Lago Di Como (Lake Como) is like a world within a world. This Italian lake is a destination of pure beauty with stunning nature, vintage-style buildings and breath-taking views, from where you can wander, relax and enjoy the peace.
Travelling from Milan to Lake Como
It’s easy to get a train to from Milan to Lake Como. Firstly, get a taxi to Milan Porto Garibaldi station. Here you’ll need to buy a train ticket to Chiasso, which was €15 for an adult return and €7.50 for a child. You’re listening out for ‘Como’ and it’s the penultimate stop, which takes around an hour. Although it goes through some pretty derelict towns, overall it’s such a beautiful train ride. My tip is to make sure you’ve got a window seat!
If you fancy a guided tour from Milan to Como, click a day trip tour below!
Located on the boarder of Italy and Switzerland, the lake is set against the dramatic scenery of the alps. It has a beautifully characteristic inverted ‘Y’ shape. The northern branch starts at the town of Colico, while the towns of Como and Lecco lie at the ends of the southwestern and southeastern branches.
Due to it’s alpine location, Lake Como has its own micro-climate. The weather is similar to the Mediterranean with temperatures differing considerably from Milan, even though it’s not that far from the city! I visited in Autumn of 2020, where it was quite chilly and misty, however it was still a beautiful sight and, even in the middle of a pandemic, there were still loads of people walking along the streets. There seemed to be a boat race on the lake, which brought a lot of onlookers to the railings. It was incredible to watch, until a boat capsized and we had to wait until the coast was clear.
While we waited, we caught the funicular! The steep cable car ride takes you to the mountain top to the village of Brunate in just 7 minutes. It’s a very well-liked excursion with an extremely atmospheric panoramic point. There are many incredible villas at the top and Lake Como holidays are very popular for families from around the world. Brunate is the perfect starting point for many peaceful, leafy walks. At the highest view point, you can see the outline of the historic centre, the ancient Roman castrum and a view over the Alps.
Check out my video below as I ride on the Como-Brunate funicular:
Lake Como contains spectacular architecture, cobble stone streets and unique town squares, with bustling colourful cafes. Also, along its shores, you can spot prestigious villas owned by celebrities, including George Clooney, Sir Richard Branson and Brad Pitt! Above all, the people are extremely welcoming and friendly, which is another great reason to visit to Lake Como.
Food at Lake Como
Oh wow – the food! By the time we got to Lake Como, we were starving. We had every intention of walking the whole length of the lake’s promenade in search of the most enticing menu, however we ended up in the first restaurant we saw! It was right there as we turned the corner for the first view of the lake. A waitress walked past with the biggest seafood platter I’ve ever seen and I had to have it!
Unfortunately, we couldn’t sit outside by the lake side, but we did get a cosy seat upstairs overlooking the lake. Obviously, my friend and I had to go for a bottle of fizzy prosecco and a seafood platter each. Some of the fish had actually been caught from the lake itself! It was divine – I 100% recommend. Also, my friend’s daughter had the cheese and tomato ravioli, which we, naturally, all had to have a taste of, and it was spectacular!
Find out more about places to visit in Milan and watch my video highlighting the mountain trip on the funicular! Also, check out the many stunning tours from Milan to Lake Como here. From full day trips to sunset cruises… Italian cooking experiences to mountain treks… You’re sure to find something you’ll love to do!