LAKE COMO AND ITS SURROUNDINGS
Spare time & Sport on Lake Como
WATER SPORTS & KAYAK
Wakeboard, wakesurf, water ski available at Scinautico Lariano in Blevio
Aks the concierge for the many boat companies available at Lake Como
Aero Club in Como offers incredibles tours of the lake with seaplanes
TREKKING & BIKE
Aks the concierge for the brochure with all the trekking itineraries
Menaggio & Cadenabbia is the nearest golf club with 18 holes, 35 minutes by car
In Bellagio is possible to organize with the fisherman, ask the reception for info&costs!
The city of Como, with panoramic views, shops and suggestive excursions
PLACES OF INTEREST::
IComo’s Cathedral is the last of Gothic cathedrals built in Lombardy.
OPENINGS: Working days – 10.30 am to 5.00 pm Sunday – 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
It is the original site, in medieval times, of the the City Hall of Como. It hosts art shows and exhibitions.
The Medieval City Gate.
You can make a visit to the monumental remains of the “Porta Pretoria” in the days and opening hours of the Archaeological Museum by reservation only.
OPENINGS: Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Market Hall, is In Via Mentana n° 5 and it is open daily from Monday to Saturday. Inside there is also the Farmers Market of Como manufacturers , which are present on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings with direct sales (from producers to consumers) of local products of Como Area.
The local and organic producers market is held every Saturday from 8 to 12 in Como-Rebbio, in the park of Missionari Comboniani in Via Salvadonica 3 along Via Varesina.
Antiquities and Handcrafts
In San Fedele square is held the market of Antiquities on the first Saturday of each month and the market of HandCrafts on the second, third and fourth Saturday of each month.
Foxtown in Mendrisio (Switzerland) – in this outlet you will find 160 stores with 250 brands. Open daily from 11am to 7pm.
In piazza De Gasperi is the funicular station, from here you can reach Brunate, also called the “balcony” of the Alps for its breathtaking panorama. Walking in the hills you will see many splendid Art Nouveau villas and you can reach San Maurizio where you can visit the Voltiano Lighthouse, built in 1927. At night the Lighthouse lights Como and the valley with beams of white, red and green lights. You can come back to Como also by walk.
From San Rocco square or from Camerlata square you can reach (by walk – 20 minutes) Baradello Castle, rebuilt in the twelfth century by Frederico I of Svevia, called Barbarossa, over the fortifications ruins dated from the sixth century.
What to see on Lake Como: the most picturesque villages not to be missed
Laglio, Brienno & Lenno
Laglio is the country known for the residence of the actor George Clooney and Brienno is one of the oldest villages, it has remained virtually unchanged for over a century. In Lenno there is Villa Balbianello, property of Fai and today famous for the movie 007 – Casino Royale.
Varenna is a small village located on a promontory of Lake Como at the mouth of the Esino stream. Varenna looks like an oil painting, characterized by narrow alleys and colorful houses that look out over the water. Among the main attractions are the medieval church of San Giorgio, Villa Cipressi and Villa Monastero.
The only way to reach Isola Comacina is to take a ferry in Sala Comacina or in other locations in the surroundings of Lake Como. On the island, you can stroll through the luxuriant nature, you can admire several Roman remains and the ruins of the Roman Basilica dedicated to Sant’Eufemia.
In Torno there is the mysterious Villa Pliniana. In its halls Napoleon, Alessandro Manzoni, Ugo Foscolo, Stendhal, Byron, Giuseppe Verdi, Vincenzo Bellini and Rossini were guests. Leonardo da Vinci studied the intermittent spring water gushing from a rock, now enclosed in the inner courtyard of the building.