… you will already find yourself on the shores of Lago di Como, framed by the base of the Alps. The towns surrounding the lake honor the blue-green water with their colorful facades and ooze an air of carefree Italianità. Whether you are on your way to Milano or escaping the odd day of bad weather in the mountains, the Como area has plenty of options for a great day trip:
The morning in Colico
The town of Colico lies in the province of Lecco on the north shore of Lake Como. Views are fantastic, and there are all sorts of activities to be found for an energetic start to your day.
For a cappuccino
Take a coffee break at the Caffè del Lago, which has outside seating and a postcard lake view.
A lakeside strolls
A short walk along the lake is sure to stimulate your senses – we recommend going from the south end of town to the nature reserve of Pian die Spagna.
An afternoon in Bellagio
Follow the eastern shore and it will take you the dreamy little city of Varenna. From here you can take a car ferry to Bellagio, the pearl of Lake Como. Despite being popular with tourists, Bellagio's flair is not famous for nothing – a stroll among the elegant villas, picturesque houses and mediterranean alleys proves that with ease.
On to lunch
If you can snag a table at the Ristorante Bilacus on the popular Salita Serbelloni, consider yourself lucky. Not only is the food delicious, but the outside patio with its jasmine-covered arbor is true postcard motif. bilacusbellagio.it
For wine lovers
Your route down the Salita Serbelloni to the shore leads you right past the Enoteca la Principessa with their excellent wine selection. Don't worry, you can't miss it. Strolling through the park
The gardens at the Villa Serbelloni are always worth a visit. Since you can only enter with a guided tour, make sure to book in advance. The gardens of the Villa Melzi, along with the chapel and museum, are made for a splendid afternoon walk. giardinidivillamelzi.it
Evening in Como
The drive along the western arm of Lake Como brings you to its namesake. Como, the regional capitol, is known for its cultural heritage, and the old alleys are a joy to galavant through. And don't forget to stop by the Como Cathedral before bedding down in your classic Italian villa!
In the mood for an aperitif?
Step into the wonderfully down-to-earth atmosphere of the Fresco Cocktail Shop. The ceiling is low, with heavy wood beams – but the cocktails are refined, creative and seasonal.
Dinner – hassle-free
Don't be fooled by the simplicity of the dishes in Ristorante Sociale. The simplicity only ensures that their sumptuous flavors of Italianità leave a more lasting impression – aided and abetted by the lively atmosphere of this rustic restaurant in the heart of the city. ristorantesociale.it
The best gelato in Como
Good gelato is not found piled into mounds behind plexiglass, but hidden under lids in cooled containers. Do like the locals do, and wrap up your dinner at Gelateria Guidi with a scoop of sweet bliss.
For a good night's sleep
Located at the edge of town, Villa Ronco dell’Abate overlooks southern Como. Guests can not only recharge their batteries in the renovated rooms, but also in a beautiful library and picturesque gardens. roncodellabate.com