Lake Como is Italy’s gem. Attracting millions of tourists as well as the world’s rich and famous for its views, activities and hiking, there’s little wonder why it’s such a popular destination. You can find lots of vacation houses in lake como from those sitting along the shore to quaint towns hidden in the hills. Here are seven suggestions on how you can have an unforgettable trip to Lake Como.
1. Know Where to Stay
Apart from the main town of Como, you’ll find lots of other smaller towns and villages along the shore or in the mountains. Most of the lake’s accommodation can be foundin Como itself. But if you’re looking to get further away and have a more rural experience, it’s possible to find guesthouses and homestays further afield. Search online and try to find the most suitable spots for you to take your vacation.
2. You Can’t Swim Everywhere
One of the first things that catch tourists off-guard when they first arrive at Lake Como is the lack of spots to go swimming. With such a beautiful and clean body of water, it almost seems a shame not to go for a quick dip on a hot day. But you won’t be allowed to dive bomb in anywhere you want. There are only a few places that are suitable for swimming. Most of the others will feel more like you’re in a small pond with debris from the wildlife. If you have your heart set on going for a dip, either ask your hotel to recommend the best place or search online. Don’t just dive in or you’ll be fighting for space with ducks!
3. Don’t Rely Completely on Your Car
Most tourists will rent a car to give them the flexibility to explore Lake Como at their own pace and leisure. But having a car isn’t always the best option. Most of the towns surrounding the lake have strict policies that curb driving the pedestrianised centres. This means you’ll have to find a place to park, which often comes with high parking fees. Instead, it might be better to explore Lake Como by using a combination of the bus and ferries. Nothing can be more beautiful from seeing the lake from the ferry as you cross from one side to the next.
4. But Be Aware of Schedules
Sadly, the schedules of buses and ferries vary. You should always be aware of what time the ferry leaves and how long it takes to get to your destination. If you’re planning to travel to the other side of the lake, you need to get back. Sometimes they only depart every hour or so with reduced service in the winter. You don’t want to find that you just missed the ferry and be forced to wait for the next one to arrive. As soon as you get off, take note of what time you’ll be coming back.
5. Expect to Spend, Spend and Spend Some More
You probably already know that Lake Como will be expensive. But it’s still worth pointing out that it will probably cost much more than you think. Apart from accommodation costs, eating out and exploring the scenic surroundings will quickly add up especially when you’re travelling with a family. But don’t despair.Instead take it as an opportunity to splurge; this way you really will have that once in a lifetime experience. Few people return from Lake Como and complain that they didn’t feel it was worth the money. And neither will you. If you’re willing to spend a little bit more, you can have lots of experiences like cruising on the lake or chartering a yacht.
6. Como Isn’t Central, Stay Somewhere Else to Explore the Lake
Contrary to what most people think, Como isn’t in the heart of the lake. Instead, it sits at the southern point and requires a boat trip to get to other parts. If you want to get a taste for what the lake is like, head to Como and spend the day or have an overnight stay. But if you’re going to explore more of the towns and villages including Menaggio, Varenna and Bellagio, you’re best bet is to find a place further north towards the centre. Como town makes an excellent place to stop off or for a night, but it’s not an ideal location to explore Lake Como.
7. Plan for Bad Weather
While Lake Como is said to have some of the best weather in Italy, it’s not always sunny and pleasant. And when it does start to rain, there isn’t really much you can do around the lake apart from take shelter. The best way to protect against this is to come up with some kind of a plan on what you can do if it does start to rain. Do you want to head to the restaurant and grab a bite to eat or is there anywhere specific you want to go? You can’t control the weather and so it’s best to have a plan B, just in case.
How to Have an Unforgettable Trip to Lake Como
It doesn’t matter who you are or what your interestsare, Lake Como will make the perfect spot for a vacation. If you follow these tips, you’re almost sure to have an unforgettable trip. Remember to enjoy the ferries, know where you want to visit and not to use Como to explore the rest of the lake. And have an alternative plan for a rainy day too!