Lake Como, Italy

Hotel Villa Aurora

Lago di Como, Lake Como, My Home Away From Home

Since I have visited this lovely place three times now this year and almost moved here for the summer, I decided to create a page dedicated to the one place that feels like home other than my parents house, to the one place I keep returning to, to the one place where I can see myself living one day…

How to Get to Lake Como and Around

  • Trenitalia
    • Train from Malpensa, it takes about an hour to Como Nord Lago (with a transfer in Saronno, typically departing from platform 1 or 2 depending on time)
    • Train from Milano Centrale, the train ride can be as short as 31 mins direct to Como S. Giovanni. If coming from Milan Linate, there is a €5 bus that takes you to Milano Centrale.
  • Buses are very easy to use and run hourly along the inner arm from Como to Bellagio. To Lezzeno (the town just before Bellagio coming from Como), the bus ride is just under an hour. You can buy bus tickets on the bus but there is a €1.30 euro surcharge (total is about €4.60).

Lake Towns to Visit:

  • Bellagio – the pearl of the lake. You’ll often have to go through Bellagio to get to any of the other small towns in the center of the lake. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops. For shopping, check out Sarceno and if you’re looking for a chill wine bar, my friend and his family opened one called Angolo Divino. If you’re hungry, Barchetta has phenomenal food especially pizza.
  • Cadenabbia – this town is great for a hike, it’s about 1.5 hrs to San Martino church nestled in the cliff-side.
  • Como – this is the main town on Lake Como and just the beginning of your holiday. Shopping is best here as there are more options. It’s also a very charming town if you allow yourself to get lost.
  • Lecco – the other major town on the lake but located on the other leg. It’s also great for shopping and has many places for aperitifs with stunning dramtic cliff views.
  • Lenno – definitely visit Villa Balbianello, you can grab a water taxi from Lenno. Once you get back into town, you can also visit the Vanini Olive Oil Factory. It’s nothing major but awesome to go straight to the source of the best olive oil on the lake. Most restaurants will have this olive oil but they don’t sell it anywhere else in the world.
  • Lezzeno – this is my 2nd home. It’s a small town but I absolutely love it. Most visitors will stop here to wakeboard/waterski or to eat at Aurora which is a lakeside restaurant (note: you can also arrive by boat here). There are a few other places in town as well–you can hike to Rifugio Martina for their specialty polenta for lunch, Baita La Morena is great for groups but call in advance for a reservation (note, you will need to hike a little to get there but not as much as Rifugio), Ittiturismo da Abate which is great for seafood, and Crotto del Misto which is also known for their seafood.
  • Menagio – walk along the water for stunning views.
  • Varenna – hike to Castello di Vezio–there are two ways:one that starts on the left of town and another back road which is more of a trail hike that starts on the right side of town, left is easier–Villa Monestero, and lunch at Hotel Villa Cipressi
  • Tremezzo – Villa Carlotta and drinks at the famous Grand Tremezzo Hotel

What to Do:

  • Wakeboard/WaterSki: JRC Wakeboard
  • Go hiking – there are numerous paths all around the lake
  • Shopping: Wondering what to buy? Silk, Olive Oil (my favorite is the one from Lenno), Beauty Products from the Farmacia, and Leather (its better to buy leather in Florence, but there are some good finds in Como and Bellagio).
  • Villa Balbianello – there are ton of villas on the lake but this one is my favorite. You can catch a water taxi from Lenno.

My Home in Lezzeno: Hotel Villa Aurora