Below the snow-covered Rhaetian Alps sits Lago di Como…but you can call it Lake Como for short. This upside-down, Y-shaped lake is the perfect meeting place of crisp air, towering mountains and one lone island, Isola Comacina—right in the centre of the lake. While Como is just one of the many lakes in the Lake District in Northern Italy, it’s been attracting visitors for over a thousand years! Curious? We bet you are. lastminute.com.au’s Lake Como package deals are the perfect way to find out what it is about this place that keeps ’em coming back.
Things to Do In Lake Como
Lake Como is dotted with waterfront villages, each with its own personality. Bellagio is the most famous and is a hub for hiring boats and tours out on the lake. Sail, waterski or kite surf on the calm waters, or toss a line in and earn your supper. Over on the eastern shore is Varenna, which has the Villa Cipressi gardens and the remains of Castello di Vezio at the end of a steep hike with great lake views. Nesso sports a cool waterfall and bridge, while Menaggio is the home of lakefront mini-golf. Pro Tip: one of lastminute.com.au’s Lake Como car hire deals is the perfect way to see them all during your holiday in Lake Como.
If a full golf course is more your style, play a few rounds at Villa D’Este or Monticello. Next, visit the Lake Como Greenway, a 10-km walkway with footpaths that offer views of the lake, villas and mountains. But if you’re feeling really daring—and what unforgettable snaps of your Lake Como holiday—grab the nearest seaplane captain and have him take you up over the lake. Now that’s what we call a lake view! Lake Como: Shopping, Dining, and Nightlife
Did one of our Lake Como packages land you here on a Saturday? Then head to the Como market for some great shopping. The shopping’s great every other day of the week, of course. Bellano, a village on the east side of the lake, has long been known for is fine silk production, while shoe stores are on every corner in Bellagio. Other popular goods are leather, designer clothing and even handmade goods like candles, porcelain figurines and wooden statues. Maybe you should buy an extra suitcase to carry back all your swag?
Did someone say gelato? Yes, but it probably sounded more like “hephf-a-wo” with a mouth full of the icy treat. Italians love getting together with friends for long meals, so just relax and enjoy dining out. There’s no rush to get in and out, which means plenty of time to savour fresh-made pastas, paninis and deli meats. You can also pick up some olive oil, wine, regional honey and sun-dried tomatoes at a local market.
Almost every village has a bar or café where you can chat up the locals into the night, but the most exciting place to be after sunset is definitely Bellagio. From wine bars and lakefront pubs to cafes, you can enjoy it all during holidays to Lake Como. And if you’re really feeling spirited (get it?) schedule a cruise on a boat with a bar to enjoy cocktails from the middle of Lake Como. What’s Next?
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Reviewed on 17 May 2016
^Savings based on all package bookings made with Flight + Hotel on lastminute.com.au from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.