If Lake Como is the heart of Italian romance and mystery, then Como is the administrative capital of the Province. A substantial city and a very popular tourist haunt, Como is a cultural and historic hub with many great museums, lovely churches, galleries and works of art.
A privileged location close to the Alps and Lake Como itself heightens the popularity of Como holidays. Situated at the southern tip of the lake on the south western flank, the physical surrounds are beautiful and lend to outdoor pursuits where walking, hiking, sailing, sightseeing and even shopping are fun pastimes.
Architecturally impressive, Como Cathedral or Duomo is a focal point where construction actually started as early as 1396, the facade was built in 1457 and the whole eventually finished in 1740. Other interesting city sights are the Broletto, the medieval Town Hall, the Teatro Sociale and Casa del Fascio from the 20th century. The famous neoclassical Villa Olmo housed Napoleon and Giuseppe Garibaldi and other eminent figures at various times. Como also has delightful public gardens.
Some of Como's claim to fame is being the birthplace of the early literary figures of Pliny the Elder and Younger and Pope Innocent XI. These days, you are more likely to catch a glimpse of George Clooney - sipping a Nespresso, perhaps? Indeed the Lake has been the location of such iconic films as Casino Royale and Star Wars Episode 11. In fact,the locals like to mention their bond with Bond quite frequently!
Como holidays offer huge diversity. History buffs, culture vultures, art lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and lovers of simple, natural beauty will be in their own little heaven here.
There are no direct flights to Como but Aer Lingus operates daily flights to Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa which are both just a short drive away. we offer a selection of hotels in Como.