17 days in Lake Como Itinerary

17 days in Lake Como Itinerary

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Como
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Como

— 10 nights

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Lido di Lenno and Lido di Menaggio. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of Como (Duomo) and Greenway del Lago di Como. Get out of town with these interesting Como side-trips: Menaggio (Chiesa di S. Stefano, AC Boat, &more), Casa dei Presepi (in Mezzegra) and Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina). Next up on the itinerary: shake up your sightseeing with Lake Como Adventures, head outdoors with Orrido di Nesso, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentee di Sort, and identify plant and animal life at I Falconieri del Feudo.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Como trip itinerary planning website.

Milan to Como is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In October in Como, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Varenna.

Things to do in Como

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Varenna

— 6 nights
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Relax by the water at Spiaggia Tranquilla and Riva Bianca Beach. You'll explore and learn at Villa Carlotta and Chiosco Villa Carlotta. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varenna: Jungle Raider Park (in Civenna), Sacro Monte di Ossuccio (in Ossuccio) and Bellagio (Basilica di San Giacomo & I Giardini di Villa Melzi). Next up on the itinerary: glide through the air with Como Lake Paragliding, admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, stop by Il Tornio, and explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Varenna online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Como to Varenna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. In October in Varenna, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."