Looking for an unforgettable vacation in Italy this year? Head to Lake Como. The freshwater lake sits at the foothills of the Alps and is surrounded by some of Italy’s most stunning scenery. From enjoying the views and landscapes to hiking, fine dining or just savouring the moment in one of the luxury vacation houses in lake como, there’s something here for everyone. If you’re still not convinced, here are a few reasons why you should put Lake Como on your 2018 travel bucket list.
To say Lake Como is beautiful is a vast understatement. The lake itself sits surrounded by mountains withquaint townsalong the shore. Stroll along the edge of the clean and clear lake and enjoy the views of the mountains in the background. Or head into the hills and explore almost forgotten villages that are frozen in time. Italy has many beautiful places, but Lake Como is by far one of the most stunning.
Take the Chance to See the Lake From Above
Here’s a little-known secret at Lake Como: Did you know you can get your hydroplane licence at Aero Club Como? It’s true. And it not only gives you the opportunity to have a once in a lifetime experience, but it also gives you the chance to see Lake Como from above. And contrary to what you might think, Lake Como looks even more gorgeous from the air. You don’t need to have your licence to go in one of the planes. Instead, either take an introductory lesson for the experience or pay to sit in the passenger seat.
What can be more romantic than taking a sunset cruise on Lake Como? Few things in the world can be as rewarding as sipping a glass of Italian wine in the warm summer evening as you gently sail past tiny lakeside villages. While the prices of these trips are high, they will provide an evening of fun and luxury. But if the sunset isn’t for you, it’s possible to charter your own boat and have an adventure sailing around the lake.
It doesn’t matter where you go in Italy, you’re almost guaranteed to have good food. From the little family-owned spots and Pizzerias in Milan and Rome to the Michelin Star restaurants in Florence, you’re never too far from having an unforgettable culinary experience. And Lake Como is no exception. If you head to the small town of Como, you’ll find a range of spots serving pizzas and pasta cooked to perfection with locally produced olive oil. And on a warm summer day, get a mouth-watering gelato from the street side vendors. But, aim to be dining between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm as most restaurants close outside these times.
A Comfortable Climate
According to the regular visitors and residents, Lake Como has a perfect climate. The summers are warm with temperatures in the low 30s while winter rarely dips below freezing point. You can walk around and sunbathe in the warmer months and go for a swim in the clear water, which hovers around 24°C in July and August. Or watch the seasons change in autumn or spring. But the lake also makes a great place for a winter getaway with temperatures that are cold, but not too cold. It’s the ideal weather for sitting inside next to a log fire while overlooking the stunning mountains and views outside.
An Opportunity to Go Hiking
Because of its location, Lake Como offers endless opportunities to go hiking in the hills and mountains. Some trails such as the Green Way pass through multiple villages allowing hikers to get a sense of rural Italy at its best. Others are tougher and follow extended and more strenuous treks along the valleys to hidden viewpoints and spots for a picnic. You can also stroll along the lake itself rather than heading out in the mountains, especially in the cooler months or when the weather tends to be soggy and damp. Regardless of the type of experience you’re looking for from casual strolls to multi-day expeditions, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Como.
Experience The Burning of Comacina Island
One of the most important dates on the calendar at Lake Como takes place in June. The Burning of Comacina Island is part of the Celebration of Saint John and involves a massive firework display. Attracting thousands from the villages and towns as well as those from further south, the experience promises to be something unforgettable. Using a combination of narration and music, onlookers can enjoy a recreation of a medieval battle which destroyed the island. Either stand of the shore and watch or join a tour and enjoy from the boats or private yachts on the lake.
Lake Como is Easy to Access
An overlooked part of travel is the relative ease or difficulty of actually getting to the place. And unlike some of the other beautiful parts of Italy, Lake Como is easy to reach. Milan sits a short train journey from the shores of the famous lake and Milan Airport is served by airlines throughout Europe. Because of its proximity, you have the choice between visiting as part of a day trip to spending a few nights here.
Put Lake Como on Your Bucket List
Whether you want to visit to soak up the views and scenery or enjoy the hiking, you’ll find what you’re looking for here. The Lake is easy to reach, has lots of world-class Italian food, hosts annual events and festivals and is generally beautiful at all times of the year.