Milan is one of Italy's main cities, but isn't necessarily a city that visitors go to massively when touring the country. Milan is Italy's financial center and likewise one of the great fashion capitals of the world. Those things add up to marvelous high-end shopping and fashionable nightlife, but they don't do much good for the hikers. Milan definitely has some interesting views and plenty of history, but except you are really a fashion person there might be better alternatives for those doing a short tour of Italy.
The very first eyesight of the spectacular field of azure Lake Como, ringed by smaller gardens and woods and backed by the snow-capped Alps, most probably will call to mind strong sensations. Romance, soulfulness, even mild melancholy – these are the stirrings that over the many years the lake has inspired in poets (Lord Byron), writers (Stendhal), composers (Verdi and Rossini), and plenty of other visitors, and queens, such as Caroline of Brunswick, whom George IV of England exiled here for her adulterous ways, contemporary vacationers who float along these lake in the ubiquitous lake steamers, or today the affluent and celebrities (George Clooney possessed a house here). Besides from its emotional draw, lake Como is furthermore simply an enjoyable place to spend time. Not as much as an hour from Milan by train or car, its deep waters and green shores provide a great rest from today’s busy lifestyles.
Booking hotels at lake Como – no fees
from € 98
Piazza Vittoria 12/13, Como
Hotel Le Due Corti is a historic building with a car park and an excellent restaurant. It is set just by Como’s old city walls.
Rooms at Le Due Corti are quiet and come equipped with satellite TV and ironing facilities.
You will have free Wi-Fi access in the lounge. The hotel also features a small pool.
A 10-minute walk past shops and cafés will take you to Como’s historic center and Lake Como. Buses leave for here from outside Albergo Le Due Corti. more…
from € 102
Lungo Lario Trieste 16, Como
Located right on the shore of Lake Como, the Palace Hotel is a 5-minute walk from Como Cathedral. Set in landscaped gardens, both its bar and restaurant overlook the lake.
Palace Hotel & Centro Congressi is made up of 2 buildings, one historic and one modern. All rooms are air conditioned and come with a minibar as well as satellite and pay-per-view channels. Some offer lake views.
A varied buffet breakfast is available each morning, while Restaurant Antica Darsena offers Mediterranean and Italian cuisine in an elegant setting, with views of the hotel’s private jetty. Garden Bar Ceccato is perfect for a hot chocolate or cocktail.
Hotel Palace is just 200 metres from Como Nord Lago Railway Station and is surrounded by Como’s most popular shopping streets. more…
from € 67
Viale Innocenzo XI, 15, Como
Best Western Hotel Continental is a pleasant 3-star hotel near Lake Como, in close proximity to the railway station. Enjoy a comfortable, central base and a range of modern amenities.
Get ready for a busy day of visiting or business with a varied breakfast buffet, served in a comfortable and spacious dining room.
Benefit from the assortment of available facilities to make the most from your stay at this pretty lakeside establishment.
Relax in the the informal ambiance of the hotel’s restaurant and sample the array of fresh seafood and meat dishes served daily.
Retire to your well-appointed room and enjoy a peaceful and tranquil retreat.
Look out for special rates for a minimum stay of 2 nights or for booking in advance! . more…
from € 63
Piazza Cavour 19, Como
Featuring a harbour-side location with views of Lake Como and the Alps, Hotel Metropole is in the heart of Como. It offers free Wi-Fi, and air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV.
The continental buffet breakfast at Hotel Metropole Suisse is served in the dining hall or on the lakeside terrace. Evening meals at the Imbarcadero Restaurant include local specialities and fresh fish from Lake Como.
Just 300 metres from Como Cathedral, the Metropole Suisse Hotel is well located for exploring the city. After a day sailing on the lake or cycling along the shore, guests can relax in the wine bar or the hotel’s sauna. more…
from € 105
Lungo Lario Trieste 14, Como
Dating back to the 19th century, Albergo Terminus has both a great view across Lake Como and a central location in the historic centre, next to Como Nord Lago Station.
Rooms are located in the main building or the hotel’s new wing, built in 2007. Each room has an individual design, and air conditioning, satellite TV, and a minibar come as standard.
The Terminus Hotel includes a grand lobby with Wi-Fi point, as well as a gym and sauna. The restaurant serves traditional Italian dishes, with meals served out in the garden overlooking the lake.
Staff provide an attentive service, tourist information, and recommendations on what to do in Como and beyond. Como Cathedral is just 300 metres away, while the museum and gardens of Tempio Voltiano are 5 minutes away on foot. more…
from € 50
Viale F.lli Rosselli 22, Como
Hotel Engadina is 400 metres from Como Train Station and just 10 minutes’ walk from the historic centre. Free Wi-Fi and free parking are provided here.
Rooms have been completely refurbished at the Engadina. They have satellite TV and minibars.
Engadina Hotel has a 24-hour reception where newspapers and tourist information is available.
The hotel also has its own bar and you are close to Como’s restaurants and shops. Lake Como and the harbour are close by. more…
How to get to lake Como
Trains arrive daily at Como from Milan every hour. The trip takes 40 minutes. The primary station, Stazione San Giovanni, Piazzale San Gottardo, lies at the conclusion of Viale Gallio, a 15- minute walk in the center (Piazza Cavour).
The city of Como is 40km (25 miles) north of Milan; you are able to drive there Via A9. Once in the Como, a little road (S583) leads to the resort of Bellagio. Making your way around Bus service connecting the main towns across the lake emerges by SPT, Piazza Matteotti (& 031-2769911). Travel time depends on the traffic. Como is renowned for its silk industry. Most visitors at least go through here to consider a cruise on the lake.
Como is also a commercial city and for vacations this isn’t the best place to stay (head instead to one from the more appealing resorts along the lake, for example Bellagio), if you don’t have your own car and therefore are determined by the bus (whereby it’s the most convenient base). For hundreds of years, the town’s economy has been linked to Milan. Como has been making silk since Marco Polo first returned with silkworms from China (at the end of World War II, however, Como leaves the cultivation of silk to the Chinese and imports the thread to weave into fabrics).
Como’s silk makers are major suppliers for designers in Milan, and big names like Giorgio Armani come here to discuss the patterns they want with silk manufacturers.