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13 Best Towns And Villages In Lake Como

Varenna colorful houses view from Lake Como ferry

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I spent a week in Lake Como, and it was an unforgettable experience. Exploring the towns and villages around the lake, I got a real sense of what makes each place special. From the charming streets of Bellagio to the picturesque views in Varenna and the vibrant atmosphere in Menaggio, I’ve seen it all. This is my guide to the best towns in Lake Como area, what to do in each town, where to stay all based on firsthand knowledge. Whether you’re planning a visit or just curious, these are the most charming towns in Lake Como area that you won’t want to miss!

Lake Como in the Lombardy region of Italy is known for its beautiful scenery, elegant villas and quaint villages. It is one of the best Italian lakes and a short drive from Milan. To make your planning easier, I have listed the best of towns in Lake Como and the highlights of each!

Varenna colorful houses view from Lake Como ferry
What is the most famous town in Lake Como?BELLAGIO
What is the most beautiful village in Lake Como?VARENNA
Which town has the best panoramic views of Lake Como?BRUNATE
What is the most picutresque town in Lake Como?BELLAGIO
What is the most underrated town in Lake Como?NESSO
What is the best town in Lake Como for nature lovers?MENAGGIO
What is the most luxurious town of Lake Como?BELLAGIO
What is the best town to stay in Lake Como for honeymoon?BELLAGIO/TREMEZZO
What is the most practical and less expensive town in Lake ComoCOMO CITY
Colorful cobblestoned street of Bellagio

It is easy to see why Bellagio is the most famous town in Lake Como. Bellagio, known as the “Pearl of Lake Como,” offers spectacular views, charming streets, and plenty of things to do. Its central location on the lake makes it a great base for exploring. You can wander through its narrow, cobblestone streets, enjoy delicious Italian food, and admire the beautiful architecture. It is probably the best Lake Como towns to visit if you are short of time.

Lake side town Bellagio's beautiful homes from the water
  • Stroll through the beautiful gardens of Villa Melzi.
  • Walk through the most popular street of Lake Como, Salita Serbelloni. This is also one of the best Instagram spots in Lake Como.
  • Visit the historic San Giacomo Church in Bellagio center.
  • Explore the scenic waterfront promenade and stop for a coffee or wine at one of the cafes or restaurants.
  • Take a private boat tour of Lake Como.
  • Shop for local crafts and souvenirs in one of the many boutique shops of Bellagio.

Bellagio is known for its luxury hotels and upscale atmosphere. To experience the grandeur of Lake Como, stay in one of the 5 star accommodations below!

  • Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni: One of the most luxurious hotels in Lake Como, featuring lavish rooms, gourmet dining, and breathtaking lake views.
  • Hotel Belvedere Bellagio: Famous for its stunning views, spa facilities, and stylish rooms, it ranks among the top places to stay in Lake Como.
  • Hotel Du Lac: Located in the center of Bellagio, this hotel provides both comfort and luxury with stunning views of Lake Como.

Bellagio has some of the best restaurants with beautiful views of the lake. Enjoy authentic Italian dining at one of the many fine dining restaurants in Bellagio or stop for a coffee at a cafe with lake views.

  • Mistral
  • La Terrazza
  • Ristorante La Punta
  • Ristorante Salice Blu
  • La Goletta

Varenna is on the Eastern shore of Lake Como and is one of the best towns to visit in Lake Como for a good reason. Its colorful houses and narrow streets give it a unique charm. The lakeside views are amazing and it is laid back with authentic Italian charm. You can enjoy a peaceful walk along the waterfront or visit the most beautiful villas with great botanical gardens.

Varenna has lots to see and is perfect place to experience the charm of Lake Como. I loved Varenna so much, we saw the most beautiful sunset, had a delicious meal and enjoyed a leisurely stroll along the promenade. It is the prettiest town in Lake Como area in my opinion and make it part of your Lake Como itinerary.

  • Visit Villa Monastero and its gardens for breathtaking views of Lake Como.
  • Explore Castello di Vezio for panoramic views of Lake Como from above.
  • Check out the terraced gardens and incredible views of Lake Como from Villa Cipressi.
  • Walk along the lakeside promenade, also known as lover’s walk (Passeggiata degli Innamorati) or walk of lovers. It is one of the best places to see sunset over Lake Como.
  • Visit the 14th century Church of San Giorgio.
  • Dine at one of the many lake side cafes and restaurants.
Villa Monastero in Varenna. A statue and villa with lake views
  • Hotel Villa Cipressi: A historic hotel with a mix of history, luxury, and lush gardens with lake views.
  • Hotel Royal Victoria: Gorgeous hotel with lakefront location with elegant rooms filled with a blend of comfort and historical charm.
  • Hotel Olivedo: A great hotel in Varenna with great rooms and lake views.
  • Osteria Quatro Pass
  • La Veranda dei Pescatori
  • Ristorante La Vista
  • Varenna Caffé Bistrot
  • Bar Il Molo

Menaggio, on the western shore of Lake Como, is one of my favorite towns in Lake Como. The town’s lakeside promenade is perfect for a leisurely walk, and there are plenty of cafes and shops to explore. There are plenty of things to do in Menaggio and it also offers great opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking and boating. Its central location makes it an ideal base for exploring other parts of the lake. Whether you stay in Bellagio or Varenna, a visit to Menaggio is a must. It is one of the major towns in Lago di Como area and in my opinion, one of the best towns in Lake Como.

