42 days in Lake Como Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lake Como vacation planner
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Boat2Go and Monte San Primo. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Spiaggia di Onno and Lido Villa Olmo. Get out of town with these interesting Como side-trips: Centro Ippico Il Sagittario (in Tavernerio), Abbadia Lariana (Spiaggia Parco Ulisse Guzzi, Antiche Miniere Piani Resinelli, &more) and Mandello del Lario (Museum Moto Guzzi, Chiesa del Sacro Cuore, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), tour the pleasant surroundings at Chilometro della Conoscenza, explore the landscape on two wheels at Ciclovia dei Laghi, and get outside with Lake Como Adventures.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Como tour itinerary planner.

Venice to Como is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Como sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive 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. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Riva Bianca Beach and Spiaggia Tranquilla. Step out of the city life by going to Como Lake Paragliding and Walking Tour Bellagio - Lake of Como. Venture out of the city with trips to 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). Spend the 24th (Sat) on two wheels at Anything But Work. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, shop like a local with Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista, and explore the stunning scenery at Orrido di Bellano.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Varenna travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Como to Varenna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. You'll set off for home on the 8th (Sun).
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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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