Holidays in Lenno

Lenno has star quality; providing a cinematic setting of lakeside villas, vineyards and olive groves to a wealth of Hollywood films

Lenno, on the western shore of Lake Como, marks the start of the richly decorated hamlets of the Costa della Tremezzina. A promenade, waterside restaurants and a fringe of groves and vineyards first planted by the Romans all curve around the horseshoe bay. Don’t worry if you get a strange sense of déjà vu while gazing at the view of Villa Balbianello. Lenno has doubled as a film set since Hitchcock shot his debut film here in the 1920s. The region’s real stories, however, are even more interesting, with a Celtic, Greco-Roman and rebellious partisan World War history lying behind the Hollywood polish.

Getting to know Lenno

Lenno might be small, but its offering of things to do is mighty. This little town is filled with cosy trattorias, grand villas, a lido, Romanesque churches – as well as cobbled streets along which to wander. However, one of the best things to do is absolutely nothing. Pull up a chair in a waterfront restaurant, order a cappuccino and drink in the views across the water to Bellagio and the mountains. Ferries putter from the pier, headed for the other towns of Lake Como.

Historic houses: Villa Balbianello

Most people visiting Lenno make a beeline for Villa Balbianello. Perched on the Lavedo promontory, it offers 360-degree views of the lake – exactly what made it an irresistible backdrop for Hollywood productions such as Star Wars and Casino Royale. You can take a stroll in the waterside gardens of holm oaks and statue-topped terraces.

Walking tours delve into the house museum, which is largely dedicated to the Italian mountaineer and explorer Guido Monzino, who lived here until his death in 1984. As well as an extensive library of maps, the exhibition includes a dog sled from an expedition to the North Pole.

Walking through Lake Como

Feeling inspired by Guido’s explorations? Head out onto the trails of Lake Como for a mini adventure. The Lake Como Greenway passes through town on its way to Campo, a medieval hamlet with a maze of shoulder-width alleys and stone houses. Alternatively, head north through neighbouring Azzano, where local partisans resisted the fascist regime of Mussolini – and where he was assassinated in 1945. Continue to Tremezzo, meandering past churches, palaces and tiny museums dedicated to nativity scenes. The 12th-century Acquafredda Abbey also lies on the northern edge of town; approach via a photogenic path through olive trees.

Lunches on Lenno lakeside

Lake-view restaurants range from smart ristorantes to casual pizzerias. Seafood risotto and the almond-sprinkled torta Tremezzina are Lenno classics – and it’s well worth joining the queue at a popular gelateria for a scoop of lemon or raspberry gelato. A market fills the waterfront Piazza XI Febbraio every Tuesday too, with local traders selling everything from haberdashery and tools to mountain cheeses and bottles of the beloved local olive oil, which is still made in the old mill of Oleificio Vanini Osvaldo.

Why book a summer holiday in Lenno 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 Lenno's best activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Lenno 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.

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Hotel Lenno, Exterior

Hotel Lenno's right on the lake, so it's easy to find a spot with a nice view and settle down with a good book. It's in the centre of Lenno so it's just a short walk from the local amenities and the ferry port.

Travel and Transportation

All our holidays include return travel to resort either by flight or train and then the transfer between the airport or railway station and Lenno. 

We offer departures on a Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with stays for 3, 4, 7, 10, 11 and 14 nights. 

Travel By Air

Flights to Milan are available from Manchester, London Gatwick, Edinburgh and Bristol.  

Transfer times: 

  • Milan airport: approx. 2 hour by coach

Private transfers and self drive options are available.

Travel By Train

We offer holidays by train to Lenno, which depart on a Wednesday and Friday. The journey takes around 14 hours. 

The provisional outbound timings are: 

Wednesdays & Fridays



London St Pancras



Paris Nord



Change at Paris Lyon


Milano Porta Garibaldi



Como St Giovanni



On arrival, your will transfer to Lenno by taxi/coach, which will take around 1 hour. 

