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Lake Como Hotels & Holidays

About Lake Como

Lake Como, the third largest of the north Italian Lakes and the deepest in Europe, has rugged beauty, soaring mountain peaks, gentle foothills and lakeside towns that have attracted scores of composers, artists and poets from Verdi and Liszt to Shelley and Byron. We offer a range of elegant Lake Como hotels ranging from three star to five star.

The busiest village of the lake, Bellagio is known as 'The Pearl of Lake Lario' and is a place with narrow cobbled stairways full of shops and delights. In addition to the lovely views, coffee shops and eateries, there are a number of churches, villas and parks to visit; Villa Serbelloni, Villa Melzi, the 12th century basilica of San Giacomo, and the Romanesque churches of San Giorgio and San Martino.

The village of Cadenabbia is situated on a wide plateau overlooking the lake on the western shore, about 50 metres above lake level. It faces the peninsula of Bellagio with the Grigna and Grignetta mountains in the background and hugs the road from the city of Como at the south of Lake towards Switzerland situated just north of the Lake. For a long time Cadenabbia has been a favoured place of the British and a large community live here.

The village is based around a little horseshoe bay looking across to the village of Bellagio. It has a lovely promenade dotted with restaurants and cafés where you can stop for refreshment whilst admiring the stunning views. Not far from the village you will find Azzano, where Benito Mussolini and his mistress Claretta Petacci were shot dead in 1945.
Lenno has a fabulous market on a Tuesday morning, probably the best on the lake, selling local produce as well as souvenirs leather and clothes. There is also an unspoilt pebble beach for swimming and an artificial sandy beach at Lido di Lenno.

A bustling village with a charming little square and a nice lakefront promenade. The square has many gelaterias, shops and cafés where there is a good chance you could spot George Clooney drinking coffee, as he owns one of the many luxurious villas close by.

Located on the western shores of Lake Como, this town is in the area of Colonno/ Griante/ Cadenabbia and the island of Comacina, and has a particularly mild climate. The area is known as the Azalea Riviera because it has so many Azaleas and Rhododendrons, Camelias and Magnolias and Tremezzo is where you can find the famed Villa Carlotta with it's beautiful gardens and grounds.

Varenna is a characteristic little village set on a promontory at the foot of the magnificent Esino Valley on the eastern shores of Lake Como. In 1169, the inhabitants of the Isola Comacina sought refuge in Varenna, bringing with them their trade and architectural traditions and giving the place a new name: Insula Nova.
The Vezio Castle, attributed to Queen Theolinda stands above Varenna and can be reached on foot, passing the hamlets of Perledo and Esino Lario. This castle is the most interesting fortress on the lake, with an embattled tower surrounded by walls and open towers probably dating back to the 1300s.

Multi Centre Holidays

Experience the best of both worlds and combine your Lake Como holiday with another Italian destination. Citalia offer a fantastic range of multi centre holidays, perfect for taking in all that Italy has to offer.

The Highlights

  • Villa Carlotta (Tremezzo)
  • Villa Del Balbianello (Lenno)
  • Piazza Garibaldi (Menaggio)
  • Piazza dell Chiesa (Bellagio)
  • Piazza San Giorgio (Varenna)


Please note excursions operate seasonally.

Villa Balbianello: This trip by private boat will show you one of the loveliest villas and gardens on Lake Como. Villa Balbianello on the tip of the Lavedo promontory, is perhaps in the most spectacular spot on the lake. It was built at the end of the 18th century and today belongs to F.A.I. the Italian equivalent of the National Trust. Visit the beautiful and exquisitely furnished interiors and the great collection of pre-Columbian objects, Chinese porcelain and terracottas, reverse-glass paintings, tapestries and carpets that belonged to its last owner, Count Guido Monzino, a keen explorer renowned for climbing Mount Everest in 1973.

Operates Sundays
Departure: From 14:45
Duration: Half Day
From: £31.00

St. Moritz and the Bernina Express : This excursion takes you along the northern part of the lake to the town of Tirano where we stop for coffee before proceeding into Switzerland and reach Poschiavo. Part of this excursion is done with the well-known panoramic Bernina Express train. We take the train in Poschiavo (Switzerland) and continue to Diavolezza (Switzerland), doing one of the nicest section of the Bernina Express Railway. We will see the White Lake and the Black Lake and plenty of breathtaking glaciers. Then, by bus, reach St. Moritz. The famous Swiss holiday and ski resort is on the southern side of the Alps in the Engadine Valley with its numerous crystal clear mountain lakes. On our return we stop in Chiavenna and have some free time before returning to Lake Como. Passport required.

Operates Mondays
Departure: From 07:25
Duration: Full Day
From: £44.00

Milan: Your guided tour will start from the Castle of the Dukes of Milan, which is said to be the Greatest Renaissance monument in the city. Afterwards you will admire the historic centre with its highlights, first of all the Scala Opera house, one of the most famous theatres in the world.

