The delightful town of Como is located in the southern part of one of the two branches of the lake that takes its name from it, even if it is known as Lario. Spending your holidays here is an excellent alternative to discover some of the many cultural and natural beauties that Italy offers.
Starting with the famous lake, surrounded by many suggestive villages and villas rich in history, there are so many unmissable stops to live a different experience than usual. Families, friends and sports enthusiasts will find fun, emotions, authentic flavors of the Como tradition and much more in this very place.
What to see in Como
The Lombard city has a series of monuments, a pretty historic centre and several suggestive views and the best way to visit it is certainly on foot so as not to miss the most beautiful things.
Being the birthplace of the great Alessandro Volta, we will find ourselves visiting many places dedicated to him, such as the house where his family lived and where he himself died, the statue erected in the central square that was dedicated to him, the Volta Temple which houses many of the objects and documents of the great inventor of the battery and many others.
Furthermore, right in the centre of Como it is possible to admire several buildings dating back to the Middle Ages, the Neoclassical and Renaissance periods. The real gem of the place are the numerous historic villas, including Villa Olmo, Villa Saporiti, Villa Gallia and Villa Geno.
Not to be missed is a funicular ride that connects it to Brunate, also known as the balcony of the Alps, from which you can admire the lake and the mountain in all their beauty as well as the city itself in a short but full of emotions journey.
Lake Como, villages and nature
One of the main attractions that you cannot give up in this part of beautiful Italy, is undoubtedly Lake Como, defined as one of the most beautiful in the world, together with Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore.
A very popular destination for tourists from all over the world for every single element that surrounds it, starting with the breathtaking views and continuing with the small historic villages and the many elegant villas. An enchanted place where everyone can “build” the ideal holiday and experience the thrill of trying their hand at water sports and trekking. What greater thrill than taking the Greenway, a walk of about 10 kilometers that allows you to admire seven villages?
The best way to discover all the charm of Lake Lario is certainly to travel it aboard a boat, using taxi boats or scheduled boats, which will also amuse children a lot. Better still, rent a boat for a day in order to see up close the most evocative natural glimpses and the small villages that overlook the huge stretch of water and at the same time take a dip in its transparent waters.
Cernobbio, Laglio, Isola Comacina, Lenno, Tremezzo, Menaggio, Bellagio and Varenna are just some of the most beautiful places to discover during a holiday in Como and its splendid lake, without forgetting Lecco which inspired the great Alessandro Manzoni.
Where to stay in Como and on the lake
For those seeking comfort and relaxation above all, there are so many solutions both in the city and in the rest of the villages along the lake. Luxurious hotels with swimming pool, sauna, wi-fi and many other services are ready to welcome the most demanding customers.
But there is no shortage of pensions, farmhouses, bed & breakfasts and apartments managed by individuals, also present in the villages and with lower costs that represent an excellent alternative to still enjoy a complete holiday.
Como, the lake and the flavors of tradition
You cannot visit Como without having tasted the local cuisine. The flavors of the place are characterized by products from both the lake and the mountains and, therefore, fresh fish, meat and cheeses accompanied by yellow or buckwheat polenta.
Among the many exquisite dishes, the mixed fried fish made up of bleak and agoni floured and fried in iron pans and fillets of perch and whitefish breaded with eggs and cooked in butter and sage stand out.
Here is everything you need to know about “That branch of Lake Como” … which will make its visitors fall in love!
Cover Image: Lombardia facile – Regione Lombardia