Things to do in Como

Our most recommended things to do in Como

From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Day Tour

1. From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Day Tour

Enjoy a memorable full-day trip by luxury bus to Lake Como, world famous for its beautiful villas and gardens. You’ll have a chance to admire the 3 branches of the lake, each with different landscapes. Stop in the town of Como for a walking tour of the city center and a visit to the neoclassical Villa Olmo and its lovely Italian garden. Next, take a relaxing cruise on the lake by private boat, and enjoy the spectacular views. Visit the colorful villages of Bellagio and Varenna. Take a walk along narrow cobblestoned streets and enjoy the charming surroundings.

From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Guided Day Trip

2. From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Guided Day Trip

Marvel at the stunning mountain scenery around Lake Como on a guided day tour from Milan. Marvel at the Mediterranean and Alpine scenery on a summer boat cruise to Bellagio Island and Varenna, or ride the steep cogwheel line to the mountainside town of Brunate in winter. Begin your journey by bus and travel directly from Milan to Como. Join your guide on a walking tour to discover Como Cathedral and other historical gems. In summer, hop on a ferry along the lake and listen to a live commentary highlighting top villas, gardens, and other sites. Disembark at Bellagio, regarded as one of the most beautiful and idyllic towns in the region, and enjoy 2 hours of free time. Relax and savor a regional meal at one of the local restaurants. Board another ferry to the colorful Varenna. Stroll through the cobblestone corridors of this picturesque village and feel the charm of its tranquil streets. In winter, take a panoramic funicular ride to Brunate village. Enjoy time to explore this quaint village perched on a mountain and soak up the dramatic views of the lake and valleys below. Finally, board your bus back to Milan where you can sit back and take advantage of the onboard Wi-Fi to share your photos of the day’s unforgettable memories.

From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Lugano Bus Day Trip

3. From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Lugano Bus Day Trip

Escape the hustle and bustle of Milan for a relaxing tour of the countryside of northern Italy and southern Switzerland, traveling in air-conditioned comfort. Relax as you take in Alpine views and see stunning lakes and villas. In less than an hour, you’ll pass the Italian border and arrive in Switzerland and take a scenic drive to the foot of the Alps. The first destination on your great escape is Lugano, featuring breathtaking panoramas and excellent shopping opportunities. If you are craving artistic culture, take a relaxing walk through town to Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto church. For a spot of retail therapy, make your way over to the beautiful downtown shopping area, brimming with inviting shops, rich Swiss chocolate, and fine luxury goods. Next, reach the famous city of Bellagio, the "Pearl of Lake Como.” Once in Bellagio, enjoy free time to explore the town and do some shopping, or relax and eat some local food in the most nostalgic bars and restaurants. After taking some photos and enjoying the town’s charming atmosphere, continue to Lake Como by coach. Upon arrival, enjoy a relaxing cruise along the lake for a unique opportunity to admire the breathtaking landscapes and see villas of the rich and famous. Lake Como is a famous holiday destination for stars and celebrities. During the cruise, your guide will point out George Clooney’s villa, plus villas that once hosted Star Wars and James Bond movie sets. After that, the bus will take you back to Milan’s city center in time for dinner.

From Como: Lugano, Bellagio and Cruise Experience

4. From Como: Lugano, Bellagio and Cruise Experience

Have the best of both worlds on this full-day tour of Switzerland and Italy. Departing from Como, travel in a comfortable coach to the Swiss town of Lugano where you will have some free time to visit the picturesque city center and taste some Swiss Chocolate. Purchase lunch at an extra cost, then head to the small village of Cadenabbia, where both Queen Victoria of England and Zar Nicholas of Russia were frequent visitors. From there, take a panoramic cruise to reach Bellagio, also known as the “Pearl of Lake Como”. Disembarking in Bellagio, enjoy some free time to soak up the laid-back atmosphere of this idyllic and relaxing place. Later, board a ferry boat and get the opportunity to see the incredible Lake Como from a different perspective. During the cruise, take your time to look around and see the harmony between nature and architecture as you drift past villas with their beauteous gardens amongst untouched nature.

Lake Como: Electric Bike Tour

5. Lake Como: Electric Bike Tour

Discover Lake Como from a completely new perspective and explore the stunning scenery by eco-friendly electric bike. Let the bike take the strain as you navigate the scenic streets with ease. Climb aboard a bike equipped with an iPad Mini to help you discover the monuments and learn their history with a simple tap. Benefit from advanced technologies to explore the lake in a refreshing way. Relax as the bike guides you without any distractions or fatigue. Listen to the audio guide as you discover the ancient and modern beauties.

