Lake Como Towns
West Shore – North to South
Domaso – boasting it’s own little harbour that enjoys the warm ‘La Breva’ breeze, La Domaso is the perfect spot for watersports. Not only can you go windsurfing and sailing, there are also tennis courts, a football pitch and a gym to help keep you fit. A popular tourist spot with some great places to eat, many of which are noted for their old-fashioned rustic cuisine.
Gravedona – situated in an enchanting gulf, protected to the north by picturesque mountains. Like Domaso, watersports are a big feature of the waterfront activity. The town is characterized by small piazzas, lanes and alleyways leading to old churches and monuments. The new promenade redevelopment on the waterfront contrasts beautifully with the old town.
Dongo – up and coming town, Dongo is situated in a small gulf and again (as with so many of the towns situated on the lakeside, attracts watersports enthusiasts. It has a commercial past but has recently begun to reinvent itself as a leisure and tourism destination with plenty of eateries and shops to explore. There is a fantastic boat hire centre in Dongo which rents out power boats that don’t require a licence to operate.
Musso – sits snugly on the waterfront and winds its way into the adjoining terraced hillsides. Musso is a typical Italian lake town where you can take pleasant hillside strolls that take in the magnificent lake vistas. It has a small ferry port and is not far from the larger town of Dongo.
Menaggio – is one of the more famously known towns along the lake and covers a vast area from up on the hillside down to the lakefront. It is the hub of the western shoreline. Your visit to Lake Como will almost certainly bring you to Menaggio and you wonâ€™t be disappointed. With great food, drink and shopping off the lovely lakefront piazza you can eat and drink alfresco from early until late. You will also be able to enjoy its small marina that looks across to the romantic town of Bellagio and Varenna which completes Lake Como’s ‘golden triangle’. Menaggio also has a childrens playpark located behind the main townhall as well as mini golf situated on the lakefront.
Cadenabbia – noted for its stunning villas and fascinating history, Cadenabbia and Griante sit between the mountains and the shores of Lake Como. A steep walk from Griante up the mountain takes you to the San Martino church where you have excellent panoramic views across Lake Como. Stop for coffee or a bite of lunch in the Bar Vecchia Torre in the heart of Griante. A pleasure to stroll around and to take in the ambience from a bygone age. There is a childrens playpark across from the Bar Vecchia Torre as well as a public tennis court.
Tremezzo – nestling between the mountains and shoreline and an easy stroll along the lakefront from Cadenabbia/Griante, Tremezzo typifies Lake Como. With some incredible waterside restaurants and hotels, it oozes elegance. Visit the famous Villa Carlotta which is situated between Tremezzo and Griante on the lakefront.
Mezzegra – is made up of a cluster of smaller communes that form a thriving small town of shops, cafes, restaurants and a children’s park. It is very near the centre of the lake and is close to the lakeside with stunning views.
Lenno – with stunning views across the gulf of Venus, Lenno is another lakeside town with some great eateries, small hotels, plus a very pretty promenade leading to the famous Villa Balbianello. There is also the Lido di Lenno where you can sunbathe, relax and grab a bit to eat during the day and party at night.
Ossuccio – located in a valley known as the ” zoca de l’Oli “, the town is known for its climate, olive trees, the natural beauty of its location on the lake opposite Isola Comacina and as well as its numerous ancient monuments. There is also a childrens playpark located in the centre of the town.
Argegno – from its large waterfront and marina, this bustling small town and its close neighbour Shignano, pushes sharply upwards into the imposing mountainside. The old and new come together making Argegno an up and coming hot spot.
Laglio – is a lakefront picturesque town and is one of the oldest settlements on Lake Como. Some say it is best viewed from the lake, which is a must if you want to catch a glimpse of the town’s most famous resident Mr George Clooney.
Moltrasio – this lakeside town has all the ingredients for a truly wonderful visit. You can enjoy the public Lido, small harbour cafes, bars, and the lovely restaurant Imperialino is a must for sitting back and relaxing with the stunning lake vista.
Cernobbio – famous for the stunning Villa d’Este as its backdrop, Cernobbio is a great location for all. It’s generally flat topography makes it a leisurely place to stroll. Its extensive lakefront promenade, eclectic shops and one of the best children’s parks (with a huge pirate ship) make a day or evening trip an absolute must.
Como – has everything; great designer shopping, wonderful cafes and bars and stunning architecture. It’s worth losing yourself in Como for a day to see the beating heart of the lake. Exploring the town of Como on foot is the ideal way to see it as the streets fan out from the Duomo at the centre of Como.
South Shore – West to East
Blevio – set on the Bellagio side of the lake, this beautiful town is made up of seven small villages. From the shoreline of Lake Como upwards it has spectacular views across the lake to Villa d’Este. With an excellent choice of shops, restaurants and bars, this makes Blevio a truly worthwhile day out.
Bellagio – Taking centre stage on the lake, this evocative town is steeped in romance and history. Favoured for its luxury shops and restaurants, you can while away the day enjoying the cafe culture, wandering the backstreets or simply staring in awe at the beauty of all that surrounds this town. If you’re with the kids take them to the park and enjoy the amazing vista.
Lecco & Malgrate – situated on the fjord-like eastern branch of the lake, Lecco is a more commercial town and arguably not the prettiest on the lake. What it does have in its favour is that it is also the least touristy section of Lake Como. The town has good public transport links, plenty of access to the mountains for serious walking and climbing and plenty of good places to eat and shop.
Eastern Shore – North to South
Colico – is located at the north end of the lake and sits at the foot at Monte Legnone so you can enjoy 360 degrees of stunning vistas with an alpine backdrop and stunning lake views. Colico is a perfect family destination and is a hub for watersports and outdoor activities for all ages, including swimming, cycling, tennis and boating (sail and motor). The beautiful port boasts a pedestrianised piazza and promenade with restaurants and shops. Nearby is the Bay of Piona which has three beaches and lots to do for the family. Colico also boasts a direct rail link into Milan – perfect for a day in the capital of the north.
Dervio – benefits from the warm winds of ‘la Breva’, making it a popular area for windsurfers and sailors. Dervio has a lovely sandy beach and is a favourite with families.
Bellano – moor your boat and sit by the lake enjoying a coffee or walk the narrow winding streets amongst the old houses. This picturesque working village has year-round appeal and the authentic cuisine in this very Italian setting will definitely delight.
Varenna – is part of the Lake Como’s ‘golden triangle’ made up of Menaggio, Bellagio and of course Varenna. With its busy ferry port, lakeside restaurants, cafes and shops, the town is a must for a visit.