Lake Como is a must see for anyone with a love of Italy or those just seeking to kick back and relax in the meditational surroundings of one of Italy’s great geographical wonders.
Below is a complete guide to the best hotels in Lake Como, best restaurants in Lake Como and the best things to do in Como.
Best hotels Lake Como
We stayed at the Grand Hotel Menaggio which has stunning views onto Lake Como and Bellagio in the distance.
The hotel is a little dated inside (that’s also part of its charm though), however, it is comfortable and has a large swimming pool directly adjacent to the lake, and this alone gives the hotel that luxury travel vibe that would make me come back for another stay.
Book a Lake View room for just a smidgen over £100 per night, a bargain for those wanting to indulge in a little luxury lifestyle.
Best restaurants Lake Como
Menaggio has a beautiful little town square fed by a stream of old, quaint alleyways and there are a few decent bars and cafes dotted around.
Our standout favourite was Il Ristorante di Paolo located right on the main piazza with great views over Lake Como. The starter of Puglian Burrata and the main course of Pappardelle with fresh truffle shavings are two of the best dishes I have ever eaten in Italy or anywhere else for that matter. A testament to the rule of a few simple ingredients can make for the most fantastic dish.
Things to do Lake Como
You can catch a regular ferry right by the Grand Hotel Menaggio which will take you to a multitude of beautiful lakeside towns including the famous Bellagio which itself is only about 5 minutes away.
We hired a small motor boat for about an hour and cruised around the bay at our leisure. At the cost of about 40 Euros, this was excellent value for money.
Lake Como is the perfect place to kick back and relax. Chill by the hotel pool with a good book and a glass or three of Prosecco, or follow a nice scenic walk with a long, lazy lunch. I found jogging in the morning or evening very therapeutic as you can just listen to some tunes and take in the views as you run by the lake.
What to wear
The weather is very changeable in Lake Como so pack trousers, fleece, windbreaker, swim shorts / bikini, t-shirts, maxi dresses…
How to get there
You can get to Lake Como by flying direct into Milan and then getting a car from the airport to Menaggio. We flew with Easyjet into Linate rather than Bergamo, but it depends on which part of the lake you are staying. The flights cost just over £200 for the two of us. The drive takes about an hour and a half, and there are plenty of taxis at the airport (beware the taxi will cost over £100 one way).
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