Holidays in Menaggio

Poised on the western shore of Lake Como, Menaggio is perfectly placed for exploring the promenades, mountains and historic routes of Lake Como

Menaggio relaxes on the western shore of Lake Como, at the mouth of the valley to Lake Lugano. It’s a popular spot for the Milan elite who favour the extravagant piazzas and villas for their summer holidays. But for all its riches, Menaggio remains a welcoming town where a wealth of lake and mountain views (and tempting gelato shops) glitter around every corner. Walking and cycling paths reach around the lakefront and into the mountains behind – and it’s all just a 15-minute ferry ride from Bellagio.

Menaggio town: a walk through the history books

Civilisations have wrestled over Menaggio’s strategic, sheltered seat for thousands of years. A ramble around town reveals remnants of Roman, Spanish and World War II fortifications. Alleys and stone staircases framed by shops, aperitivo bars and restaurants climb to the medieval part of town and the old castle. Here, you’ll also find the stone Church of San Carlo and its distinctly Spanish bell tower. Back at lake level, meander along Menaggio’s tree-lined waterfront – home to a pocket-sized harbour, palatial villas and a monument to the tessitrice silk weavers who once worked in the waterfront mills.

From mountain rifugi to railway routes

Want to do more than marvel at the mountains around you? Take to the hiking trails on Monte Grona, aiming for the rifugio restaurant and alpine dairy farms. The adventurous (and fit) can continue clambering to the peak, which offers dizzying views over three lakes. Easier walking and cycling routes include the route to Porlezza that traces the old railway line between Lake Como and Lake Lugano. Alternatively, head north to Sorico via the prom and abandoned state road that runs through fishing villages and some seriously lovely mountain scenery.

The crossroads of Lake Como

Menaggio is the place where vital trade and transport routes once met, including the Via Regina, which connected Lake Como and Milan to the Alps beyond. These days, you can follow its steep tracks past sanctuaries, villages and stone bridges. Menaggio’s excellent connections extend to its boat routes too. Ferries scoot between the towns on Lake Como’s shores – Bellagio, Varenna, Tremezzo, Cadenabbia, Como Town – or you can explore the lake under your own steam aboard a sailing boat or kayak.

Life on the lake

The squares and waterfront of Menaggio come alive in summer, staging Renaissance concerts, craft markets, book fairs and open-air art exhibitions, as well as a Friday evening market. August’s International Guitar Festival treats visitors to impromptu “musical aperitifs” on the streets, whetting the appetite for the evening performances. Piazza Garibaldi is a great place for soaking up the atmosphere with a cappuccino and plate of polenta in reach.

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

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Menaggio 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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24/7 support & tailored advice from our local resort team

All holidays include flights or train from the UK and transfers

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Hotel Bellavista, Poolside Terrace

We can't get enough of the views at the Hotel Bellavista - the best ones are from the pool where you can settle down with a good book and gaze out over Lake Como. It's a great base for an active holiday. Being in the centre of Menaggio means there's lots to explore right on the doorstep and you can easily jump on a ferry to get to more lakeside towns.

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Ita Mena Gran 01

Grand Hotel Menaggio has the best location in town. It's right next to the lake and in front of the ferry port so it couldn't be easier to get out for the day to explore Lake Como. It has a real old-world charm - the building is palatial and stands out beautifully on the lakefront.

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Ita Mena Gran 01

Grand Hotel Victoria is one of the most luxurious hotels on Lake Como. The building dates back to the 19th Century and it opened in 2020 after a big renovation. The style is beautiful and the rooms are all modern with large comfy beds. There are lots of opportunities to relax - it's hard to choose between the lake view gardens, the outdoor heated pool and the state-of-the-art spa. 

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 Menaggio. 

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 Menaggio, which depart on a Wednesday and Friday. The journey takes around 14 hours. 

The provisional outbound timings are: 

Wednesdays & Fridays

Arrive

Depart

London St Pancras

-

 07:01

Paris Nord

10.20

-

Change at Paris Lyon

12.46

Milano Porta Garibaldi

19.49

20.09

Como St Giovanni

21.11

-

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

The provisional inbound timings are:

Wednesdays & Fridays

Arrive

Depart

Como St Giovanni

-

12.49

Milano Porta Garibaldi

13.51

14.10

 Paris Lyon

21.14

-

Change at Paris Nord

-

10.07 (following morning)

London St Pancras

11.30 (following morning)

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Excursions

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.

Pre-book the following excursion online or give us a call

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

To the north of the lake above Tremezzo and Cadenabbia and looking across to Bellagio. One of the main towns on the lake Menaggio has a large pretty piazza with many gelaterias, shops and cafés as well as a very picturesque lakeside promenade.

Halfway along the western shores of Lake Como, a holiday in Menaggio offers a very popular Italian Lakes getaway. Established by the Romans as a strategic settlement on the Via Regina road, it was fortified in medieval times with walls, towers and castles and again in the Great War and WWII. Remains from all these periods can be seen around town. The fascinating upper town has narrow medieval alleys, steps and frescos, whilst lower down you will find 19th century alpine style buildings, the harbour and a picturesque lakeside promenade lined with shady trees, flowers and well-kept villas.

Things to do in Menaggio

As well as soaking up the atmosphere with a cappuccino on the pretty Piazza Garibaldi, you can wander along the prom, through the gardens and up and down streets encountering lovely little churches like 17th century San Stefano, San Carlo and San Giusto along the way. The “plucky” amongst you will appreciate the Managgio Guitar Festival, and for “teetime” there is a nearby 18-hole golf course. There is good hiking above on Monte Grone, whilst Lake Como offers all sorts of boat hire choices including sailing boats, skiffs and power boats with skis, and there are ferries to Bellagio and Varenna.

  • 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
Walking

Popular walks

A Historical Walk | Easy | Approx 1 hr |
Starting Piazza Garibaldi, this is an interesting and historical walk around and above Menaggio. A perfect way to see local churches, frescos, sculptures and old castle remains.

Good to know

Walking Trails: 425km of walking trails around Lake Como

Terrain: Wooded trails, asphalt surfaces, dirt tracks, lakeside paths, ascents and descents

Best time to go: May-June & September-October are cooler for walking, but if you love the heat, head out in high summer and spend your days sipping an Aperol spritz by the lakeside

Best for: All walking abilities, sightseeing, activities

Fly from: London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester, Bristol or Edinburgh

Fly into: Milan (approx. 2 hours)

Transfer Time: approx. 1 hour 30 mins from Milan Airport

24/7 Support and advice: In person or over the phone from our local resort team based in Lake Como

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