The provisional inbound timings are:

Wednesdays & Fridays



Como St Giovanni



Milano Porta Garibaldi



 Paris Lyon



Change at Paris Nord


10.07 (following morning)

London St Pancras

11.30 (following morning)


Book your excursions in resort with your Inghams representative

Milan from £70 per person (full day)

An expert guide will show you Milan’s highlights starting with Sforzesco Castle. Once you reach La Scala, Milan’s famous opera house, you’ll continue on foot through the historic centre to see the Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – the world’s first shopping mall! The afternoon is at leisure exploring Milan at your own pace.

Departs: Tuesday

Lake Maggiore from £75 per person (full day)

Hop on a bus to the second biggest lake in Italy, Lake Maggiore where you'll get to experience a private boat trip which will take you across the lake to the Borromean Islands where you can visit the botanical gardens of Isola Bella and the Borromeo Palace. Next, you'll stop off at the traditional fishing island, Isola dei Pescatori with it's narrow lanes, little boutiques and wonderful fresh fish. You'll finish the day in Stresa where you'll have some free time before returning to Lake Como by bus.

Departs: Fridays. Entrance fee to Isola Bella is payable locally.

Villa Balbianello from £70 per person (half day)

No visit to Lake Como would be complete without seeing its 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 – there’s lots of spots where you can admire the stunning lake views.

Departs: Sunday- discounted tickets for National Trust members are also available. 

Como & Lake Lugano from £66 per person (full day)

You'll start the day by heading to Gandria a little lakeside village on the border of Italy and Switzerland. From here you'll take a 45 minute boat trip over to Lugano where you'll have some time to explore this beautiful town and the markets, shops and architecture it has to offer. Lugano is often called the Rio de Janeiro of Switzerland due to it's friendly and lively atmosphere and is home to the famous Franciscan church of Santa Maria degli Angeli - definitely worth a visit! After lunch you'll transfer to Lake Como where you'll have some more free time to enjoy the fantastic artwork, churches, gardens, parks and palaces. You'll then head back to your hotel by bus at around 5pm.

Departs: Friday. A passport may be required for this excursion as you will be crossing country borders.

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St. Moritz & the Bernina Train from £75 per person (full day)

Leave Lake Como and travel by coach into the majestic Val Valtellina before boarding the Bernina Express. This spectacular railway journey 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). 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.

Departs: Monday

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

This small, tranquil village is based around a little horseshoe bay looking across to the village of Bellagio. It has a lovely selection of restaurants and cafés where you can pause for a drink whilst admiring the spectacular views. It’s the southernmost of adjacent resorts, Menaggio & Tremezzo being the others just to the north. Nearby is Azzano, where Benito Mussolini and his mistress Claretta Petacci were shot dead in 1945. Lenno boasts a fabulous market on a Tuesday morning, probably the best on the lake, selling local produce as well as souvenirs, leather and clothes. There is also an unspoilt pebble beach for swimming and an artificial sandy beach at Lido di Lenno.

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 the lake
  • Trips to well-known Villas of Balbianello (Lenno), Carlotta (Tremezzo) and Monastero (Varenna)
  • Como Town - 30 minutes away by hydrofoil
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Explore two of Italy's most popular lakes on this multi-centre holiday. Starting in Lake Como where you can experience some of the most famously photographed towns in the world and then head to Lake Maggiore to explore the lakeside towns and visit the beautiful Borromean Islands.

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Experience Italy as it's most glam on this multi-centre holiday. Start in the fashion capital of the world where you can shop designer boutiques and visit stunning museums and galleries. After a few days in Milan, chill out on Lake Como where you can take scenic boat trips, explore grand villas and hike mountain trails.

Good to know

  • Buy a central lake day ticket to explore the towns from Bellano to Lenno on any passenger or car ferries
  • The pedestrianised town centre is usually tranquil, but Lenno comes alive every week when it hosts one of the largest markets on the lake
  • On the promontory of Lenno you can find Villa Balbianello, also known as the “Hollywood Villa” as it is featured in Star Wars and James Bond film scenes
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