Lake Como, Italy is situated close to the city of Milan in the northern part of this country. The lake measures 50km in length and at the southern end the town of Bellagio is located situated on the land where the lake forks. This is certainly not the largest of the lakes to be found in Italy, but is one of the deepest, both Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore are much larger in size.
For many centuries ever since the Roman Empire this like the other lakes situated around Italy has been a popular tourist resort. Today the towns that line its shores are not just popular with tourists but also cyclists, walkers and swimmers as well.
To get to Lake Como from Milan there is a regular train service and this journey takes around at total of 40 minutes to complete. The trains leave Milan either from its Central Station or Porta Garibaldi Station and arrives in Lake Como’s station San Giovanni.
Once you are at Lake Como there are a number of ways that you can travel around its shores. You can drive; take a local bus or cycle. However, one of the quickest and best ways to get good views of the lake itself is by using the many boats and steamers that travel across it. The services are very frequent and connect all the major resorts and towns around the lakes shores such as Bellagio, Menaggio, Tremezzo, Lenno, Varenna and Villa Carlotta.
Commo town is one of the more lively towns situated at the southern end of the lake. It has plenty to offer in the way of beautiful gothic and renaissance architecture for you to enjoy. However, to really appreciate the lake then take a ride on the funicular which will once at the top provides you with some really spectacular views not just of the town but the lake also.
However, the town of Menaggio which is found on the lake’s western shore is one of the more popular tourist resorts here. As well as some superb hotels the resort actually has a beach as well, where one can relax and watch the world sail by.
As mentioned above also situated at the southern end of the lake near to the town of Commo is the town of Bellagio. With its beautiful stately hotels and wonderful gardens (open to the public) this truly is what many see as a picturesque Italian town.
For those who are looking for somewhere that is a little more peaceful and relaxing then consider staying in the town of Varenna. It is a much smaller sized town than Bellagio but has some truly wonderful architecture to view and also a visit to Castello de Vezio in the town allows you to enjoy spectacular views looking out over Lake Como.
The best times to visit Lake Como, Italy is mid weekend as the area is extremely popular with people from Milan at the weekends. Also if you can avoid the months of July and August as this is when most people choose to spend time here and it can become extremely crowded. Certainly the best time to visit the area in the spring or autumn months. The weather is still pleasant, but there are far less people to contend with.