement, is filled by a cableway line that allows you to enjoy an extraordinary glance with a complete overview of the lake and its natural beauties.

Lenno is a fraction of the municipality of Tremezzina, in the province of Como, much appreciated by summer tourists who want to spend their days relaxing in the lake. The beach is characterized by a free beach area with fine sand lined by rocks, also suitable for camping. Also characterized by the presence of establishments, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Both beaches of Lenno can be easily reached by public transport or car as there are multiple parking lots, free and paid, or on foot.

Moltrasio beach is a pearl set in uncontaminated nature. It can be accessed only on foot, through a small path surrounded by lush vegetation, or by boat that connects all the towns of Lake Como. The beach is composed of pebbles and pebble sand. The space is equally divided between the free area and the area equipped with the platforms set up by the establishments that face water directly. This beach is also visited by naturists who, in a special sector, can live their passion in freedom and seek numerous followers, both Italian and foreign.

Cernobbio is the good living room of Lake Como, probably recognized as the most important and famous resort. The place is particularly suggestive due to the presence of splendid noble villas such as Villa d’Este or Villa Erba. On the beach you can find facilities equipped and elegant, including spa, massage area and gourmet restaurants. In Cernobbio you cannot miss the Giardino della Valle, a natural area, used as a botanical garden, where there are many plant and animal species. This place therefore lends itself not only to seaside tourism but also to cultural tourism.

There are two beaches in town, one is at the Lido di Villa Olmo just a few steps away from the beautiful Villa, this lido includes a beach, a large meadow and two swimming pools. Bring a swimming cap to enter the pool. The other public beach is at the Lido di Villa Geno, it includes a small kids pool and a large meadow by the water.

Sorico is located on the northernmost coast of Lake Como. Due to the wide and spacious aspect of the beach and the depth of the water, it is the ideal place to practice sports such as scuba diving, swimming and sport fishing. Sorico is also preferred by lovers of history as it is possible to visit the ancient Roman road that still appears today in perfect conditions of conservation.

Colico is the location of Lake Como that has the best exposure from the point of view of wind and air currents, for this reason it is the favourite location of sportsmen who take advantage of this natural element to sail. The beach, in addition to being used for the classic bathing tourism, is the starting point to take off with paragliding or to fly over the lake with kite surfing or wind surfing. Competitions at national and international level are also periodically organized.

Piona is a small fraction of the municipality of Colico, in the province of Lecco, especially loved by campers because, thanks to the municipal administration, there are many areas equipped for this particular way of traveling. There are numerous foreign presences, also attracted by the site of a very important architectural and artistic testimony, the Abbey of Piona. It is a Cistercian abbey that dates back to 1138, accessed by a picturesque walking path that runs along the beach.

Domaso rises at the source of the Livio torrent that dives into the waters of Lake Como and, thanks to a system of currents, these places are ideal for water sports that are practiced, by virtue of the microclimate throughout the course of the year. Being a fishing village, Domaso is also preferred by those who have this passion and want to fish both on boats and in special dedicated heights. The beach is small but equally comfortable, divided into both free area and equipped by several establishments.

Gravedona is the centre of Lake Como with great importance for its glorious past ofcivil and religious settlements that date back to ancient times. Not only because findings are still possible to be observed today but also from the natural point of view. The tourism is not exclusively for bathing, but above all, for sports. In the lacustrine area there is a panoramic path dedicated to the lovers of the bicycle and the race. Moreover, the depth of the waters is such as to facilitate the activities ofdiving of fishing and scuba diving.

On the Lake

Lake Como offers a vast choice of experiences and activities. We select the following as the best possibilities you have. We suggest to book directly by the link you will find in the Experiences page to get the best prices,

Boat tour on Lake Como are something that it’s definitely recommend to anyone who wants to experience their holidays at its best. No matter if you are visiting Lake Como for a day or staying longer, jump aboard a boat, relax and reach your favourite destination: BellagioVarennaComo, or maybe one of the historical villas on the shores of the lake. Boat tours are basically of two types: public or private. You can choose the experience you prefer based on your needs, especially the time and budget you have available. 

We selected for you the best tour at affordable prices:
In Como try the tour from SuBacco to discover the wonders of Lake Como, for a Tour lasting two (2h) or combine a Boat Tour with a Como walking tour with a Private Cruise.

In Bellagio don’t miss the Sailing Private tour on board of a 38ft sailing yacht and discover amazing coves, villas and towns of Lake Como.

In Tremezzina or Varenna enjoy a deluxe experience of day trip on a Venetian-style Boat.

Sport on the Lake can be an unforgettable experiences. Among the best offer we selected a Private Tour in Kayak staring from a characteristic  fishermen village aside Bellagio. You can have the unique opportunity to go to the point where northern waters divide in Como and Lecco branches with astonishing panoramic view.

The best of the best of Lake Como experiences is definitely an Helicopter tour which allow you to discover the lake from an unusual perspective. You will fly over Lario and perceive its characteristic “Y” shape, exploring the “sines and gulfs” described by the famous Italian writer Alessandro Manzoni in his masterpiece, “I promessi sposi”. To get the best prices for this activity we recommend to book in advance following the link you will find in the Private Helicopter Tour schedule.

On the Mountains

The mountains and valleys that surround Lake Como are some of the most beautiful locations of the Pre-Alps, with breathtaking scenery. Taking a walk on the paths and mule tracks you will experience the uniqueness of its rolling hills of its impassable cliffs and enjoy the freshness of the thick forests.

The higher peaks, such as Monte Legnone which reaches 2,609 metres, the Dolomite Grigne and the unmistakeable outline of Resegone, are located on the eastern side of the lake. These locations are suitable for those who summer hiking or winter sports, offering sports facilities to suit all occasions.
The summits of San Primo, Corni di Canzo, Monte Bregagno and Pizzo Gino are also perfect destinations for outdoor excursions and ideal for those who enjoy close contact with the natural world.

The valleys such as the Valsassina, Valvarrone, Valle San Martino and Val d’Esino, Val d’Intelvi, Val Menaggio, Val Cavargna, Valsolda and the valleys of the Upper Western Lario are all rich in history with age-old traditions that continue to this day. Here you will find small towns and quaint villages that time seems almost to have forgotten.

Below our selection of best place to visit. We recommend to book a tour with a guide to be always safe and  discover the best places.

Hike the trails of “Spina Verde” Natural Park with a naturalistic guide in the History and Nature guided tour and enjoy The breathtaking view from the top of Monte Croce.
Hike uphill on the via Ferrata over the Mountain around Bellagio with the Via Ferrata Tour.

Do an healthy bike ride in the Brunate mountains and enjoy local mountain food in the MTB Tour Lake Como or discover the Lake Como landscapes by bicycle, explore characteristic villages of our region and discover vineyards in the near Switzerland.