After a quick stop in Milan, I was headed to Lake Como to spend the weekend. I’ve heard many good things about Lake Como, and although it’s fairly close to Milan, I never got the chance to visit it until now. The place is picture perfect, like a location straight out from an old movie, picturesque Victorian villas and gardens, lakeshore restaurants and mesmerizing views. Lake Como is definitely a must visit place in Italy, and after this trip I think it has become my favorite place in Italy.

Lake Como is the most popular lake out of the Italian Lakes region, surrounded by mountains and colorful villages and small towns across the shore. Even back in Roman times, Lake Como was a popular destination to escape the city heat.

Getting around:

The city of Como is located 40 km from Milan, you can either drive to it, take a bus or train. We took a train from Milan to Como San Giovani station and it was approximately 40 minutes. Around Lake Como there are local buses, that stop in almost all places (the downside is that there is 1 to 2 on every hour), if you want a faster way to get around you can always get a boat or ferry. For me, I think the best was is to get a car, that way you can make the most out of your trip.

Where to stay:

We stayed in Cadenabbia, a small village right across from Bellagio. We stayed at the hotel Britannia Excelsior, a Victorian architecture building, on the shore of the lake. We had a fantastic view of the lake from our room and the best pat was the pool on the lake, perfect for escaping the heat and cooling down.

Must see’s:

Bellagio- We went for a very laid back and relaxed weekend, so we didn’t really get a chance to visit all the famous towns on Lake Como, however we couldn’t possibly miss out on Bellagio. It was just a 10 minute ferry ride for Cadenabbia. I would say an afternoon or just a couple of hours is enough to see the town. Filled with small cobble streets, shops with local products as well as high end designer pieces, cafe’s and restaurants…We spent the afternoon exploring the cobble streets, and walking the shore.

Cadenabbia- is a very small village, right after Tremezzo. Filled with restaurants, cafes and pastry shops. A really quiet place and perfect for relaxing.

Must do’s

Explore the dreamy towns of Lake Como- each town is unique in it’s own way, and they look like they just came out from some book or movie. Spend a day getting lost in the cobble streets and shopping some local delicacies.

Enjoy the view- our hotel had a wonderful pool on the lake, so we spent a morning relaxing, tanning and reading, while enjoying the wonderful scenery of Lake Como.

Indulge on Italian cuisine- I think this is a must do, whenever you are in Italy haha.

Where to eat:

We might have not seen all the ‘must see’s’ of Lake Como, but we sure checked out which are the BEST place to eat.

Antico Pozzo

perfect for: lunch

what to eat: pizza

la Cucina della Marianna

perfect for: dinner

what to eat: whatever is on their daily menu

*tip: make sure to book in advance

Pasticceria e Panificio

perfect for: breakfast

what to eat: croissants and/or pancerota

Rodrigo Ristorante Pizzeria

perfect for: lunch/dinner

what to eat: Ravioli with salmon

Crema e Ciocccolato

perfect for: dessert

what to eat: gelato

Smooth Operators

perfect for: dessert

what to eat: gelato/sorbet

I wish we stayed longer at Lake Como, since this place truly stole my heart, but I will go back there for sure.