The “City of Silk,” overlooking Lake Como and bordered by the Swiss Alps, charms with its cafe culture, ornate churches and luxury silk trade.

Located right on the border of Italy and Switzerland in Lombardy, this city is the largest of the many villages bordering Lake Como. Take time out to relax by the lake in one of the many outdoor cafes, and discover the art, history, and designer silk and textile work of this highly productive silk-growing region. Wander through the historic streets to discover ornate churches and palaces before a lunch of Risotto al Pesce Persico, featuring perch caught fresh from the lake.

Learn about the history of silk weaving and craftsmanship in the Educational Silk Museum. Admire the fine textures and patterns displayed in the silk boutiques around the city. Discover some of Como’s historic architecture in the Piazza San Fedele, where the Romanesque Basilica of San Fedele displays incredible 16th-century frescoes.

Luxury mansions and villas from various centuries make this city an architectural delight. Many of these old buildings are now used to accommodate visitors, and the attached gardens are often open to the public. Visit the impressive Villa Olmo, where Napoleon was once a guest. Wander through the gardens and have a glass of wine by the lake. Try one of the restaurants in the city’s many piazzas, where you’ll be treated to local polenta dishes, marinated and sun-dried fish, and gelato.

Base yourself in Como to take boat tours and discover the towns and villages dotting the lake’s edge. The tiny town of Brunate in the hills behind Como is accessible via a scenic funicular ride, and offers stunning views over the lake and Como’s attractive architecture. For adventurous types, the hiking trails leading off from Brunate to nearby towns offer incredible vistas peeking through the forest of the paths.

Como is an easy 30-mile (50-kilometer) drive from Milan, and is also accessible by inexpensive trains leaving from Milan’s airport and its city center. Get around Como using buses and taxis.

Top hotels in Como

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Lake Como
Hilton Lake Como
Via Borgo Vico 241, Como
RM457
per night
6 Dec-7 Dec

This family-friendly Como property is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Villa Olmo and Volta Temple (Tempio Voltiano). Cathedral of Como ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (181 reviews)

"All was great except for 2 things. First, WiFi would disconnect after only a couple of minutes. This made using WiFi required constant signing on again and again, a complete nuisance. Second, the TV offerings in English were disappointing in that could apart from news there were very few entertainment ..."…"

Reviewed on 31 Oct,2019

Hilton Lake Como
Palace Hotel
Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Lungo Lario Trieste, 16, Como, CO
RM541
per night
2 Dec-3 Dec

Located in Como City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza Cavour and Cathedral of Como. Volta Temple (Tempio Voltiano) and Como-Brunate Funicular ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,335 reviews)

"Location is fantastic, overlooking the lake and close to the train station if you're getting there by train. The breakfast room is impressive with also a view of the lake. Staff very friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 11 Nov,2019

Palace Hotel
Hotel Villa Flori
Hotel Villa Flori
4 out of 5
Via Cernobbio, 12, Como, CO
RM480
per night
5 Dec-6 Dec

Situated on a lake, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Villa Bernasconi and Villa Olmo. Volta Temple (Tempio Voltiano) and Cathedral of Como are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (635 reviews)

"Excellent location on the lake. Short taxi ride from the train station. 2 minute walk to the water taxi. Stunning property."…"

Reviewed on 15 Nov,2019

Hotel Villa Flori

Popular things to do in Como

Villa Olmo
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Villa Olmo

4.5/5(25 reviews)

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

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. 

Piazza Cavour
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Piazza Cavour

4/5(13 reviews)

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

Top activities in Como

Lake Como Full-Day Tour
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Lake Como Full-Day Tour

RM363

North of Milan sits Italy’s breathtakingly beautiful Lake District region. Perhaps most well-known is Lake Como, famous as a retreat for A-list stars. Feel like a celebrity as you soak up the exclusive atmosphere, explore the hilltop village of Brunate, and enjoy a boat ride on the lake.

Como Lake 1Day Self-Guided Excursion from Milan
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Como Lake 1Day Self-Guided Excursion from Milan

RM161

Lake Como, the third largest in Italy is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe. The area has been a popular destination for aristocrats, nobility from all over Europe for centuries. With its charming historical centre, Como sparkles year-round.

Lake Como, Bellagio and Varenna
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Lake Como, Bellagio and Varenna

RM388

Morning pickup at Duomo square (08:00 hrs) or at Stazione Centrale (08:15 hrs.). Board a luxury motor coach and head for the town of Como. After a one-hour driving, the first stop is in Como town.

Lake Como Sightseeing Tour from Como
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Lake Como Sightseeing Tour from Como

RM224

Lake Como is the third-largest lake in Italy and is known for its incredible Mediterranean and Alpine scenery, as well as being a favorite locale among Hollywood's stars. This day tour will show you the beauty and majesty of the Italian resort.

Como Food Tour
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Como Food Tour

RM434

A 2.5 hour guided walk through the old town with several mouthwatering stops in selected shops. More than a simple “walk and eat” tour, our professional English-speaking guides will give you the local insider view of the history, culture and architecture, which makes up this fascinating city.

Taste my Swiss City Lugano - Selfguided Food Tour promoted by Lugano Region
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Taste my Swiss City Lugano - Selfguided Food Tour promoted by Lugano Region

RM386

This tour is selfguided, you choose the order and time in which you want to visit the following stops and how much time you want to spend in each restaurant and on the tour. The restaurants are carefully chosen by locals and intend to show you the best and most typical food and drinks in snack portions.

Reviews of Como

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Nov 2019

You can get the ferry everywhere - we went up to Bellagio on the fast ferry from como and got the slow ferry back so we saw all the stops on the way. We ate in Lago restaurnt right on the front by the fenicular railway which was def worth the 5.50 E

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Nov 2019

Wonderful experience, excellent location - so many beautiful places are easily accessible from Como.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Oct 2019

Beautiful

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Oct 2019

Beuitiful place,quite expensive eating out but had a lovely time there

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Sep 2019

Fantastic

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Sep 2019

Lovely area ,so much to see and do.