If you are planning to visit Como Lake I confess it immediately : Como since childhood is the city of my heart and I love his city.
Maybe it’s because my father was born in Como and this city is linked to many childhood memories or maybe because I love water and nature.
The fact is that every time I visit Como and I see the city which is mirrored in the waters of the lake and the mountains all around I’m feeling good! 🙂
I like the wind of the lake, the green of the surrounding mountains reflected in the blue waters and this sort of freedom that you can breathe all around.
I love to stop and eat an ice cream sitting outdoors in one of the cafes in front of the Cathedral and watching the wonderful view from the top of Brunate Hill. I like the walk along the lake and the boat ride, doing shopping in the narrow streets of the center and the crowded Saturday Market where you can buy everything with very good prices.
I’ve declared my love for Como and so I can try to give you some practical advice for a trip into town with you kids.
Information to plan a visit: things to do in Como Lake
How to reach Como Lake Italy
Como is a city in the North Part of Italy not far from Milan. You can reach Como by plane landing in Milan Linate Airport or Milan Malpensa Airport and then taking a train from Milano Central Station to Como Station. If you have time enought here you can find our tips to visit Milan with kids.
Como is not far from Switzerland and very well connected with Ticino by train, so you could stop some days in Como and than continue your holiday in the rest of Europe.
What to see in Como
There are many things to do in Como and many thing to see. You can start visiting the beautiful white marble “Duomo” (the Cathedral) and the Church of San Fedele. Then continue to the ancient city walls, stopping at the Archaeological Museum.
Enjoy a stroll along the lakeside Trento admiring the fantastic villas, visit the “Tempio di Volta” (Volta Temple) and if your kids are willing to have a little rest, stop by the playground close to the lake.
In a sunny day take one of the boats that sail along the lake and choose the tour of your choice! You’ll be spoiled for choice: Bellagio is very nice but also the Comacina Island – “Isola Comacina” – will be a fantastic stop.
What to taste in Como: real Italian food and Italian cuisine
You absolutely have to try the “Polenta Uncia” (cornmeal mush topped with cheese, melted butter, garlic and sage … very good and different from Taragna!).
An other typical dish is “Missoltini con Polenta” (a kind of fish dried and served with cornmeal mush ) and if you like eating fish try “Pesce in Carpione” (a marinated fish) and “Fritto Misto di Lago” a mixed fried of lake fishes.
Among the desserts we suggest you the “Miascia“, the “Resta” (a typical Easter cake), and the “Veneziana” (literally Venetian is very similar to Italian Panettone).
Things to do in Como Lake: a wonderful panoramic viewpoint
If you are travelling in Como with kids they’ll be happy to take the funiculat up to to Brunate Hill. In less than ten minutes you’ll be on top and, after taking a bit of photos, visit the Church of S. Andrea.This is one of the best panoramic viewpoint on Como lake.
If the weather permits and you are feeling energetic you could stop for something to eat in Brunate (there are a few restaurants that offer typical cuisine) and go down by walk. Otherwise take the funicular back and relax in one of the local lake.
Hotels with children on Como Lake
If you decide to organize a weekend on Como Lake we suggest you to visit also Bellagio and sleep there. In Bellagio we suggest you a B&B that rents also apartments: Il Vicolo located in “San Giovanni”. The B&B is in front of the lake: they rent rooms or apartments. We stayed in one of the apartment and it was lovely : well equipped, large and confortable. From the apartment you can reach Bellagio by walk (25 minutes) or by boat.