Woman admiring the colorful homes and marina of Menaggio
  • Take a stroll along the lakefront promenade.
  • Explore the historic center and Menaggio market.
  • Visit Villa Mylius Vigoni and its beautiful English style garden.
  • Take a day trip to Lugano.
  • Play a round of Golf at Menaggio Golf Club.
Bustling town center in Menaggio with pedestrians strolling and dining under parasols, flanked by pastel-colored buildings and a historic church tower in the background on a sunny day.
  • Grand Hotel Menaggio is one of the most exclusive hotels in Menaggio with lakefront views and prime location.
  • Hotel Garni Corona is another beautiful boutique hotel located centrally and within walking distance of Menaggio’s attractions.
  • Hotel Bellavista offers stunning views of Lake Como from its rooftop terrace and is one of the best boutique hotels in Menaggio.
  • Osteria Il Pozzo
  • Trattoria La Vecchia Magnolia Il Pozzo
  • La Trattoria Costantin
  • Gelateria Edo

Tremezzo is a picturesque town in Lake Como and one of my favorite towns. This is where we stayed and loved the small town yet luxurious vibe. It is home to the famous Villa Carlotta, with its beautiful gardens and art collections as well as the most famous hotel in Lake Como – Grand Hotel Tremezzo. Tremezzo has a relaxed vibe, with plenty of cafes and restaurants along the waterfront. It is across the lake from Bellagio and 10 minute bus ride/drive from Menaggio.

Pool with orange umbrellas and view of lake Como and mountains Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Villa Carlotta with large gates viewed from the street
  • Visit Villa Carlotta and its stunning botanical gardens as well as art collections.
  • Walk along the lakeside promenade.
  • Step inside the Grand Hotel Tremezzo to experience the grandeur of Lake Como.
  • Take a boat tour to nearby towns.
Woman watching views of lake Como through beautiful gardens
  • Grand Hotel Tremezzo is probably the best luxury hotel in Lake Como and worth splurging on if you are looking for a grand experience. we absolutely loved our stay here!
  • La Darsena Boutique Hotel: A charming boutique hotel with lakeside rooms and budget friendly.
  • La Terrazza at Grand Hotel Tremezzo
  • La Darsena
  • T Pizza bar
  • Cantina Follie

Como City or the Town of Como is a vibrant town in Lake Como. It is the transportation hub and the largest town in Lake Como with rich history, lively atmosphere, and stunning lakefront views.

It is a great starting point for exploring the lake, with plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafes to enjoy. The town’s historic architecture, including the impressive Como Cathedral and the medieval city walls are incredible.

Funicular ride with views of Como town
  • Visit the Como Cathedral (Duomo di Como) and explore the historic city center.
  • Take a ride on the Como-Brunate funicular for panoramic views of the lake.
  • Explore the Tempio Voltiano museum.
  • Stroll along the waterfront promenade and dine at the lakeside restaurants and cafes.
  • Visit the stunning gardens of Villa Olmo.
  • Palace Hotel: This beautiful hotel right on the lakefront offers luxurious rooms with lake or garden views, a beautiful terrace, and excellent dining options.
  • Hilton Lake Como is for those who prefer modern comfort and stylish rooms. It is a perfect blend of contemporary design and comfort.
  • Ristorante Kitchen
  • Ristorante La Colombetta
  • Il Gabbiano

Lenno is one of the smaller towns but a must visit town in Lake Como as it is home to the most famous Villa. Villa del Balbianello, a stunning villa often featured in films like James Bond, Star Wars is in Lenno and is an absolutely stunning place to visit. The villa also has amazing views of the lake. Visiting this villa is one of the best things to do in Lake Como area. Lenno’s weekly market is a great place to experience local culture and cuisine. 

Beautiful villa view from Lake Como
  • Visit Villa del Balbianello and its stunning terraced gardens. Make sure to book tickets ahead as it gets booked well in advance during high season.
  • Explore the weekly market and walk along the lakeside promenade
  • Enjoy a leisurely swim at Lido di Lenno – one of the beach clubs in Lake Como.
  • Take a boat tour from the local dock to view Villa del Babianello from the lake.

Hotel Lenno and Hotel San Giorgio are some of the best hotels to stay in lenno.

