gorgeous places in Italy to visit, especially when in the north of the country. Filled with centuries-old towns, gorgeous views and a shoreline that’s second to none, it’s an area of Italy you cannot miss. Not only that, there’s a heap of the best things to do in Lake Como that are dotted all around the lake’s edge.  

So, to help you get the most out of your time in Lake Como, I’m sharing some of our favourite places that we loved on our visit. This way, whatever trip length you decide, you’ll get a heap of gorgeous places to explore! 
Easily reached by boat from Bellagio or Cadenabbia, Varenna is one of the best things to do in Lake Como when exploring the little communes around the lake itself. 
The towering marble facade is a marvel, filling one side of Piazza Duomo on one side and featuring richly detailed statues and stone carvings. Inside, you’ll spot the medieval rose window and a meticulously carved main altar. You can even climb the Como Cathedral’s dome and have a panoramic view of the city (which is lovely).
Duomo In Lake Como
Towns in Lake Como to visit

1.) Como

It’s a great spot to visit but even better if you get caught out with a little wet weather. 
We loved it! Plus, there’s a heap of little restaurants all with gorgeous terraces. We stopped off at Capolinea Bistrot for some Italian treats and coffee.
Finally, for some great views, ramble on up to Castello Baradello. From the medieval ruins, you’ll get to see all across Lake Como. Though, one thing to remember is that the grounds are intermittently opened and closed. This means you should be prepared for a closed castle once you arrive. 
Museums In Lake Como
If you fancy staying overnight, check into the Grand Hotel Victoria concept and spa. Again, this can be pricey in the peak summer months but it’s a lovely treat. 
Villa in Lake Como
Now, to reach Brunate’s terrace settlement, you need to take a funicular from the lakefront’s east end. At the top, you’ll get an encompassing view of the southern part of Lake Como, the villages surrounding it, and mountains in the distance.
Best Things To Do In Lake Como
Now, you can best visit its gardens in May, when the whole landscape is brimming with the vivid bloom of camellias and rhododendrons that are so gorgeous. I can’t say I’m the best at recognising flowers but the fragrance of the blooms were just incredible. 
Boating in Lake Como

2.) Brunate

Boating in Lake Como

5.) Villa Carlotta

Boating in Lake Como

9.) Villa Melzi

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Plus, you can easily see Volta Lighthouse, another monument dedicated to Alessandro Volta. It’s perched right atop the hill in Brunate.
Church in Lake Como
Another Como favourite, you’ve got to take some time to explore some of the museums that are perched around Como itself. The Archaeological Museum of Como and the Historical Museum of Giuseppe Garibaldi are two such spots.
Best views across Lake Como
Once you’ve parked up, make sure to spend a good few hours exploring the waterside promenade, cobbled streets and little eateries that line the paths. It’s totally picturesque and you can easily spend a whole day chilling here (if not longer, if you want to take it slow). 

10.) Lecco

Now, from Bellagio, you can hire your very own boat and sail the shores of Lake Como. It’s a great treat for an hour, especially if there’s a few of you to split the cost. 
That being said, you might spot a few ancient Greek and Egyptian artefacts, too. 
Viewpoints in Lake Como
Yes, I know it’s in the city of Como but I just had to mention this in its own right! 
Now, if museums aren’t your thing, maybe give them a miss and stick to exploring Lake Como’s gorgeous shoreline. 
Though, you can easily get a little taste on a day trip, too. In fact, it’s totally easy to visit if you’re in Milan and looking for a trip outside of the city.
Getting hungry, grab a table on the vine-covered terrace at Ristorante Bilacus. Alternatively, head down the side streets and visit La Grotta. Their pizza is the best in all of Lake Como. 
For an evening out, book tickets to the Lecco Theatre that’s totally grand. It’s incredible to visit, though you might need to brush up on your Italian. 

Once here, take a totally chilled stroll through its medieval streets and don’t forget to check out the gardens of Villa Monastero. Oh, and of course, the walled castle (complete with battlements and a drawbridge) of Castello di Vezio.

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