8 days in Lake Como Itinerary

8 days in Lake Como Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lake Como route planner

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Como
— 4 nights
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Varenna
— 3 nights
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Como

— 4 nights

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Get out of town with these interesting Como side-trips: Mandello del Lario (Chiesa di San Giorgio & Chiesa di Santa Maria Sopra Olcio), Monumento Naturale Regionale del Sasso di Preguda (in Valmadrera) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Bellagio). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), take an in-depth tour of Civic Museum of the Risorgimento, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Fedele, and admire the landmark architecture of Tempio Voltiano.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Como trip itinerary website.

Milan to Como is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Como can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Varenna.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Adventure

Side Trips

Varenna

— 3 nights
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Venture out of the city with trips to Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino (in Griante), Colico (Forte Montecchio Nord, Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona, &more) and Bellagio (Basilica di San Giacomo, I Giardini di Villa Melzi, &more). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, take in breathtaking views at Orrido di Bellano, admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta, and get curious at Civic Museum of Ornithology and Natural Sciences.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Varenna trip planning site.

Getting from Como to Varenna by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a train. In February in Varenna, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."