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Lake Como – The Jewel of Lombardy

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Just a stone’s throw away from the bustling Milan, you will find yourself in an idyllic scenery where deep blue lake set in the shadow of snow-covered Alps, hemmed in by steep, wooded hills and dotted by colourful houses, exquisite villas and palaces. That is Lago di Como (Lake Como) – the jewel of Lombardy.


The upside-down Y-shaped glacial lake lies at the foothill of the Alps and just 50 kilometres from Milan. It is the most spectacular of the region’s three main lakes with over 146 square kilometres width and 200 metres depth. Lago di Como’s northern branch begins at Colico, while the towns of Como and Lecco sit at the ends of the southwestern and southeastern branches respectively.

Lake Como
Lake Como
The lakeside town of Varenna
The lakeside town of Varenna

Because of its beauty and its short distance to Milan, Lago di Como has already been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since the Roman. Today, many A-list celebrities have or have had homes on the shores this lake, including Georges Clooney, Madonna and Gianni Versace – founder of the famous fashion house Versace.

Villa Balbianello
Villa Balbianello
Villa D'Este
Villa D’Este

Lago di Como is large and it takes more than one day to explore all of its villages and villas. But if you only have time to visit one place, make it Bellagio. The picturesque village of Bellagio is situated at the intersection of the three branches of the lake and is known for its glamorous waterfront, its maze of steep stone staircases and joyful gardens filled with rhododendrons.

Bellagio's main street
Bellagio’s main street

Travel from Milan to Lake Como (Bellagio)

  • The town of Como is easily accessible from Milan by trains. Trains depart from Milan’s central station and Porta Garibaldi station and take around 30 minutes to one hour.
  • Lake-wide ferries operate year-round and depart from the jetties beside Piazza Cavour. Depend on your destination, the price for a single ticket ranges between 2.50€ to 12.60€. More information can be found at Navigazione Laghi.
  • There are two possible ways to return to Milan from Bellagio:
    • Take the ferry to return to Como, and continue by train to Milan. You can opt for the faster hydrofoils, which cost 1.40€ to 4.90€ extra.
    • Or make the short ferry crossing from Bellagio to Varenna. Then from Varenna to Milan by trains.

Hồ Como – Viên ngọc vùng Lombardy

Lago di Como (hồ Como ) nằm cách kinh đô thời trang Milan khoảng 50 km về phía Bắc. Trái ngược hoàn toàn với sự náo nhiệt của Milan, hồ Como lặng lẽ dưới ẩn mình dưới chân dãy Alps quanh năm tuyết phủ. Diện tích hồ rộng khoảng 146 km² và mang hình dáng chữ Y ngược. Hồ kéo dài từ Colico ở phía bắc đến thị trấn Como và Lecco ở phía Đông Nam và Tây Nam.

Lake Como
Lake Como

Hồ Como khá rộng và mất hơn một ngày để khám phá. Nếu bạn có ít thời gian thì nên dành thời gian ở Bellagio. Bellagio nằm ở nơi giao nhau giữa ba đoạn hồ và là một khu làng cổ với những căn nhà màu pastel nằm dọc trên sườn đồi, những hẻm nhỏ lát đá đan xen nhau như một mê cung và những khu vườn rực rỡ đầy hoa.

Bellagio's main street
Bellagio’s main street

Hồ Como được đánh giá là hồ đẹp nhất của vùng Lombardy với làn nước màu xanh ngọc bích, được bao bọc bởi những ngọn đồi xanh mướt và điểm xuyết bởi một vài ngôi làng cổ và biệt thự sang trọng. Chính vì thế hồ Como đã được biết đến như là một khu nghỉ mát dành cho giới quý tộc từ thời kì La Mã. Ngày nay, một số các sao hạng A cũng chọn Como làm nơi nghỉ dưỡng, tiêu biểu như George Clonney, Madonna hay nhà thiết kế đại tài Gianni Versace.

Villa Balbianello
Villa Balbianello
Villa D'Este
Villa D’Este

Kinh nghiệm du lịch hồ Como

  • Từ Milan đến Como mất khoảng 30 đến 60 phút bằng tàu lửa. Tàu xuất phát từ nhà ga trung tâm Milan và ga Porta Garibaldi mỗi giờ.
  • Thuyền đi trên hồ Como hoạt động quanh năm và ghé qua tất cả các địa điểm ven hồ. Giá vé một chiều dao động từ 2.50€ đến 12.60€ tùy vào khoảng cách. Tàu cao tốc thì mất thêm từ 1.40€ đến 4.90€. Tàu xuất phát từ cầu tàu gần Piazza Cavour. Thông tin chi tiết về giá vé và giờ tàu có thể đọc thêm tại Navigazione Laghi.
  • Có 2 cách để có thể quay về Milan từ Bellagio:
    • Đi tàu thủy ngược lại về Como, và từ đó đi tàu lửa về Milan.
    • Hoặc đi tàu thủy đến Varenna (khoảng vài phút), rồi từ đó đi tàu lửa về Milan. Cách này thì ngắn hơn và bạn có thể xem thêm được thị trấn Varenna. Lưu ý: số lượng tàu từ Varenna về Milan ít hơn từ Como về Milan.
The lakeside town of Varenna
The lakeside town of Varenna


  1. Great post! I read it with interest and really loved your pictures. They captured the whole ambience perfectly. 👍🏻

    1. It is very kind of you, Evangelina! It feels somehow great to receive compliments from an Italian when writing about Italy 🙂

    1. Many thanks! And by luck, you can meet some A-Celebrities here 😉 I am not a fan of George but I don’t mind to have a photo with him haha

    1. Thank you, em 🙂 Khi nào có thời gian thì bay qua Milan rồi đi tàu lên Como. A nghĩ 1 weekend thôi là đủ rồi. Đẹp như Thụy Sĩ ấy mà giá cả thì vẫn rẻ so với bên kia biên giới 🙂

  2. I can see why many A-list celebrities decided to buy properties on the banks of Lake Como. It really looks beautiful, pristine, serene, and charming at the same time. Those pretty houses around the lake add to this place’s allure.

