In the Lombardy region of northern Italy lies the beautiful Lake Como. Here is one of the largest and most popular vacation regions in Italy.
Lake Como has a fjord-like Y-shape. On the southwestern arm is the city of Como, one of the largest cities on the lake. Lake Como is the third largest lake in Italy,with a length of 51 km and a maximum depth of 425 meters. The entire shoreline is about 170 kilometers long. There is only one island in Lake Como, Isola Comacina.
Tips for a relaxing vacation on Lake Como
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Lake Como travel information
The nearest airport is Milan Malpensa. From there the Malpensa Express goes to the Como train station.
To Como San Giovanni station there are trains from Germany and Switzerland. From Italy trains go from Milan to Como.
Coming from Germany you can take the A7 and A5 towards Lake Como.
On the way in …
There is a road that goes completely around Lake Como. The route is about 200 kilometers long, passes through many towns and is very busy, especially in the high season.
Car ferries shuttle between Varenna, Bellagio, Cadenabbia and Menaggio. In addition, there are passenger-only boats that sail on the lake. For example, there are connections between Como and Colico, between Bellagio and Lecco, between Varenna and Isola Comacina. Some routes are also served by speedboat connections.
The fares are divided into zones. Here you should ask at the counter for the exact prices or special tickets (Biglietti Circolari).
From Como there is a funicular railroad to Brunate.
Best time to travel
You can almost set the clock by the wind on Lake Como. From about 10 o’clock every day a thermal wind (Breva) freshens up and strengthens until the afternoon. Therefore, from June to September many wind and kite surfers are attracted to the lake. From October the wind decreases and in winter the breva is no longer present.
In the region around Lecco occurs the northern downdraft wind Tivano, which is even slightly stronger than the Breva.