Como: Pasta- and Tiramisu-Making Class With Tasting & Wine

6. Como: Pasta- and Tiramisu-Making Class With Tasting & Wine

You can't visit Italy without trying at least one pasta dish... So, we'll teach you two! Learn how to roll 'sfoglia' (fresh pasta) by hand and how to prepare 2 simple different kinds of pasta (filled pasta + fresh pasta) from scratch with your Cesarina. As the icing on the cake you will learn to prepare also the iconic Tiramisu. Share your passion for the Italian cuisine as you make new friends in this hands-on cooking class. It's a great way to truly experience Italian culture. • Learn to roll 'sfoglia' (fresh pasta) by hand • Learn to make 2 iconic pasta types • Learn to make the iconic tiramisu • Small-group cooking class with a maximum of 12 people. Share your passion for the Italian cuisine with other lovely guests • Enjoy an Italian Aperitivo to warm-up

Como: 2-Hour Lake Como Private Boat Tour & Sightseeing

7. Como: 2-Hour Lake Como Private Boat Tour & Sightseeing

The Tour lasts an hour and a half, we will meet at the “Sant'Agostino, in via Lungo Lario Trieste” dock. We leave and return to Como. Along the way we will have the opportunity to admire some of the main Villas and Attractions of the first basin of the Lario. The Captain will accompany the tourist to discover the wonders of Lake Como and provide explanations (ITA -INGL) on all the beauties of the Lake. Each tour is for a limited number of people (max 5). ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There may be variations on the selected departure time to allow for an adequate number of people to be reached for the tour. In fact, in the case of a full boat there is the possibility of extending the tour for 30 minutes in order to reach the famous Nesso waterfalls, and the Captain will offer you some wine to toast together. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

From Como: Lake Como Sightseeing Tour

8. From Como: Lake Como Sightseeing Tour

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 stars. This day tour will show you the beauty and majesty of the Italian resort. Along the shores, especially from Cernobbio to Gravedona and Bellagio, see wonderful villas and gardens with plenty of flowers, as well as exotic and rare plants. In Como, visit the center of the city with your guide and explore the picturesque streets, beautiful architecture, and stunning views. During the summer, visit Como's historic center, head out onto the lake for a 2-hour panoramic boat cruise to Bellagio Island, and then explore the town of Bellagio. Situated where Lake Como divides into 2 branches, Como and Lecco, Bellagio offers amazing panoramas.  Bellagio itself is famous for its wonderful villas, with parks, and beautiful Italian and English gardens. During the wintertime, from November to March, enjoy a 1-hour lake cruise, experience a funicular ride to Brunate village, and explore Como's historic center. Summer tour itinerary (April to October):• Como’s historic center• 2-hour lake cruise• Stop at the town of Bellagio Winter tour itinerary (November to March):• 1-hour lake cruise• Funicular ride to Brunate• Como's historic center

From Milan: Lake Como Cruise with Visits to Como & Bellagio

9. From Milan: Lake Como Cruise with Visits to Como & Bellagio

Explore one of the most picturesque regions of northern Italy on a full-day sightseeing tour to the celebrities’ favorite destination of Lake Como. Visit the beautiful cities of Como and Bellagio, take a cruise on the lake, and admire the scenic views of the region. During the bus ride out from Milan, informative commentary will be given on the historical landmarks and the spectacular landscape along the way. Upon arrival in Como, take a walking tour of the scenic town center, where nature, art and local traditions collide. Learn about the many great poets and writers who have been enchanted and inspired by the beauty of Como’s villas, gardens and fairytale atmosphere. Next, climb aboard a boat for a cruise up the lake to Bellagio, known as the “Pearl of the Lake” by those in the know. Lunch is available to purchase onboard. After, head to the Sanctuary of Madonna del Ghisallo, the patron saint of cyclists.  This is one of the most famous places for cycling enthusiasts and a destination for thousands of sportsmen from all over the world. Inside the church, you will be able to admire keepsakes, iconic jerseys, and bicycles of the most loved cyclists in the world including Coppi, Bartali, Merckx, Motta, and Pantani.

Como: Dining Experience at a Local Home

10. Como: Dining Experience at a Local Home

Get ready for a culinary experience like no other at a local home in Como. Over 3 hours, enjoy exclusive cooking instruction from your genial host and taste authentic Italian dishes. Treasured in family cookbooks, these recipes have been passed down from generation to generation.  Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you make a genuine connection with locals. Enjoy a 4-course menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, desert, plus a selection of regional wines and coffee.

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What people are saying about Como

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,938 reviews

Our guide was very thorough and helpful. The transit with the bus and the lake cruise were very smooth. I hope we would be able to stay a little more on each place but that would not be possible if you want to see the most. Highly recommended

It was a beautiful experience with a very gracious leader who shared his knowledge. We had also the opportunity to make friends with other fellow travelers on the pack

Great trip. Great tour guide. No need to walk around lake Como at end of day when everyone had enough.

Really nice tour. The guide was kind and explain well. I recommend it

Good experience , Good Guide , it is totally worth it.