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Lake Como

Lake Como in Italy is considered the most beautiful of the northern Italian lakes. And no wonder! Because the picturesque lake with its colorful villas in the midst of an impressive mountain backdrop is breathtaking! So, what are you waiting for? Let yourself be enchanted by the charm of Lake Como!

30/05/2021

dear(travel)diary,

I am constantly amazed by the beauty of Italy. Lake Como was no exception. Quite the opposite! I've already been to Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano and I loved all the lakes. But Lake Como took the cake once again. The mixture of huge mountains, impressive villas, colorful cities, glittering water and cute mountain villages totally thrilled us! I can totally understand why George Clooney chose to live here.

So if you're looking for a destination for your next vacation in northern Italy, then the “Lario” (as Lake Como is called by locals) should be at the top of your list! Or you can go on a lakeside road trip. Because the other northern Italian lakes are all worth seeing too!

xx Chiara

Overview:


What to see & discover:

  1. Visit one of the beautiful villas
  2. Enjoy the sun on the Lido
  3. Go on a boat trip
  4. Wander around Bellagio
  5. Discover Varenna
  6. Stroll through Torno
  7. Visit one of the markets in the towns
  8. Discover small mountain villages
  9. Buy delicious olive oil in Lenno
  10. Shopping & dining in Como
  11. Hiking along the greenway
  12. Jetting around the lake by car


Where to eat

We didn't even have a bad meal! But there were a few places we particularly liked, and I'd like to introduce them to you here:

  • Restaurant of the "Campeggio La Vedo", Via Comoedia, 2, Lenno
  • Bar Italia Tornoallariva B&B, Via Plinio, 11, Torno
  • Latteria San Fedele Como, Via Francesco Muralto, 39, Como
  • Agriturismo Binda, Località, Pian del Tivano, 6, Sormano
  • La Balbiana, Vicolo Delmati Guido, 1, Lenno
  • Gelateria "La Passerella", Contrada del Porto Varenna, 14, Varenna
  • La Fabbrica Del Gelato, Piazza 11 Febbraio, 15, Lenno
  • Il Grifo, Via Mattia del Riccio, 19, Lenno


Where to sleep

As we were traveling by van, we camped on Lake Como. We first looked for a nice campsite in Lenno (“Campeggio La Vedo”). For us, the campsite was in the perfect location for all our excursions. The adjacent restaurant was also very good (we particularly recommend the pizza), the sanitary facilities were well maintained and the staff were friendly. We also really liked the village of Lenno, as it wasn't quite so touristy, so I would also recommend non-campers to look for accommodation there. There is also the beautiful Villa del Balbianello in Lenno!

We spent the last night wild camping. We chose a great location via Park4Night at the mountain lake “Lago di Pusiano” between Como and Lecco (10 Via Cristoforo Colombo). There was a beach by the lake with a jetty leading into the water. We spent a romantic last evening there.


Costs

  • Pitch Campeggio La Vedo for 4 nights in total: 83€
  • Overnight stay Via Cristoforo Colombo: 0€
  • Overnight stay Park San Mamete (Lake Lugano): 0€
  • Total cost for food for 2 people: approx. 180€
  • Ferry day ticket: 15€ p.p.
  • Entrance to Castello di Vezio: 5€ p.p.
  • Entrance to Villa Balbianello: 18€ p.p.
  • Parking costs Como: 3€
  • Fuel costs round trip: approx. 250€
  • Annual vignette for Switzerland (when driving through Switzerland): 43€



I have put together a list of all the places on Google Maps.

You can find the list here.


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