Operates Tuesdays
Departure: From 08:15
Duration: Full Day
From: £41.00

The fabulous Villas of Lake Como & Comacina Island : An idyllic cruise, with a full commentary, viewing the glorious villas of Lake Como, including the Villa Balbianello whose gardens and sensuous beauty were used for the James Bond film 'Casino Royale' and the Villa Cassinella, one of the most prestigious private villas of the lake.

The tour will also include the Villa Oleandra and Villa Margherita which belong to George Clooney, Villa Fontanelle at Moltrasio, which was the residence of Gianni Versace, the Villa D'Este, voted the world's best hotel in 2009 and many others.
On the way back we will stop on the Comacina Island famous for its dramatic history and legends, where you will have some time at leisure for exploring its unique charms or perhaps to take an aperitivo at the Kiosk (In the event of bad weather instead of stopping on Comacina Island you will be able to enjoy an aperitif on the panoramic fourth-floor terrace of the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia).

Operates Wednesdays (May to September)
Departure: From 09:45
Duration: Half Day
From: £33.00

Bergamo: (Departs from Menaggio and from Varenna landing stage - one way ferry ticket not included - return by coach Lenno/Tremezzo/Cadenabbia/Menaggio at about 18:00)

Bergamo is one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in Northern Italy, dating back to the Middle Ages. It is known as the mini Florence of the north. We depart from Varenna, travelling along the south eastern coastline of Lake Como, via Lecco, the town of Alessandro Manzoni's 'The Betrothed'. We proceed to Bergamo and the Città Alta (the Upper town) surrounded by its medieval Venetian walls where we meet our city Guide for a walking tour, visiting enchanting churches, palaces and squares. After the guided tour, free time to take a stroll along the characteristic cobbled lanes full of little arts and crafts shops, bars and restaurants.

Operates Thursdays
Departure: 09:00 from Grand Hotel Mennagio
10:00 from Varenna ferry landing stage

Duration: Full Day
From: £42.00

Lake Orta & Stresa : This full day tour by coach starts with a drive to Lake Orta, where we will have time for a stroll around the village. Then continue on to the elegant town of Stresa, situated on Lake Maggiore. You will take the boat to Isola Bella where you will have free time for a short visit, back by boat to Stresa where you will have time at leisure to visit the town.

Operates Fridays
Departure: From 08:00
Duration: Full Day
From: £46.00

Morcote & Lugano with boat tour included : Departure by bus to the village of Morcote, with its small alleys, arcades and characteristic Patrician homes, valuable architectural monuments and its natural beauty. Morcote is considered 'the Pearl of Ceresio'. At about 12:00 take the boat from Morcote to Lugano admiring the beautiful view of the lake from the lake. The boat tour takes about 45 minutes before reaching Lugano one of the finest and more elegant towns in Switzerland. Visit the wonderful Via Nassa and the square of Riforma with their elegant buildings and their exclusive shops, or pay a visit to the municipal park Ciani. Then visit to church of Santa Maria degli Angeli. After some time at leisure back hotel by bus. Passport required.

Operates Fridays (May to September)
Departure: From 09:10
Duration: Full Day
From: £38.00

Important Information:

The advertised program of events is dependent upon achieving a minimum number of participants and, therefore, some events may not always be available due to insufficient demand or, in some cases, adverse weather conditions

Hotels in Lake Como

Hotel Belvedere, Lake Como
Hotel Belvedere , Lake Como
Rating: 3
The Hotel Belvedere, run by the Martinelli Manoni family, has been a popular hotel with Citalia...
Hotel Du Lac, Lake Como
Hotel Du Lac , Lake Como
Rating: 3
A Citalia favourite for over 40 years, the Hotel Du Lac is situated in a small piazza of Bellagio...
Grand Hotel Cadenabbia, Lake Como
Grand Hotel Cadenabbia , Lake Como
Rating: 4
Dating back to 1820, the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia is the sister hotel to the Grand Hotel Menaggio,...
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como
Grand Hotel Tremezzo , Lake Como
Rating: 5
Enjoying some of the most magnificent lake views, the luxurious Grand Hotel Tremezzo's position on...
Grand Hotel Menaggio, Lake Como
Grand Hotel Menaggio , Lake Como
Rating: 4
Grand Hotel Menaggio's fine public rooms overlook one of Italy's most picturesque lakes framed by a...
Grand Hotel Victoria, Lake Como
Grand Hotel Victoria , Lake Como
Rating: 4
The Grand Hotel Victoria is wonderfully positioned amidst its own gardens, separated from the...
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Lake Como
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni , Lake Como
Rating: 5
The five star deluxe Belle Époque Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni enjoys an enchanting setting below...
Hotel Lenno, Lake Como
Hotel Lenno , Lake Como
Rating: 4
The peaceful little town of Lenno is an excellent choice for exploring Lake Como, with its own...
Hotel Royal Victoria, Lake Como
Hotel Royal Victoria , Lake Como
Rating: 4
Embracing a traditional Italian style, the centrally located Hotel Royal Victoria has been...
Hotel Villa D'Este, Lake Como
Hotel Villa D'Este , Lake Como
Rating: 5
The five star deluxe Villa d'Este embodies the ultimate in lakeside luxury and is a member of the...