Romantic Vacation Spots on Lake Como Italy

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Vacation Spots In and Around Como Italy

One of Italy’s great vacation spots, the city of Como Italy is located at the south western tip of Lake Como, approximately 45 kilometres (or 28 miles) north of Milan.

Como is also near the Swiss towns of Chiasso and Vacallo.

The scenery on Lake Como is spectacular with charming and romantic towns nestled into the cliff and mountain sides, lush and semi-tropical vegetation, beautiful gardens, stunning winding roads, wonderful hotels and rental apartments, and historinc, grand gorgeous villas.

Vacation Spots in Como Italy Harbourfront
Lakeside View of Como Italy

The location of Como on Lake Como and its location near the Alps have made this one of the best places for romantic vacations.

For family vacation ideas, Como Italy may be a good choice to use as home base for your visit to Lake Como, as here you can find all the necessary amenities such as grocery stores, drug stores, great shopping and many unique places to visit.

Vacation Spots for Romantic Vacations in Como Italy
Romantic Restaurants for Romantic Vacations in Como Italy

Take time to discover the numerous churches, gardens, museums, theatres, and works of art, parks and palaces located in and around Como.

Como has many wonderful restaurants, many of which overlook Lake Como.

Vacation Spots in Como Italy Restaurants for Your Romantic Vacations
The L’antica Riva Restaurant Overlooking Lake Como

Have a casual stroll along the promenades of Como Italy and select a terrace of your choice.

Vacation Spots in Como Italy Ristorante Lantic Riva for Your Romantic Vacations
Beat the Crowds and Eat Early – View of Lake Como from L’antica Riva Ristorante

There are so many other great vacation spots that you can visit as day trips.

The charming villages on Lake Como can be reached either by ferry, hydrofoil, and car rental or by taking the local bus.

Vacation Spots Boardwalk in Como Italy
The Promenade Beside Lake Como in Como

Ask for a Day Pass (Biglietto Giornaliero) which will allow you to stop at any village throughout the day.

Views Around the Harbourfront of Como Italy

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Terrace by Hotel Metropole Suisse on Lake Como

Vacation Spots in Como Italy Gelato and Pastries
Gelato and Pastry Shop on Lake Como

Vacation Spots in Como Italy Piazza Cavour
Piazza Cavour in Como Beside the Harbourfront

Vacation Spots in Como Italy Piazza de Orchi
Piazza de Orchi Overlooking Lake Como with Great Restaurants

Vacation Spots in Como Italy Piazza Cavour with Restaurants and Shops
Piazza Cavour in Como With a Variety of Shops and Restaurants

Things to See in Como One of Italy’s Great Vacation Spots

Duomo (Cathedral)

Duomo (Cathedral) – Construction started in 1396 on the site of a previous church and was completed over a long period of time by 1740.

Vacation Spots in Como Italy a View of the Duomo in Como Italy
The Stunning View of The Duomo and Como from Brunate

It is characterized by the rose window, two Renaissance statues in its facade, Gothic nave, transept wing and relative apses from the Renaissance age.

Holy Conversation

Among the works of art is the “Holy Conversation” a processional banner by Morazzone and nine tapestries of the 16th century.


Broletto – Next to the Duomo of Como Italy is the ancient town hall, built in 1215 and made of three colours of marble stones.

Teatro Sciale

Teatro Sciale – The Opera House was built 1811 -1813 on the site of the old castle of the Round Tower. It features a neoclassic facade and a pronao (portico or entrance) with six Corinthian columns.

Palazzo Terragni

Palazzo Terragni ( formerly Casa del Fascio) – Considered to be a masterpiece of modern European architecture, built between 1932 – 1936 by Giuseppe Terragni’s and may be his most famous work.

Basilica of San Fedele

Basilica of San Fedele – This Romanesque church was built around the 6th century and rebuilt in the 11th century. The famous Door of San Fedele, carved with medieval decorations, is the main feature and the bell tower was rebuilt in modern times.

