The Most Beautiful Sites of Lake Como

If you look at Lake Como on Google Maps, you will immediately distinguish it from other lakes in northern Italy due to its inverted Y shape. About 31 miles from Milan, this lake is the third largest Italian lake after the Maggiore and Lake Garda. It is also the deepest – 1345 feet.

For centuries, this lake, protected by headlands, has fascinated vacationers from all over the world.
The charm of the lake lies in the variety of landscapes that can be admired by swimming through the lake from north to south and from side to side.

Below we have selected some of the most beautiful places that you can visit in the Lake Como region. We have put together a route that will take you to some of the most beautiful places in Italy.

Bellagio

Bellagio is a charming village overlooking Lake Como, which has the characteristic that it is located exactly at the point where one sleeve of the lake merges with another. For those who do not know, Lake Como turns into a part of the territory that forms the shape of the letter Y.

In the middle of the lake, Bellagio rises at the confluence of the two sleeves of Como and Lecco.
In the nineteenth century, the village was the most popular holiday destination for aristocrats and nobles. Although it has been many years, Bellagio has retained its reputation and status as a world-famous tourist destination.

Ancient churches, impressive stone staircases, narrow streets, charming alleys and colorful villas make the village an attractive place for those who are looking for a romantic and unforgettable vacation.

Chernobbio

The village of Cernobbio is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious places to spend a holiday on Lake Como. The main square of Cernobbio, Piazza del Risorgimento, overlooks the lake, where art and music events are held on various occasions. A beautiful walk along the beautiful lake will allow you to enjoy the beauty of this place with its unique landscape. The Villa D’Este, a 16th-century residence that was after transformed into a prestigious opulence hotel, is not to be missed in Cernobbio. It is also worth visiting Villa Erba, a 19th-century building that was once the home of Lukino Visconti. Admiring the Villa Bernasconi and Villa Pizzo, you can look back and experience the aromas of distant and magnificent eras.

Laglio and Moltrasio

Laglio and Moltrasio are a great route for an unforgettable excursion to the lake, passing through the villages along the historic Via Regina Vecchia. Laglio, today a city known for its many VIP residences, is a very beautiful village with a breathtaking view of the lake. Laglio is also home to Villa Oleandra, a former residence of the Lombard nobility, bought by George Clooney in 2002.

On the other hand, in Moltrasio there is the beautiful Villa Passalaqua, a diamond overlooking the waters of the lake that reflects the style of ancient Greece.

Argeño

Argeño is a medieval village divided in half by the waters of the river Tele. The historic center is not only a popular place for peak and nature lovers, but also offers many fascinating sights surrounded by impressive houses on the lake shore. From Argeño you can take the cable car up to the plain of Pigra to enjoy a wonderful view of the countryside.

Varenn

Varenna, once a fishing village, has now become a picturesque town and an elegant refuge for tourists on a small promontory on Lake Como at the starting of the branch from Lecco. There are many restaurants with a cozy atmosphere, decorated in the name of traditions. This charming village is characterized by typical houses with a variety of very bright and rich colors. In addition to admiring the Vesio Castle, you can walk along the so-called “Promenade of lovers”, a romantic place that leaves its mark on the memory of its visitors and evokes unforgettable emotions for a long time. It is also worth visiting Piazza San Giorgio and visiting the church of San Giorgio, built in the Middle Ages. Villa Cipressi and Villa Monastero are also worth a visit, as they are the two most beautiful buildings on Lake Como.

Tremezzo

Tremezzo is a borgo that offers a breathtaking view of Lake Como, which makes it a must for those who visit the region of the lake. This village is located halfway on the western shore of Lake Como and has a natural heritage that is worth discovering.

Tremezzo offers many valuable and unique architectural pieces, such as Villa Carlotta, with gardens characterized by azaleas, rhododendrons, Japanese maples, palm trees, cacti, bamboos, orchids and other plants. The park is 14 hectares in size. It is also worth visiting the interior of the villa to admire paintings, sculptures and tapestries.

Lecco

Lecco is an industrial city from the 19th century. A symbolic monument is the bridge of Azzone Visconti or Ponte Vecchio, which is still used today. In the historical center there is Villa Manzoni, which until 1818 belonged to the family of a great writer. Among the historical sites recognizable in the novel is the Capuchin Monastery of Pescarenico.

On the shores of Lecco, near Colico, a visit to the Peony Abbey is not to be missed. This abbey was founded in the 11th and 12th centuries. The monastery in the Romanesque and Gothic style is beautiful. Here you can buy the delicious liqueur Gocce Imperiali or Tintura Imperiale, which is also produced in other abbeys of Italy.

St. Peter and Michelon

San Pietro al Monte is an architectural and artistic complex of great value in Civat. It stands on the ledge of Monte Cornizzolo at an altitude of more than 600 m. An absolute masterpiece is the cyborium in the church of San Pietro, which rises above the altar.

Menaggio

Located at the starting of the valley that leads to Lake Lugano, it is the ideal starting point to visit various points of interest: the hiking trails of Val Sanagra, the Via Ferrata of Monte Grona and the climbing walls in the middle of the town and the village of Nobiallo.

From the shore of the lake you can admire the numerous villages that tower over the banks and the magnificent historical villas surrounded by lush gardens that once belonged to the Italian aristocracy, the nobility of neighboring countries beyond the Alps or the supreme prelates of the Vatican. One after the other, they have been circling around the lake since the 16th century.