42 days in Lake Como Itinerary

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Como
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Como — 20 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 in touch with nature at Sentiero 6 - Valbasca and Chilometro della Conoscenza. Relax by the water at Lido di Lenno and Spiaggia di Onno. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Como: Abbadia Lariana (Spiaggia Parco Ulisse Guzzi, Antiche Miniere Piani Resinelli, &more), Mandello del Lario (Museum Moto Guzzi, Chiesa del Sacro Cuore, &more) and Centro Ippico Il Sagittario (in Tavernerio). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ciclovia dei Laghi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, and don't miss a visit to Piazza Cavour.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Como road trip planning tool.

Venice to Como is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Como are 8°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Varenna.
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Varenna — 21 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. Visit Spiaggia Tranquilla and Riva Bianca Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Anything But Work and Como Lake Paragliding will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Varenna: Bellagio (La Perla del Lago, Museo degli Strumenti per la Navigazione, &more), Dervio (Chiesa di S. Tommaso Becket, Castello di Corenno Plinio, &more) and Tremezzina (Chiesa di San Lorenzo a Tremezzo, Villa Carlotta, &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, and explore the stunning scenery at Orrido di Bellano.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Varenna trip maker tool.

You can drive from Como to Varenna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a train. In January in Varenna, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and -1°C at night. You will leave for home on the 7th (Mon).
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Lake Como travel guide

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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."
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