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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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Useful Information

Resort Code: ITCM

Languages spoken: Italian

Time difference: GMT+1

Currency: EUR

  • from£558pp
  • 84 rooms
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In the heart of Como's main square and boasting stunning views of Como's azure waters, Hotel Barchetta offers stellar service and a warm and friendly atmosphere. 

 

  • from£449pp
  • 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 hydrafoil to the other resorts on Italy's most luxurious lake. 

Menaggio, Italy river & Lake

A two-centre holiday (10 nights) exploring the exciting city of Como in the south of the lake and relaxing Menaggio in the west. It includes 3 nights in Como followed by 7 nights in Menaggio and two excursions.

Travel and Transportation

Departure day To Depart from Supplement
Wednesday/Saturday
Wednesday/Saturday
Wednesday/Saturday
Wednesday
Wednesday/Saturday
Wednesday/Saturday
Wednesday/Saturday
Milan Gatwick
Heathrow
Luton
Cambridge
Birmingham
Manchester
Edinburgh
Nil/£19
Nil/£19
Nil/£19
£19
£49/£69
£89/£59
£39/£69

Transfer Approx. 2hrs 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

Inghams Plus

  • Inghams Saver Plus: Save £50 per couple for Summer 2019 departures - whilst stocks last!  
  • Excusion Savings - see Excursions tab
  • Early Booking Offers at selected hotels
  • Inghams Rep based in resort

Special Offers

Excursions

EXCURSIONS

We offer a range of guided excursions to help you make the most of your holiday. 

Special Excursion Packages
Pre-book any of the excursion packages below, and SAVE up to £20
Milan + Bergamo + St. Moritz £125 : Booking Code: A

PRE-BOOKABLE

St. Moritz £51, full day, Monday

This full day excursion to St Moritz includes the famous Bernina Express train from Poschiavo and takes you through breathtaking scenery.By coach we take you up the northern arm of the lake, and into the majestic Val Valtellina, one of the great valleys of the eastern Alps and producer of the area’s splendid wines, meats and cheeses. Our first stop, for coffee, is at the small town of Tirano with its notable cathedral.

We then proceed to Poschiavo for the highlight of the day: a spectacular ride on the Bernina Express, past glaciers, over dramatic gorges and viaducts, as far as Diavolezza, covering the highest part of the journey which climbs the steepest gradients in the world (of up to 70%) without the use of cog wheels.

It is then a short and scenic journey on to St Moritz itself, where you have free time to take in the stunning views over the crystal lake, explore and admire the shops and to have lunch.

Our descent, by coach, is no less dramatic. We take the unforgettable road down through the Maloja pass, with extraordinary vistas offered at every moment. The final stop is back in Italy, at the charming, historic town of Chiavenna, the ‘key’ of Italy, where you can explore the town’s attractive, cobbled streets and shops.

Milan £48, full day, Tuesday

Taking the panoramic road along Lake Como’s ‘arm of gold’, skirting past Como, we stop for a coffee-break outside Milan. En route you will receive general instructions about the city and a map, before starting the tour with an expert guide who will first take you around the extraordinary Renaissance Castello Sforzesco, one of Milan's great monuments which was once Europe's greatest fortress.

Then enjoy many of the sights, ancient and modern, from the comfort of the bus, with a full live commentary from our expert guide, until you arrive at La Scala, the world’s most famous opera house. You will then be treated to an entertaining and informative guided tour of the historic centre of Milan, making your way from La Scala through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, to the Cathedral itself. The awe-inspiring Duomo, the third-largest in the world, has the largest stained glass of any cathedral and yet has an ethereal quality conjured up by the pink-veined Candoglia marble and the intricate details of its façade and roof.

Then you are free to enjoy the afternoon you wish. Whether you would like to take the chance to visit one of Milan’s renowned art galleries or museums, including La Scala Museum, sample the designer shops, department stores, enjoy the unrivaled views from the top of the Duomo, or simply enjoy exploring the elegant streets, or the lovely Brera district, full of charming bars, cafes and the site of the famous Brera Art gallery, you will find all these options within a few minutes’ walk.

Stresa and Lake Orta £52, full day, Friday

Lake Orta, only twelve kilometres in length, has been described as the most romantic of all the Italian lakes. It inspired Browning and captured Nietzsche's heart.

We first visit the lake’s enchanting town of Orta San Julio, set on a garden peninsular and overlooking the island of San Giulio. Orta’s streets are too narrow for cars so it makes exploring the cobbled streets a breeze, lined with shops, bars and restaurants and ancient buildings. All streets lead to the handsome Piazza Motta which offers a stunning views over to the island of San Giulio.

Lake Maggiore is a majestic, blue lake and the second largest of the Italian lakes, at 65 km in length. We visit Stresa, the ‘Pearl of Verbano, and Maggiore’s most beautiful town, at the foot of imposing Monte Mottarone, which has a cable-car running to its peak (4.920 ft). The town, which has a charming piazza and large number of shops and bars, hosts a famous series of concerts from the end of August to the end of September. The lakeside promenade is celebrated for its lush vegetation and flowers, including oleanders, mimosa and azaleas.

Included in the price of the tour, is a visit to the Isola Bella by private boat (entrance to the Palazzo Borromeo and its gardens at additional cost). The gardens were inspired by the ‘hanging gardens of Babylon’ and Count Borromeo fashioned them into the shape of a ship for his wife, Isabella, giving the island its name. The palace houses a fine collection of art.

BOOK LOCALLY | Prices are for guidance only.

  • Villas of Como £38, half day
  • Lugano and Como £43, full day

 

Sight Seeing Tour Bus (East Coast) 

This fantastic and locally run sight seeing tour is certainly not something to miss. This multi-lingual hop on/hop off bus service takes you from Piazza Garibaldi right up through Lecco to the colourful harbour town of Varenna, the stunning crystalline waters of the Orrido di Bellano gorge and the majestic Castello di Vezio. Tickets for the bus service can be bought at local offices and prices range from €20.00 per adult for a return all day ticket to €10.00 for an evening ticket returning at 11.45pm. 

There are also child tickets (ages 5-15 years) available starting at €10.00 with children under the age of 5 travelling for free.

 

Please note: We act at all times as selling agent for the suppliers of activities & excursions. See terms & conditions. Guests staying in Moltrasio need to book all excursions locally. Prices correct at time of publication and may vary up or down. 

Things To Do

  • Use the ferries to explore the lake
  • 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

Activity Information

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.

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.

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.

 

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