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Lake Como Holidays in Milan

Experience the gem of Italy, Lago di Como, with its striking views, Italian Alps and charming atmosphere

Best time: April–October

Lake Como Holidays
Lake Como Holidays
Lake Como Holidays
Lake Como Holidays

Lago di Como (Lake Como) is a lake of glacial origin in the Lombardy region, only 40km from Milan. It is the third-largest lake in Italy and is one of the most popular tourist destinations, offering plenty to do and see. Besides swimming in the crystal clear water, you can also try other water activities such as kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, or water-skiing.

Lake Como is surrounded by luxurious villas, lush gardens, green hills and fresh air. Como city has its own Educational Silk Museum, where you can learn all about the traditional textile production of the Lombardy region. Don't miss the opportunity to take in the buzzing local atmosphere with plenty of restaurants to choose from.

High season at Lake Como lasts from April until October. The hottest weather is from June to August, making it the best time to swim. The spring and autumn months will surprise you with amazingly pleasant weather and fewer crowds, but torrential rain can sometimes occur during this time.

November and March see the drop in temperatures and some hotels close for winter. But if you are not that much into beach holidays, note that the lake is also charming during the cool season and accommodation rates are reasonable at this time. There are also plenty of ski spots and thermal spas to explore during winter season.

Practical info

What is the recommended time to visit Lake Como for swimming?

It is best to visit Lake Como from June to August if you want to swim since the water is warm and welcoming. The high season is perfect for swimming, but if you want to avoid crowds, you can also visit during spring and autumn, which are pleasant from April until October. The weather is generally mild during these seasons, making it ideal for hiking and biking, but some unexpected rainfall may occur. Show more

What are the locations to indulge in water sports around Lake Como?

There are several locations, including Bellagio, Tremezzo, Varenna, and more, that provide water sports opportunities around Lake Como. Here, you can enjoy popular water sports like windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, kitesurfing, and water-skiing. You can even rent some equipment or book a guided tour from any of the many sports centers located around the area. The picturesque views and clear blue water make for an unforgettable experience. Show more

Which villas can you visit during your visit to Lake Como to enjoy the luxurious experience?

If you want to enjoy luxurious villas, Lake Como provides a plethora of options. Visit Villa del Balbianello, Villa Melzi and Villa Carlotta, celebrated for their impeccable architecture, stunning gardens, and works of art. The villas offer guided tours where visitors can learn about their history and importance. You do not want to miss a chance to visit Villa del Balbianello, the location of romantic scenes in Star Wars. Show more

What are the weather conditions during the low season, and when does it occur at Lake Como?

The low season at Lake Como runs from November to March, when the weather is typically cool and rainy. However, visiting during this period of the year can have its charm. While some hotels may be closed, those that remain open offer affordable rates. You can still explore the area during winter, including ski resorts or thermal spas, but be prepared for lower temperatures. Show more

What are the top ski areas and thermal spas to enjoy during the winter season around Lake Como?

Lake Como has several ski areas and thermal spas to explore. Embrace the Italian Alps' winter sports culture and head over to Madesimo, Bormio, or Livigno for your skiing adventures. You can also explore some of the natural hot springs and thermal baths such as Bormio Terme or Terme di Saint-Vincent. These spots offer stunning views and peaceful relaxation that will complete your Italian winter holiday experience. Show more

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