Basilica of Sant’Abbondio

The Romanesque Basilica of Sant’Abbondio – An important example of Romanesque architecture in Como Italy. Inside the church, the apse contains 11th century paintings and frescoes by a Lombard painter of the 14th century. The church was founded by the Benedictine monks in 1013. It has a nave and four aisles. Its most remarkable feature is its two bell towers.

Medieval Towers

Porta Torre and Castello Baradello – Among the medieval towers, the central one is Porta Torre, built in 1192 as part of the defensive system that included the Baradello Castle, a small medieval castle overlooking the town, which is all that remains of the fortress constructed by Barbarossa in 1158.

Silk Museum

The Silk Museum – This museum was opened in 1990 with an area of 800 square meters, showing the process of making silk over the centuries and displays a collection old silk manufacturing machinery.

Tempio Voltiano

Tempio Voltiano – The neoclassical Temple of Volta was built in 1927 and contains Alessandro Volta’s instruments and relics, and other famous “battery”.

Vacation Spots Visit Tempio Voltiano in Como Italy
The Tempio Voltiano in Como Italy

Villa Olmo

Villa Olmo – Construction began in 1797 in neo-classicist style by the Odescalchi family. A number of prominent figures lived here including Napoleon, Ugo Foscolo, Prince Metternich, Archduke Franz Ferdinand I and Giuseppe Garibaldi.

The villa is now hosts conferences as well as big art exhibitions. In front of the villa is a lovely Neoclassical English style landscape garden.


Sant’Agostino – Built in the early 14th century by the Cistercians, the interior and adjoining cloister have 15th-17th century frescoes, although most of the decoration is Baroque.

Spectacular Vacation Spots – Visit Brunate the Mountain Top Village above Como Italy

Be sure to take the Funicular up the mountain to the charming village of Brunate, high above Como, and give yourself plenty of time to walk around and explore the spectacular villas and lush gardens and also to enjoy a hearty meal in a tranquil setting in the sky.

Vacation Spots in and Around Como Italy Brunate
A View of Brunate above Como Italy You Can See the Funicular Going Up the Mountain

History indicates that the hills around Como have been inhabited since the Bronze Age or earlier.

Vacation Spots Romantic Vacations Brunate Como Italy
Beautiful Vacation Spots and Views from a Mountain Side Terrace in Brunate

There are many wonderful restaurants and bistros in secluded, romantic settings on the mountain top as well as on the cliffs of Brunate.

Vacation Spots View of Como for Your Romantic Vacations
Fabulous Vacation Spots and Views of Como Italy

If you want to be close to Como but tucked away from the traffic below, consider Brunate as one of the getaway vacation spots for your romantic vacations.

Vacation Spots a View of Como Italy from Brunate
Vacation Spots in Brunate Offer Many Spectacular Views of Como Italy

There are many spectacular views of Como and Lake Como. You can see for miles.

Vacation Spots Brunate Above Como Italy has Great Architecture
Villa with Stunning Architecture in Brunate above Como Italy

In Brunate above Como, there are many winding streets, lovely homes, gates and gardens.

Vacation Spots in Brunate above Como Italy
Lovely Gardens in Brunate above Como Italy

There are charming restaurants overlooking the views and also tucked away under canopies of grape vines or in rustic settings. If you are staying in Como, your hotel may be able to provide with advice about the restaurants.

Vacation Spots Romantic Walks in Brunate above Como Italy
Brunate has Many Interesting Walkways to Explore

Although the easiest method of reaching Brunate is by taking the Funiculare, there are wonderful roadways to the mountain top town.