  • Ristorante Il Cris
  • Plinio Il Vecchio
  • La Fabbrica del Gelato
  • Lido di Lenno

Lecco is a town in Lake Como that is often overlooked compared to its more famous neighbors. Known for its stunning mountain backdrop and beautiful lakefront, Lecco provides a mix of urban and natural attractions. The town has a lively atmosphere with plenty of shops, restaurants, and cultural sites and worth a visit.

  • Visit the beautiful Basilica of San Nicolò.
  • Explore the historic center and its boutique shops.
  • Hike up to the Piani d’Erna for great views of Lake Como and the surrounding mountains.
  • Walk along the lakeside promenade.
  • Check out the Civic Museum of Lecco for local history.
  • NH Lecco Pontevecchio – This hotel offers modern, comfortable rooms with views of the Adda River and the mountains. It is within walking distance of the historic center.
  • Hotel Alberi – Located right on the lakefront, it is a short walk from the town center. It has the best views of Lake Como.
  • Ristorante Il Crotto del Lupo
  • Ristorante Al Porticciolo 84
  • Soqquadro
  • Trattoria Corte Fiorina

Nesso is a small village and a gem in Lake Como that is worth a visit for its natural beauty and authentic vibe. Nesso is famous for its dramatic gorge, the Orrido di Nesso, and the beautiful waterfall that runs through it. The town’s stone bridge, Ponte della Civera, is a great spot to take in the views. With its scenic surroundings and peaceful atmosphere, Nesso is a great place to explore and relax.

Ivy covered buildings on the shores of Lake Como in the village of Nesso
  • Visit the Orrido di Nesso gorge and waterfall.
  • Walk across the historic Ponte della Civera.
  • Explore the old town’s narrow streets and alleys.
  • Take a boat tour for the best view of the gorge and Ponte della Civera.

Oleandra Rossa and La Turr De Mezz with lake views and cozy rooms are good options to say in Nesso.

  • Trattoria del Porto
  • Pizzeria Trattoria Da Eugenio
  • Ristorante Pizzeria La Cascata

Cernobbio is a popular town in Lake Como due to its proximity to Como City and its beautiful waterfront promenade. Cernobbio is home to the famous Villa d’Este, a luxurious hotel and garden that is amazing and worth a visit. If you are staying in Como city, I highly recommend visiting Cernobbio and Villa d’Este. We visited Villa d’Este for lunch and it was a wonderful experience.

man with a stroller walking on a path with a colorful villa in the background. Villa d'este, Lake Como
  • Visit Villa d’Este and explore its gardens. I hihgly recommend dining at The Veranda at Villa d’Este.
  • Walk along the lakeside promenade.
  • Explore Villa Erba, a historic villa and its beautiful gardens.
  • Villa d’Este – This luxurious hotel is one of the most famous in Lake Como. With opulent rooms, beautiful gardens, multiple restaurants, and stunning lake views, it is one of the best hotels to stay in Lake Como.. The service and amenities are top-notch, making it a perfect choice for a lavish stay. If you are planning to stay in Cernobbio, you have got to stay in Villa d’Este.
  • Hotel Miralago – Located right on the lakefront, this charming hotel offers comfortable rooms with beautiful views. It is a great spot for enjoying the views of Lake Como.
  • Hotel Regina Olga – This is a classic hotel with perfect location on the lake. The hotel’s restaurant offers delicious Italian cuisine and lake views.
  • Ristorante Villa d’Este
  • Materia
  • Trattoria del Glicine
  • Il Platano

Bellano is another great town to visit in Lake Comoif you love dramatic landscape and nature. It iss a bit off the beaten path but very close to Varenna. Bellano is famous for the Orrido di Bellano, a deep gorge with impressive waterfalls that is a must-see. The town has a lively waterfront with cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy local cuisine and the beautiful views. Its mix of natural beauty and authentic charm makes Bellano an incredible town to explore.

A gorge with a beautiful waterfall and suspension bridge in Bellano, Lake Como
  • Visit the Orrido di Bellano gorge and the waterfalls.
  • Take a stroll along the lakeside promenade.
  • Explore the historic Church of SS. Nazaro and Celso.

Hotel Meridiana and Hotel Bellano are two of the best hotels to stay in Bellano.

  • Ristorante La Darsena
  • Crotto di Biosio
  • Trattoria Del Ponte

With some of the most beautiful towns, Lake Como is a must-visit destination in Northern Italy. Each town offers its own unique charm and attractions, from the historic centre of Como City to the dramatic landscapes of Bellano and the stunning villas of Tremezzo.

Whether you’re exploring the famous Villa del Balbianello in Lenno, the most famous town Bellagio or enjoying the less crowded atmosphere of Nesso, there’s something for everyone. Make sure to visit these different towns to truly appreciate the beauty and diversity of one of Italy’s most beautiful regions.

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I am Aswani Kurra. I am an engineer, dreamer and part-time wanderlust, writer and wine lover. I always had an urge to write, create and travel. So I created this space to satisfy my creative itch and combine all my skills to help you plan your Charming Escape.

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