Destination guide

Stay in a high-end holiday home to rent in Lake Como

In Italy’s lake district, there is almost no better spot to visit on holiday than Lake Como. Balmy Mediterranean weather means that the Y-shaped lake is surrounded by green cypress and palm trees, and in the distance, you can see the snow-capped peaks of the Alps. The tranquil atmosphere around Lake Como has attracted visitors for centuries, from important figures in the Roman Empire to modern travellers in need of some rest and relaxation. Whether you want to spend time on the water, explore historic villages or sample world-class cuisine, visiting Lake Como is an excellent choice, particularly if you stay in one of the area’s best holiday homes to rent.

History

Experience Lake Como history near holiday accommodation

Lake Como is one of the world’s most interesting glacial lakes, thanks to the Y-shape that was formed more than 10,000 years ago. The lake came to prominence during the Roman Empire when a road was built on the western shore, allowing tradesman to enter Switzerland. Over the centuries, Lake Como has belonged to Milan, Spain, France and Austria at different points, but has always been a popular destination for those looking for holiday homes to rent. Around the shores of the lake, you’ll still find a variety of historic buildings, including opulent villas that add to this region’s elegant atmosphere.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Lake Como

Are you hoping to find things to do during your stay? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that makes Lake Como a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. Here are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Jungle Raider Park (2.2 mi / 3.5 km)
  • Menaggio and Cadenabbia Golf Club (4.2 mi / 6.7 km)
  • Menaggio Beach (4.6 mi / 7.4 km)
  • Argegno Cable Car to Pigra (5.1 mi / 8.3 km)
  • Pigra Cable Car (5.2 mi / 8.3 km)
  • Lanzo Golf Club (9.5 mi / 15.3 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural landscape of Lake Como

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to appreciate the scenery, Lake Como is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are a few of the area's most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Villa Melzi Gardens (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Villa Serbelloni (2.4 mi / 3.9 km)
  • La Punta Spartivento (2.6 mi / 4.3 km)
  • Menaggio Beach (4.6 mi / 7.4 km)
  • Nesso Waterfalls (5.1 mi / 8.2 km)
  • Argegno Beach (5.2 mi / 8.4 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Lake Como

The nearest airport is in Lugano (LUG-Agno), located 16.1 mi (25.9 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Bergamo (BGY-Orio Al Serio), which is 30.2 mi (48.5 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Lierna Station, Fiumelatte Station and Mandello del Lario Olcio Station are the main stations in the city. Utilise the area's public transport and catch a ride on the metro at Lecco Maggianico Station or Como Nord Lago Station to more easily navigate the city.

Restaurants and bars

The best restaurants near your holiday home in Lake Como

If you love fresh seafood and authentic Italian cuisine, there’s almost no better holiday destination than Lake Como. At any of the area’s top restaurants near holiday homes, you can sample a wide range of traditional dishes, from the risotto con filetti di pesce Persico made from fresh fish caught right in the lake to creamy polenta that is served as a side dish with most meals. If you’re a fan of juicy, flavourful meat, you’ll want to try the brasato di cinghiale selvatico, a traditional dish made from braised wild boar that is most commonly served in the autumn months. While on holiday in Lake Como, you can also sample a few traditional Italian liqueurs, such as the citrusy limoncello and the sweet sambuca.

Essential info

What you need to know about a holiday in Lake Como

One of the most important things to understand about visiting Lake Como is that there are a variety of towns and villages around the lake, all of which provide a different atmosphere. Como, for instance, is a modern city with more than 100,000 residents, making it a popular choice for travellers looking for a bit of fun and excitement. If you want a holiday in a quaint lakeside town, Bellagio is probably the best spot for you. The town is located where the 3 branches of the lake come together, meaning you can easily spend time on the water. First-time visitors need to know that it’s best to arrange travel around the area in advance to make visiting the top spots near holiday homes as easy as possible.

Good for couples

Best activities for couples near Lake Como holiday rentals

If you’re visiting Lake Como with your significant other, there are a number of romantic activities to choose from. For instance, you can easily spend a day exploring the area’s gorgeous villas, from the lush botanic gardens of the Villa Monastero to the classic Italian architecture of Villa Bernasconi. While staying in Como, you’ll have your choice of several nightlife options, including clubs where you can dance the night away, and a romantic dinner is always on offer, thanks to the numerous fine restaurants found near holiday accommodation.

Where to stay near Lake Como?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,772 holiday rentals near Lake Como. From 732 Houses to 449 Villas, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Lake Como for a long holiday or a weekend break is on Stayz.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Como?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Lake Como. From Stayz travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Milan: 2,540 holiday rentals
  • Bellagio: 2,698 holiday rentals
  • Varenna: 2,530 holiday rentals
  • Como: 1,071 holiday rentals
  • Switzerland: 11,904 holiday rentals

Stayz offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Como! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Como?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Lake Como with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Milan: 2,540 holiday homes
  • Bellagio: 2,698 holiday homes
  • Varenna: 2,530 holiday homes
  • Como: 1,071 holiday homes
  • Menaggio: 2,821 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Lake Como?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in Lake Como are:

  • Como (QCM-Como Seaplane Base): 2,806 holiday houses
  • Lugano Airport (LUG): 1,009 holiday houses
  • Bergamo Orio Al Serio Airport (BGY): 647 holiday houses

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lake Como?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Lake Como. From Stayz travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Milan Central Station: 2,586 holiday rentals
  • Locarno (ZJI-Locarno Train Station): 1,077 holiday rentals
  • Villa Carlotta: 3,772 holiday rentals
  • Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea: 2,551 holiday rentals
  • San Raffaele Hospital: 2,591 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Como listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.

Explore destinations around Lake Como

Milan
2,540 holiday rentals
Bellagio
2,698 holiday rentals
Varenna
2,530 holiday rentals
Como
1,071 holiday rentals
Menaggio
2,821 holiday rentals
Tremezzo
2,464 holiday rentals
Griante
2,446 holiday rentals
Perledo
2,681 holiday rentals
Pianello del Lario
2,427 holiday rentals
Lugano
471 holiday rentals
Lenno
2,365 holiday rentals
Lezzeno
2,619 holiday rentals
Argegno
2,324 holiday rentals
Besana In Brianza
165 holiday rentals
Pognana Lario
1,802 holiday rentals
Cadenabbia
2,322 holiday rentals
Fiumelatte
2,191 holiday rentals
Vercana
1,377 holiday rentals
Biosio
2,483 holiday rentals
Varese
806 holiday rentals