Italy, Lake Como
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.
Resort Code: ITCM
Languages spoken: Italian
Time difference: GMT+1
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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
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 £18
Milan + Bergamo + St. Moritz £112 : Booking Code: A
Milan + Bergamo + Stresa and Orta £114 : Booking Code: B
Milan + St Moritz + Stresa and Orta £118 : Booking Code: C
St. Moritz £46, full day, Monday
Into Switzerland and the Engadine Valley. The spectacular Bernina Express train is included.
Bergamo £43, ¾ day, Thursday
A guided visit of one of Italy’s most impressive Medieval cities. Cost of ferry ticket to pick up point not included. (approx €8 return).
Milan £43, full day, Tuesday
Visit the Sforza Castle, Scala Opera House and gothic Duomo. City guide included.
Stresa and Lake Orta £48, full day, Friday
Sophisticated Lake Maggiore and tranquil Orta are such a contrast.
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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.
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.