Vacation Spots in Brunate for Your Romantic Vacation Ideas
A Majestic Gate and a Dramatic View of Como Italy

More Pictures of Brunate Vacation Spots

Vacation Spots in Como Italy Romantic Vacations in Brunate
One of the Many Peaceful Walkways in Brunate Above Como Italy

Vacation Spots in Como Italy Romantic Vacations in Brunate Cliffside View
Mountainside Home in Brunate Above Lake Como

Vacation Spots in Como Italy Romantic Vacations Stairway  in Brunate
Brunate Above Como Italy has Every Kind of Staircase Imaginable

Vacation Spots in Como Italy Romantic Vacations in Brunate Arches and Stairways

Romantic Walkways and Romantic Stairs in Brunate Above Como Italy

Vacation Spots in Como Italy Romantic Vacations in Brunate Lush Vegetation
Lush Vegetation and Parks in Brunate Above Como Italy

Vacation Spots in Como Italy Romantic Vacations in Brunate Gated Villas
A Gated Villa in Brunate Above Como Italy

Vacation Spots in Como Italy Romantic Vacations in Brunate Passageways
Explore the Exciting Passageways of Brunate on Lake Como

Vacation Spots in Como Italy Romantic Vacations in Brunate Lovely Gardens
Lovely Gardens and Stunning Architecture of Brunate Above Como Italy

The Funicular has been connecting Como to Brunate since 1894, runs every 30 minutes and allows visitors to enjoy breath-taking views of the city of Como below and South Lake Como.

The Funiculare office is located at piazza Alcide de Gasperi, 4, 22100 Como Italy:

Como Brunate Funiculare

Transportation to Great Vacation Spots in Como Italy

Trains to Como Italy

The Servizio Ferroviario Regionale (Regional Railway Service) connects Como by train to other major cities in Lombardy.

Services are provided by Trenitalia and LeNORD through two main stations: Como S. Giovanni (Trenitalia) and Como Lago (LeNORD).

Vacation Spots in Como Italy at the Palace Hotel
The Palace Hotel in Como Italy Is Only a 5 Minute Walk from the LeNORD Train Station

There are other urban stations served by LeNORD, but to get to the heart of Como and to catch a ferry or hydrofoil to reach your destination villages and vacation spots on Lake Como, the Como Lago (LeNORD) station is the closest to the ferry and hydrofoil office, which are about a seven minute walk and not too difficult to haul your luggage if you choose to walk over.

Vacation Spots in Como Italy Hotel Metropole Suisse
The Hotel Metropole Suisse in Como Italy Is Only a 10 Minute Walk (or less) from the LeNORD Train Station

Como S. Giovanni train station, on the main North-South line between Milan Centrale, Zurich and Basel services the Intercity and Eurostar trains, making Como very accessible from the European express train network.

For that route, you can purchase your tickets online from Rail Europe. Trains from Zurich Airport to Como San Giovanni take four to five hours.

Vacation Spots in Como Italy the Brunate Funiculare
The Funicular up to Brunate Above Como Italy

Como S. Giovanni station is on the west end of Como and you will need a taxi to get to the ferries.

If you are taking a train from Milano Malpensa airport, take the Malpensa Express to the transfer point, a town called Soronno. You can purchase your return tickets for that short trip at Milan Malpensa if you do not have a Rail Europe Pass.

From Soronno, the LeNORD will take you to the end of the line, which is Como Lago (LeNORD) station. The commute will only take around 45 minutes to 1 hour, but is a pleasant ride.

I have attached a LeNORD map to help you with your travel plans:

Train From Milano Malpensa to Como

Airports Providing Scheduled Flights Near Como Italy

  • Milano Malpensa
  • Lugano Agno (in Switzerland)
  • Milano Linate
  • Orio al Serio Airport near Bergamo

Local Transportation around Como Italy

There is a great bus service that will take you around the lake, and is equally as exciting as the boat rides, with winding roads and fantastic scenery.

I usually advise planning ahead when it comes to transportation, but information about ferries and buses are easily obtained whether from your hotel or the ferry office in the main harbour and bus station in the city center of Como.

Vacation Spots Como Italy Lakefront View for Your Romantic Vacations
Como Italy and the Tree Lined Boardwalk

Easy access, good transportation, beautiful lush scenery and semi-topical climate are what make Como Italy one of the most popular vacation spots in Italy.

If you plan to use the local public transport network it is the (C) lines the go beyond the city limits, connecting Como with most of surrounding villages and vacation spots. They are provided by ASF Autolinee.

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