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How to Spend 1 Day in Lake Como

How to Spend 1 Day in Lake Como

Often considered the most beautiful lake in Italy, Lake Como sits just 50 miles (83 kilometers) north of Milan, and boasts fjord-like scenery, pastel-colored towns, Belle Epoque-era villas, lush gardens, and a host of outdoor adventures. If you’re here for just a day, here’s how to experience its highlights.

Morning: Exploring the Lake

Most visitors travel around Lake Como by ferry: boats flit regularly between the key towns, including Como, Bellagio, Lenno, Varenna, and Tremezzo. If you prefer touring with a guide without the hassle of arranging ferry tickets, choose a tour of the lake’s highpoints in one stress-free day: visiting places such as Varenna and Bellagio, riding a boat on the lake, and exploring the 18th-century Villa Balbianello—a shoot location on the James Bond movie,Casino Royale. Other options—ideal for discovering Como’s charms if you’re staying outside region—include convenient day trips to the lake from places such as Milan, Stresa, and Switzerland.

Afternoon: Add a Twist

If you didn’t join a full-day trip this morning, use this afternoon to add a twist or extra focus to your explorations—tours and activities depart from, and operate in,  many towns. Join a walking or Segway tour around the sights of the lakeside Como; sample locally produced wines on a wine-tasting tour, or catch a different view of the lake by renting a kayak. If you’re a foodie, choose one of the many local culinary tours, perhaps sampling north-Italian specialities such asproscuitto and olive oils, or learning to make staples such as fresh pasta during a cooking class.

Evening: Sunset Sights and Supper

As afternoon turns to evening, the setting sun bathes Lake Como in gold, making for an atmospheric finish to the day. Watch the sunset on a cruise before savoring dinner at a lakeside restaurant as darkness cloaks the  lapping waters. Or, end on a high note: on an early-evening helicopter tour. Rise into the sky and soar over the lake: gazing down on its celebrity villas, islands, and gardens, and admiring the snow-capped Italian Alps on the horizon—all in the light of sunset.

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Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip from Milan

Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip from Milan

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For a Lake Como day trip from Milan, look no further. A great way to discover the timeless beauty of the Italian lakes, this experience includes a walking tour of the chic lake town of Como plus a Lake Como cruise to see snow-peaked mountains and luxury lakeside villas from the water. In the summer, visit the village of Bellagio for free time to eat and explore. In the winter, take a gondola ride from Como to Brunate to soak up the lakeland views.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$97.00
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Italy and Switzerland in One Day: Lake Como, Bellagio & Lugano from Milan

Italy and Switzerland in One Day: Lake Como, Bellagio & Lugano from Milan

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See the best of Switzerland and Italy on a day trip to Lugano and Lake Como from Milan. Led by a local guide, cruise Lake Como on a sightseeing boat while you keep your eyes peeled for celebrity villas. Then, make a stop in Bellagio, known as the 'pearl of Lake Como.' Continue into Switzerland, where you enjoy some free time to soak up the sights in Lugano. Check out the lakeside views or shop for Swiss chocolate before heading back to Milan.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$131.69
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Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour

Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour

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Capture the spirit of Lake Como on a walking tour of Bellagio and Varenna, two of the mid-lake region's most enchanting towns. Stop at a historic olive oil mill to taste one of the region's local specialties, accompanied by cured meats and wine. A Lake Como boat cruise takes you to visit Villa Melzi's lush gardens and the opulent Villa del Balbianello, including a traditional lunch at a lakefront restaurant.
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$315.98
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Domaso: Wine Tasting at the Winery on Como Lake

Domaso: Wine Tasting at the Winery on Como Lake

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Visit a villa winery in Domaso on Lake Como, and experience an authentic Italian family-run wine estate that’s been nurtured through the generations. Ideal if you’re looking for a Lake Como experience with a difference, the visit includes a tour of the wine cellar followed by an extravagant tasting session. You’ll savor local specialities that have been carefully chosen to complement the wine as you learn about viticulture in the northern Italian region.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$36.23
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Como Food Tour

Como Food Tour

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Enjoy a mouthwatering introduction to Italian cuisine on this food walking tour of Lake Como. Get the inside scoop on the town’s foodie scene from a local; sample regional delicacies including a tasting of olive oils and finish the tour with pasta at a charming restaurant. This small-group tour with a maximum of 15 people ensures a personalized experience.
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  • 3 hours
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$117.72
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Como and Bellagio Sightseeing Tour and Lake Cruise

Como and Bellagio Sightseeing Tour and Lake Cruise

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Lake Como sits on the foot of the Alps and offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Italy’s Lake District. Explore the historic city center of Como and walk around its medieval streets. Enjoy a cruise on the lake to Villa d’Este in Cernobbio to explore its exotic gardens. Then, depending on the season, stop at either Bellagio or Brunate to walk around and enjoy a coffee or gelato.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.20
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Cooking Class on Lake Como

Cooking Class on Lake Como

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Indulge yourself in northern Italian deliciousness with this cooking class. Meet your professional chef in a charming, family-run restaurant near Varenna and learn how to make specialty dishes, sip wine, and then enjoy the tasty food you've just helped to prepare. All food and beverages are included.
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  • 4 hours
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$130.29
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2 Hours Walking Tour Como

2 Hours Walking Tour Como

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Como is much more than a playground of luxury villas and lavish restaurants for the wealthy, but an area of rich history, culture, and natural beauty. With this tour, you’ll set out to explore Como’s historic old town to learn about the city’s Roman and Medieval past from your guide. You’ll visit historic sites, browse artisan crafts in the shops, and enjoy views of the lake from the waterside promenade.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.65
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Cruise and Dinner on Lake Como from Varenna

Cruise and Dinner on Lake Como from Varenna

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Watch the sunset over Lake Como on a cruise from Varenna with dinner at a lakeside restaurant. Cruise past quiet bays and elegant villas with the backdrop of the Rhaetian Alps as the captain shares stories about Lake Como, see the first few stars appear above the lake, then return to shore for a four-course dinner and wine.
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  • 3 hours
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$178.77
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Como Segway Tour

Como Segway Tour

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Maximize time in Como with an efficient Segway tour. Follow a local guide to see top landmarks including Duomo Square, the medieval walls that surround Como, and the public gardens. Learn about local history, including artists, poets, and musicians that lived along the shores of Lake Como. See the elegant lakefront promenade and the town’s beautiful neoclassical villas.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$199.34
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Private Tour to Bellagio and Lake Como from Stresa

Private Tour to Bellagio and Lake Como from Stresa

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Experience Bellagio, a setting known as the most beautiful of Lake Como’s clutch of shoreline towns, on a day trip from a neighboring lake. With pickups from hotels in Stresa and Baveno on Lake Maggiore or Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta included, the day trip offers ultimate convenience for a lazy day out on the glamorous Italian lake. You’ll have free time to wander the narrow streets of Bellagio, followed by a visit to Como town where shops, cafes, and impressive architecture await.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$587.75
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2 Hours Kayaking on Lake Como - 1 Single Kayak

2 Hours Kayaking on Lake Como - 1 Single Kayak

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Independent travelers will enjoy exploring Lake Como with this 2-hour kayak rental. No guides or groups; just you and a single kayak for two hours. Paddle around the picturesque lake, stopping whenever you like and focusing on parts of the shoreline that interest you. Flexible start time makes this rental easy to fit into any vacation schedule.
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  • 2 hours
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$47.15
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