Como Holidays

The capital of the lake

A historic, bustling city and the capital of the province, Como lies at the south western tip of Lake Como. As well as the legacies of a rich and varied past, there is a cosmopolitan feel and café culture here now. On your holiday in Como, as well as relaxing walks along the lake promenade and a spot of shopping, you can also split your time between visiting interesting artefacts and relaxing at a piazza café Italian style with a coffee or an ice cream.

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  • from£578pp
  • 84 rooms
Hotel Barchetta, Exterior Harbour

In the heart of Como's main square and boasting stunning views of the lake, Hotel Barchetta offers stellar service and a warm and friendly atmosphere.

  • from£459pp
  • 28 rooms
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A short stroll from Como's famous piazzas, Hotel Plinius is settled within the pedestrian area making it an enviable base for visiting the local attractions or catching the hydrofoil to the other resorts on Italy's most luxurious lake. 

Useful Information
Information about Como
Resort Code ITCM
Languages spoken Italian
Time difference GMT+1
Currency EUR
Latitude 45.808891
Longitude 9.083236
Travel and Transportation
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Wednesday/Saturday
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Wednesday
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Milan Gatwick
Heathrow
Luton
Cambridge
Birmingham
Manchester
Edinburgh
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£19
£49/£69
£89/£59
£39/£69

Transfer time: approx. 2 hours by coach.

Supplements: are based on 7 nights departures.

Self drive is available

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: 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 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 Ital’s prettiest lakes and oozes romance. It’s 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.

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 an historic wine cellar.

Departs: Thursdays 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 COMBINATIONS

You can combine Como with any resort on Lake Maggiore. Fly to Bergamo and combine Como with Lake Iseo, or with some resorts on Lake Garda such as Gardone Riviera.

 

Things To Do

Things to do in Como

The city itself has a wealth of attractions for sightseers, with an historic centre dating back to Roman times, ancient walls, passageways to explore and many churches dating from various centuries including the Duomo (cathedral), San Fedele (a Romanesque church) and Sant’Abbondio (a Romanesque basilica). Museums include the Tempio Voltiano, a science museum dedicated to the inventor of the battery, Alessandro Volta, who was born here.

For a touch of “Como with altitude”, take the funicular up to Brunate for great views of the lake. Como is also a good base to explore the region, with regular ferries visiting other Lake Como resorts.

  • 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 Brunate Funicular | Easy | Approx 3 hrs |
Since 1894, the Como-Brunate funicular railway has been taking passengers up to Brunate to enjoy the breathtaking views this vantage point offers over Lake Como and the surrounding mountains. Once at the top, you can explore the areas such as Brunate, which has the Pissarottino spring, the splendid Villa d’Este and Monte Rosa. On the way back down we pass the 15th century former convent of Eremo di San Donato.

Good to know

  • Take the train for a day trip to Milan or use the ferry service to explore the quaint towns of Lake Como like Bellagio and Varenna in the central lake area
  • Ride up the Brunate funicular railway and walk to the lighthouse to take in stunning views of the lake and city skyline
  • The inventor of the cell battery, Alessandro Volta, was born and raised in Como and there is a museum dedicated to him that you can visit
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