    1. They are simply magnificent, isn’t it?When i was on the ferry, I was awed by those villas too. I asked myself who are the owners of those gorgeous properties: a celebrity, a politician or even a mafia boss 🙂

  3. I think we can assert that in Italy we have a Lake District, too, LOL. Lake Como is just the most famous to a certain public because of Clooney, but there are plenty of charming lakes (big and small). Have you seen other Italian lakes?

    Great photos, as usual! 😉

    1. Thank you, Sara! I only know two more lakes: Lake Garda and Lake Iseo. But unfortunately I have not been in any of them. I guess you must know well about Garda, right? Not far from home 🙂

      1. Yes, it’s not very far! It’s very famous among German tourists, who have literally colonized it from decades, lol.

        I find quite strange that another important lake is not as known as others to Non-Italians: it’s Lake Maggiore, which is very beautiful.

      2. Just googled Lake Maggiore. It looks as gorgeous as Lake Como, and it is not so far too. Feel a bit pity that we missed it 🙁
        The first time I have heard about Lake Garda, I thought it was somewhere in Bavarian. The German call it Gardasee, so I thought it is somewhere in German soil 🙂

      3. In fact I thought it was quite strange that you knew about Lake Iseo (which is smaller) and not Maggiore. But I bet that the Christo art (?) installation brought new fame to it! Anyway, Lake Maggiore is amazing, really.

        Eheh, it’s some sort of German colony, as I said. You go there and you found shops with German signs everywhere, lol. Germans LOVE spending their vacations at the lakeside and Garda is probably their favorite.

  4. As an Italian, I appreciate that someone tells about my country’s less-known jewels! Great article as usual – the Practical Information are the best!

    1. Thanks a lot for your compliment! I really appreciate it 🙂 I found it is a bit pity that people just follow mainstream and forget about the existence of such beautiful place. Milan is great, but it is not the only interesting place in the region. I intended to visit Bergamo as well. But no luck, it was pouring rain 🙂

    1. I agree. Too often, people are trapped in tourist destinations like Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan. They are absolutely worth visiting, but there is more about Italy than just these cities.

  5. That’s awesome! I didn’t know Lake Como was so close to Milan!! Do you know of any companies that operate day tours from Milan to Como? I would looove to go (but I’m only spending 1.5 day in Milan)…

    1. Unfortunately, I do not know any tour operator to Lake Como. But if you do not have much time you can visit it within 1/2 day. Bellagio might be too far, but other villages and villas are worth visiting as well.
      I suggest you check the timetable of the ferry first (link in my post), and plan the train accordingly, so that you don’t lose time waiting for the ferry. There are a lot of trains from Milan to Como. And I think the last trip from Como to Milan is at 19:00 (you have to check Trenitalia again 🙂 )

      1. Hey thanks so much for the inspiration – it’s absolutely my idea of a perfect day excursion! I managed to find an operator through the mighty powers of Google, just waiting for their reply on pick up point. Can’t wait!! 😊😊

  6. I love your practical tips, Len! Perfect as I will be heading to Lake Como this May (Milan-Venice-Lake Como trip) I’m new at blogging and have just created my page at I hope you can visit my page too. I have recently created 4 entries on Switzerland and I have links to my vids for our holidays in Iceland, St Ives UK, Rome/Florence/Vatican. Fellow travel enthusiasts do drop my travel blog and hope you find something that interests or inspires your future travel.

  7. Nice post!! I am from the area and I love reading about it! If you liked the area and happen to come again, I advise you to also come visit Lake Lugano and the city of Lugano in Switzerland!

    1. Thanks a lot for the tips, Lexi! Actually, I intended to cross the border to Lugano when I was in Como. But it was pouring rain, so the plan was unfortunately cancelled. If I were in Lombardy again, I would definitely go there, and maybe a visit to Bergamo as well. Too ambitious, I guess 🙂

  8. This place is breathtaking! I’ve been browsing through your blog and literally fell in love with! Great job! <3

  9. Beautiful beautiful – I remember seeing this post from you. 👍👍Seeing it again just brings back so many memories of my trip there. I actually have a very similar photo to your Bellagio photo. I need to post more often (if only I have more time in my day!!) 😊

    1. Your memory serves you well, Jolene 😉 I did indeed publish this post before. It’s pity to leave the old posts in archive where no one will read it 😛
      How about joining the photo challenges? You don’t have to write so it doesn’t take much time. And I would love to see your photo of Bellagio 😀

      1. Hahah, I like your strategy 😁
        I hope to have some time during my holidays to start thinking about what I want to write! I’m going to Canada and NY in a week 🙂

      2. Nice! Summer vacation, I guess 🙂 I really want to visit Canada. But the ultra-long flight is a real deterrent 😛 How long will you be there?

      3. Yep, I really need a holiday. 3 weeks.
        Don’t worry about the flights! Watch a few movies, read a book or write some blog posts and it will be gone quickly. 😊

      4. Well, I can survive 6-7 hours flight. But I don’t think I can sit on the plane for 12-13 hours, continuously 🙂

    1. Thanks for your compliment! Most of the time, I use a Fuji X-30. It’s a compact camera but the photo is pretty good, especially the colour. I don’t have to edit much 🙂

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