weekend away - Lake Como

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Popular as a recreational destination since Roman times, Lake Como is a favourite with celebrities, the Milanese, and tourists alike. Surrounded by mountains and hills, the shoreline is dotted with lavish villas and rustic villages.


Lake Como is a perfect weekend getaway at almost any time of year, although May is the ideal month to visit. With two train stations, Como can also be easily reached by rail from Milan. From Como, ferries and buses can take you to the other towns on the lake.

On arrival, take some time to walk around Como’s historic centre and soak up the atmosphere at a café in one of its lively squares.

Silk is widely produced in Como and you can see the manufacturing process in the Silk Museum, or buy some beautiful examples to take home as souvenirs.

Take the funicular to the village of Brunate, 720 m above Como, where you’ll have great views of the lake and Alps. Be sure to try the special lake perch, often served in a risotto at many restaurants.

The lake can best be appreciated by taking a scenic boat tour. An ideal stop is Bellagio, known as the ‘Pearl of the Lake’. Located where the branches of Lake Como come together, the village has panoramic views, with the Alps visible across the expanse of water. Its picturesque stone lanes are lined with shops, gelato bars, cafés, and restaurants. Enjoy a tour of the 18th-century gardens at Villa Serbelloni Park, open from April to October, then stop for lunch on the terrace at Ristorante Bilacus, Via Serbelloni 32. A lakeside promenade leads from the ferry dock to Villa Melzi where you can see its beautiful gardens.

Other villas to visit are Villa del Balbianello, in Lenno, which was used as a set in the Star Wars movies, and Villa Carlotta, south of Menaggio. Finally, don’t miss seeing the sunset over the lake.



Milan, Italy
Distance: 4,359 km
Flight Time: 6 hours, 40 minutes
Frequency: 2 flights a day

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Villa d’Este
Via Regina 40, Cernobbio
Tel: +39 031 3481

Hotel Metropole Suisse
Piazza Cavour 19, Como
Tel: +39 031 269 444

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
Via Roma, 1, 22021 Bellagio Province of Como
Tel: +39 031 950 216

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