Things to do in Como
While in Como, there is a lot to do and see!
Caractheristic downtown and beautiful churces
The town has existed since Julius Caesar founded it around the first century, and many ruins from antiquity remain today. You can find displays at the Archaeological Museum. Furthermore, Como hosts one of the last created gothic-style cathedrals in all of Italy. Located in the downtown center, the Como Cathedral is a must-see: there are magnificent external statues, and the inside contains beautiful paintings and tapestries. Another church that you shouldn’t leave without seeing is the Basilica of Sant’abbondio; it has two charming bell towers and a design that will transport you back to the 11th century.
Beautiful landscapes from the lake and the mountainsFor an amazing view of the city and a background view of the Swiss Alps, riding the Funicular to Brunate is a fantastic option. Walk the streets of Brunate for views of old homes and lighthouses.
Another scenic form of transportation in Como is to take a boat trip. You can either rent a boat for the day or take a ferry from place to place across the lake. Being on the water will provide you with a perspective of Como that you would never see otherwise. While in the water, consider stopping at Isola Comacina: the only island on Lake Como. It has rich vegetation and many beautiful historical buildings to view.
Amazing villas to tour and explore on Lake ComoVilla Balbianello provides a wide and breathtaking view of the lake. While walking around this villa, keep an eye out for places you may have seen in Star Wars: Episode II, Casino Royale, or His Demise.
Villa Carlotta, in Tremezzo, welcomes you with its magnificent botanic garden and it is home to stunning art masterpieces due to a previous owner’s art collecting passion and a beautiful botanic garden.
In Varenna, just a short trip away from Como, you can find the amazing Villa Monastero. This is the home to an astounding garden and a house museum.
In Bellagio, two villas truly stand out. The first is Villa Melzi which has wonderful oriental gardens, an orangery museum, and a chapel. The second is Villa Serbelloni which has hosted many people such as Maximilian I, Leonardo da Vinci, Wilhelm, Pindemonte, and more.
Hiking and culture in ComoIf you’re searching for an outdoorsy adventure, hiking at the regional park, Spina Verde, might be for you! With plenty of trails for people of all ages and skill levels, Spina Verde, has many beautiful sights to see from flowers, to ruins, to an overlook of Como.
Como, known for its production of silk, has a silk museum. In the Museo Didattico della Seta, you can view the history of Como’s production through machines, textiles, and more.
Whatever activities you decide to participate in during your time in Como will assist in making your stay even better. Regardless of what you choose to do, you will have an amazing time on the beautiful lake of Como, Italy!