Cadenabbia Holidays

Stretching across the west lake promenade

In a sheltered lakeside position on the western shores of Lake Como, Cadenabbia is a super spot for a lakes and mountain holiday - with Mount Crocione behind you, you can look across the lake for wonderful views of the headland village of Bellagio and the Dolomite mountain range beyond. It has been a popular health resort with the British since Victorian times – indeed Queen Victoria herself chose to holiday in Cadenabbia and one of the country’s first Anglican churches was built here in 1891. Other notable heads of state who have sojourned here including Nicholas II, Kaiser Guglielmo II and Pope Pio XI; Mary Shelley wrote about Cadenabbia as long ago as 1844, and a few years later Guiseppe Verdi composed Traviata in the peace and quiet of Villa Ricordo (Villa Margherita). Between the 17th and 19th centuries many other villas were built here and nearby including Villa Collina, Villa Giuseppina and Villa Norella.

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  • from£539pp
  • 192 rooms
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Grand Hotel Cadenabbia is a former palace and Queen Victoria once stayed here, so you'll be in good company. The hotel's retained its Edwardian grandeur and is a great place to get away from it all. The roof terrace has fantastic lake views and the pool at the back of the hotel is lovely and peaceful. You'll be down the road from Villa Carlotta and close to the ferry port so it's a good base if you want explore Lake Como. 

  • from£519pp
  • 284 rooms
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The Britannia Excelsior has a great location just steps away from the ferry landing stage with breath taking views of the bay towards Bellagio. We love the pool here, it's the largest floating pool in Europe! You'll get a Deluxe Room and an all-inclusive upgrade as standard, so there's plenty of choice when it comes to dining. 

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Information about Cadenabbia
Resort Code ITCA
Languages spoken Italian
Time difference GMT+1
Currency EUR
Travel and Transportation
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Milan Gatwick
Heathrow
Luton
Cambridge
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Edinburgh
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£49/£69
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Transfer time: approx. 2 hours by coach.

Supplements: are based on 7 nights departures.

Self drive is available

For guests opting to fly into Verona the transfer time is approx. 3hrs by coach

Car hire available: No

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: No

Excursions

St. Moritz & the Bernina Express (full day)

Leave Lake Como and travel by coach into the majestic Val Valtellina, stopping for coffee in the small town of Tirano, before boarding the magnificent Bernina Express. This spectacular journey then travels past glaciers and over dramatic gorges before arriving in St. Moritz. You’ll have some free time to explore and enjoy a spot of lunch (payable locally) in this picturesque town. The return to Lake Como by coach is just as scenic and follows the road through the Maloja pass, stopping in the historic town of Chiavenna where you’ll find cobbled streets and local boutiques.

Departs: Mondays and Wednesdays from mid May to mid September

Price: £57pp.

Milan (full day)

Enjoy a full day excursion visiting the fashion capital of Italy. An expert guide with show you Milan’s highlights starting with Sforzesco Castle, which was once considered one of Europe’s greatest fortresses. Your excursions continues by coach where you’ll enjoy a full commentary by your guide as you drive around the city. Once you reach La Scala, Milan’s famous opera house, you’ll continue by foot through the historic centre to see the Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – the world’s first shopping mall! The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore and maybe do a spot of shopping.

Departs: Tuesdays from mid May to mid September

Price: £52pp.

Lake Orta & Stresa

Lake Orta is one of Italy’s prettiest lakes and oozes romance. Its picturesque cobbled streets are too narrow for cars, which makes it a pleasure to wander around as you discover local shops, charming cafes and lovely lake views. When you’ve had enough time to explore, the tour continues to Lake Maggiore and the lakefront resort of Stresa. A private boat will take you across the lake to the Borromean Islands where you can visit the botanical gardens of Isola Bella.

Departs: Fridays from mid May to mid September

Price: £57pp. Entrance fee to Isola Bella is payable locally.

Villa Balbienello (half day)

No visit to Lake Como would be complete without seeing it’s most beautiful villas and spectacular gardens. Built at the end of the 18th century, the villa now belongs to the FIA, Italy’s version of the National Trust. Wander through the villa and admire exquisitely-furnished interiors and a vast art collection. The manicured gardens are a delight to walk through and you can enjoy stunning lake views from many spots in the garden.

Departs: Sundays from mid May to mid September

Price: £48. 

Piona Abbey & Wine Tasting (approx. 6 hours)

The impressive Piona Abbey sits at the peninsula of Olgiasca and enjoys fantastic views over the lake. Spend some time enjoying these and the lovely, peaceful atmosphere of the Abbey, which is still inhabited by Cistercian Monks. In the afternoon you’ll a tasting of two local wines in a historic wine cellar.

Departs: Thursday from mid May to mid September

Price: £50pp.

Como & Lake Lugano (full day)

Start your day in the charming town of Como where you can admire its lakefront piazza and stunning cathedral. Continue by coach to Lugano, one of Switzerland's most elegant towns. Visit the wonderful Via Nassa and the square of Riforma with their striking buildings and exclusive shops or choose to spend time in the town's pretty park.

Departs: Fridays from mid May to mid September

Price: £55pp.

Bergamo (full day)

Bergamo has been described as the open air museum in the world. Birthpace of opera writer Gaetano Donizetti, this small city is brimming with history. Medieval towers look out over cobbled streets and charming piazzas, and there are wonderful views at every turn. You’ll begin your day here with some free time to explore before meeting an expert city guide for an interesting walking tour of Bergamo.

Departs: Thursdays from May to October

Price: €60pp. Please note that this excursion is only bookable locally in resort (subject to minimum numbers).

 

Please note that we act at all times as a selling agent for our suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. See terms & conditions.

Resort Combination

You can combine Cadenabbia with any resort on Lake Como or Lake Maggiore

Things To Do

With glorious lakes and mountain scenery around you it’s tempting to laze around and do very little, but if you feel energetic and fancy exploring there is a delightful (if steep) walk up to the 16th century church of San Martino. There is nearby Griante to explore, the famous Villa Carlotta botanical gardens are on the way to nearby Tremezzo and, of course, everyone on a holiday to Lake Como is bound to take a boat trip - or three!

  • 18 hole golf course at Menaggio
  • Hiking around Monte Grona (above Menaggio)
  • Mountain biking trails around lake
  • Trips to well-known Villas of Balbianello (Lenno), Carlotta (Tremezzo) and Monastero (Varenna)
  • Como Town - 30 minutes away by hydrofoil
Walking

The Green Way | Easy | Approx 4 hrs (return by bus) |
This walk takes you through some of the most charming villages on Lake Como; Sala Comacina, Ossuccio, Lenno, Mezzegra, Tremezzo and Cadenabbia before arriving at the village of Griante. A great opportunity to get to know the area around Tremezzo and Cadenabbia before exploring further.

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An 11 night two-centre holiday exploring two of Italy's most famous lakes. It includes 4 nights in Stresa and 7 nights in Cadenabbia.

Good to know

  • Buy a central lake day ticket to explore the towns from Bellano to Lenno on any passenger or car ferries
  • Visit Villa Carlotta and discover the magnificent botanical gardens enjoying unrivalled views over the lake across to Bellagio
  • One of the first hotels to open its doors to guests on Lake Como was the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia, once called Grand Hotel Bellevue
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