Lake Como cuts a dashing figure on the map. Its wishbone-shaped waters make up the deepest lake in Italy, stretching out one arm north to the Alps and two arms south towards Milan. Fine villas, vineyards and gardens decorate mountainous shores that have been the backdrop to many a Hollywood film – places best explored by the footpaths that connect them. Boats shuttle wanderers between Lenno, Bellagio, and Menaggio, each of which have their own footpaths, stories and cuisine to share. Thanks to its spot on the border, day trips to Switzerland are easy!
The hiking paths of Lake Como… and the refuelling stops
Lake Como lies in spectacular surroundings best explored by its footpaths. The 10km-long Greenway is a highlight, rolling easily between Colonno and Tremezzo via a labyrinth of lakeside villages, gothic churches, Roman roads and villas with cypress-brushed gardens. Alternatively, set your sights on rocky peaks such as Monte Grona, which reward walkers with widescreen views over Lake Como. Cycling is a great alternative – and e-bikes are on hand to lend an extra boost for climbs and long-distance trails.
Of course, every rambler needs refuelling – perhaps with a plate of grilled perch and risotto, a glass of the local Valtellina red, or simply a cappuccino while watching the world go by.
Exploring by boat
Lakeside paths connect many of the towns of Lake Como – or you can hop aboard the boats that travel between. Take note of the calendar too. There’s a market on practically every day of the week in Lake Como. Depending on the day, you could wind up browsing market stalls along the old town walls of Como, picking up alpine cheese, honey and jam in Bellano, or perusing intricate lace souvenirs in Cernobbio.
Luxury villa hopping
Lake Como has long been a glamorous holiday spot. Wealthy Romans built some of the first villas on the lakeshore; these days, you’re more likely to bump into Hollywood A-listers. The real stars of the show, however, are the villas themselves. Star Wars and James Bond fans may recognise Lenno’s Villa del Balbianello, with its romantic gardens and fairy-tale towers. Then there are the sculpture galleries of 17th-century Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo and the waterside gardens of Bellagio’s Villa Melzi – one of the prettiest strolls in Lake Como.
Making the most of the breeze
The unusual geography of Lake Como creates summer breezes ideal for sailing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding and windsurfing in the north, and kayaking and paddle-boarding in the more sheltered corners of the south. This is one of the deepest lakes in Europe; where locals have come up with nicknames for at least six types of wind, so exploring with a local guide who knows how to safely navigate the waters is always recommended. Alternatively, marvel at Lake Como from above – from the windows of the sea planes that set out from Como town.
Why book a summer holiday in Lake Como with Inghams?
At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Lake Como's best walking routes and activities at your own pace.
With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Lake Como include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.