Cadenabbia

Stay in this quiet village on the western shores of Lake Como for its striking villas, cafés, walking opportunities and spectacular natural beauty.

Set around a sheltered bay on Italy’s Lake Como is the laid-back village of Cadenabbia. Enjoy scenic walks along a picturesque waterfront and explore deep into forest-clad hills. Visit elegant and historic villas and relax in cafés and ice cream parlors.

Cadenabbia first came to wider attention during the 19th century when it was a popular vacation spot for writers, European royalty and nobility. Today, it attracts visitors from all over the world who come for its charms and to use it as a base for discovering the rest of the Lake Como area.

Cadenabbia is a great place to discover on foot. Get a feel for the village by walking through its streets, then stroll down to the tree-lined waterfront promenade for exceptional views across the lake to Bellagio. Visit the 19th-century Church of Ascension, which was one of the first British churches built in Italy. On a warm day, take a refreshing swim at the open-air swimming pool of Lido di Cadenabbia.

Walk north along the waterfront toward the hamlet of Griante. Check out Villa Margherita, an 18th-century villa where Giuseppe Verdi composed La Traviata. Follow centuries-old alleyways to Piazza San Rocco. From here a path leads through fields and woods to San Martino. This hilltop church offers unbeatable views over Lake Como and its scenic location is a good place for a picnic. There is another excellent walk from Griante, and that is to Rogaro, an ancient settlement framed by mountain scenery.

During your time in Cadenabbia, sightsee more of the local area. Walk south along the waterfront to Tremezzo, a village famous for its villas built between the 17th and 19th century. Delight in the tropical plants and trees of the botanical garden at Villa Carlotta. Then go inside the 18th-century mansion to view its art collection.

Cadenabbia is just a 45-minute drive from Como, Lake Como’s main city, and is well served by buses. Ferries connect the village with popular lake destinations such as Bellagio and Varenna. Cadenabbia’s scenery, hotels, guesthouses, cafés and pizzerias make it a great place for both daytrips and longer stopovers.

Top hotels in Cadenabbia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Luxury Britannia Apartments
Luxury Britannia Apartments
Via Regina 41, Tremezzo, Griante, Como
The price is RM526 per night

Situated on a lake, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Cadenabbia Ferry Terminal and Villa Carlotta. Bellagio Port is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) ...

3.3/5 (38 reviews)
Awful

"The worst experience . I travel the world for business and pleasure this was the worst experience of my life."…"

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2018

Luxury Britannia Apartments
Grand Hotel Cadenabbia
Grand Hotel Cadenabbia
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM749 per night

Situated in Griante, this golf hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cadenabbia Ferry Terminal and Villa Carlotta. Villa del Balbianello and Bellagio Port are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (230 reviews)
Great place to vacation

"Great location , beautiful view on the terrace. Good breakfast and parking. Lovely hotel . I would stay there again"…"

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2019

Grand Hotel Cadenabbia
Alberghetto La Marianna
Alberghetto La Marianna
3 out of 5
Via Regina 57, Griante, CO
The price is RM469 per night

Situated on a lake, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cadenabbia Ferry Terminal and Villa Carlotta. San Martino Church and Villa Melzi are also within 2 mi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (221 reviews)

"Really good location. Short walk to the ferry stop and across from Bellagio. Bus stops right outside as well to come from or go to Como train station. Friendly owners and cosy feel."…"

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2019

Alberghetto La Marianna

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Lake Lugano
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Lake Lugano

4.5/5(72 reviews)

Enjoy the stunning scenery, Mediterranean climate and charming villages of this lake on the Swiss-Italian border.

Villa del Balbianello
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Villa del Balbianello

4.5/5(53 reviews)

As one of Lake Como’s most iconic landmarks, it’s easy to see why this historic villa has served as the setting for a number of popular movies. 

Como-Brunate Funicular
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Como-Brunate Funicular

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Travel to the hilltop village of Brunate on a funicular railway that is more than 100 years old. Once there, enjoy gorgeous views and follow trails through the hills. 

Villa Carlotta
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Villa Carlotta

4.5/5(43 reviews)

Nestled on the edge of Lake Como, this 18th-century villa is a paradise for lovers of fine art and fine gardens.

Piazza Cavour
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Piazza Cavour

4.5/5(14 reviews)

Uninterrupted views of Lake Como, architecturally impressive landmarks and people watching from café terraces make this one of Como’s most popular squares.  

Villa Olmo
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Villa Olmo

4.5/5(26 reviews)

Visit this waterfront mansion to appreciate its neoclassical architecture, peruse art exhibitions and enjoy spectacular views of Lake Como from the baroque garden. 

Top things to do in Cadenabbia

Lake Como & Bellagio Full-Day Tour
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Lake Como & Bellagio Full-Day Tour

RM430
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Lake Como, St. Moritz & Bernina Express
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Lake Como, St. Moritz & Bernina Express

RM701
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Lake Como Full-Day Tour with Cruise
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Lake Como Full-Day Tour with Cruise

RM820
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Cadenazzi Wooden Speedboat Private tour on Como Lake
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Cadenazzi Wooden Speedboat Private tour on Como Lake

RM1,922
Per adult
Lake Como Sightseeing Tour from Como
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Lake Como Sightseeing Tour from Como

RM285
Per adult
Lake Como Villas - Ferry boat tour
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Lake Como Villas - Ferry boat tour

RM1,421
Per adult

Reviews of Cadenabbia

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Sep 2019

A beautiful stunning place.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Jul 2019

try and stay in bellagio more happening and ferry connections are better. there is a lot to do villas to see we had limited time. oh get a car the taxi from mxp was 190euros each way

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Jul 2019

Very safe and scenic location.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Jul 2019

Hiring a boat is a must and to work out the ferry and train times early on is worth noting

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Jun 2019

Cadenabbia is a great base from which to visit the Villas.

Menaggio featuring a coastal town and general coastal views

Menaggio

Bellagio which includes a bay or harbor and a coastal town

Bellagio

Villa Carlotta featuring a coastal town and general coastal views

Tremezzo

Cadenabbia which includes a park

Griante