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How to Spend 3 Days in Lake Como

How to Spend 3 Days in Lake Como

With three days in Lake Como, there’s ample time to take in the historical, cultural, and scenic highlights of Italy’s 3rd-largest lake. Marvel at the steep cliffsides from a boat, sample local wines and culinary staples, and explore elegant lakeside towns and mountainsides. Here are our tips for getting the best from three days in Lake Como.

Day 1: Cruises and Sightseeing

While ferries are the chosen way to sightsee for many travelers, a full-day tour of Lake Como’s most scenic spots is a great way to get an overview of the area. Maximize your time with bus-and-boat tours that typically visit Bellagio, Como, or Varenna and include boat trips to the exquisite Villa d’Este or Villa Balbianello. Tours depart from Como or Varenna, and some incorporate lunch at a lakeside restaurant. Travelers interested in history and architecture might choose a walking, electric-bike, or Segway tour of Como—the lake’s main hub—to see sights including its cathedral and medieval walls, or explore cobbled Bellagio with a guide. In the evening, splurge on a sunset helicopter tour.

Day 2: Food and Wines

Lake Como is a food- and wine lovers’ paradise thanks to its freshwater fish, northern Italian specialities, and the wine-growing areas of its northern sections, so dedicate today to sampling it wares. Opt for a tour that immerses you in the local food culture—perhaps venturing to the southeastern lake to sample the artisanal prosciutto and cheeses of the area. Alternatively, book a cooking class with a local chef to master fresh pasta and other Lombard staples or a tour around Como town, stopping to sample cold cuts, olive oils, and other delicacies while viewing the sights. If you’re eager to try local wines, a small-group wine tour lets you visit a winery on the lake’s northern banks, so you taste a selection of varieties without having to worry about driving. 

Day 3: The Great Outdoors

From mountain roads to footpaths, Lake Como has plenty to offer outdoor types. Bike along the lake’s east and west shores; explore hidden sights and beaches on a kayaking tour; go hiking above the lake; or zoom into the mountains on the back of a motorbike, pausing at vantage points to absorb the panoramas. Tours leave from Como and Varenna and center on everything from the meandering paths through Spina Verde Park—offering bird’s-eye lake views en route—to former mule tracks that wind through mountainside olive groves and chestnut woods. End your stay with a romantic sunset cruise with dinner.

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Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour

Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour

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Capture the spirit of Lake Como on a walking tour of Bellagio and Varenna, two of the mid-lake region's most enchanting towns. Stop at a historic olive oil mill to taste one of the region's local specialties, accompanied by cured meats and wine. A Lake Como boat cruise takes you to visit Villa Melzi's lush gardens and the opulent Villa del Balbianello, including a traditional lunch at a lakefront restaurant.
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  • 7 hours
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$312.72
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Como Food Tour

Como Food Tour

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Enjoy a mouthwatering introduction to Italian cuisine on this food walking tour of Lake Como. Get the inside scoop on the town’s foodie scene from a local; sample regional delicacies including a tasting of olive oils and finish the tour with pasta at a charming restaurant. This small-group tour with a maximum of 15 people ensures a personalized experience.
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  • 3 hours
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$116.51
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Cooking Class on Lake Como

Cooking Class on Lake Como

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Indulge yourself in northern Italian deliciousness with this cooking class. Meet your professional chef in a charming, family-run restaurant near Varenna and learn how to make specialty dishes, sip wine, and then enjoy the tasty food you've just helped to prepare. All food and beverages are included.
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  • 4 hours
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Lake Como Kayak Tour from Bellagio

Lake Como Kayak Tour from Bellagio

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Kayak on Lake Como, and see the sights of one of Italy’s largest lakes with a guide. After starting from Bellagio, you’ll paddle along Pescallo Bay, passing the Rockefeller cliffs and the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni. Hear about the region and the lakeside sights from your guide as you go, and admire the plush villas that line the hills around Bellagio. A safety and training briefing is included at the start.
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  • 2 hours
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Bellagio Walking Tour, Villa Melzi & Lunch

Bellagio Walking Tour, Villa Melzi & Lunch

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Known as a picturesque lakeside town, Bellagio’s beauty is no secret. But explore it with a guide, and you’ll discover the little-known vantage points and sights that many visitors miss. On this tour, you’ll visit a sleepy fishing harbor where rare Larian gondola boats bob on the water, a park, and a botanical garden. Then, finish up with a gourmet lunch at a Michelin-listed local restaurant.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Small Group Hike from Como

Small Group Hike from Como

The best way to experience the incredible nature surrounding Como is on the ground that makes the region famous. Hike through chestnut woods, past panoramic viewpoints, and through rural villages on this small-group tour from Como, which is capped at 15 participants for a more personalized experience. This tour includes a boat ride for a taste of popular regional transport.
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  • 6 hours
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Cruise and Dinner on Lake Como from Varenna

Cruise and Dinner on Lake Como from Varenna

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Watch the sunset over Lake Como on a cruise from Varenna with dinner at a lakeside restaurant. Cruise past quiet bays and elegant villas with the backdrop of the Rhaetian Alps as the captain shares stories about Lake Como, see the first few stars appear above the lake, then return to shore for a four-course dinner and wine.
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  • 3 hours
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Lake Como Guided eBike and iPad Experience

Lake Como Guided eBike and iPad Experience

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Pedal around Lake Como without breaking a sweat on an e-bike, with a digital tour guide at your disposal. A 3-hour tour with a guide in six languages.
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  • 3 hours
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Como Segway Tour

Como Segway Tour

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Maximize time in Como with an efficient Segway tour. Follow a local guide to see top landmarks including Duomo Square, the medieval walls that surround Como, and the public gardens. Learn about local history, including artists, poets, and musicians that lived along the shores of Lake Como. See the elegant lakefront promenade and the town’s beautiful neoclassical villas.
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  • 3 hours
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Lake Como Motorbike - Motorcycle tour around Lake Como and the Alps

Lake Como Motorbike - Motorcycle tour around Lake Como and the Alps

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Zip around Lake Como on the back of a motorbike with this guided tour, personalized to your needs. Choose between a single day or several days and ride along lakefront roads and up into the Italian and Swiss Alps. Bike rentals (including Ducati and Moto Guzzi) plus all necessary equipment are provided. Follow a local to see an insider’s perspective on where to eat, drink, and swim around Lake Como.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Road Bike tour in Lake Como & Bellagio

Road Bike tour in Lake Como & Bellagio

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Get an uninterrupted panorama of stunning Lake Como on this small-group cycling tour. Ride along smooth, rolling roads, without the need to backtrack or cover any steep climbs, stopping to admire the water from multiple angles. Then, hop a boat and cruise across the lake with your bike, continuing your ride on the other side. Guided tours include door-to-door transfers from select hotels and a coffee break in Bellagio.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Small Group Hike from Varenna

Small Group Hike from Varenna

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Lake Como is a paradise for hikers, but visiting with a guide will ensure you take in all the best viewpoints. This half-day small-group hike from Varenna follows the Sentiero del Viandante trail through scenic woodlands, olive groves, and mountain paths, including spectacular views over Lake Como.
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  • 4 hours
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$157.25
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Private 2-hour Walking Tour of Como

Private 2-hour Walking Tour of Como

Discover the picturesque landscapes and beautiful landmarks of Como on this private 2-hour walking tour. Soak up the atmosphere in Piazza Cavour and Piazza Volta, marvel at the magnificent Duomo cathedral, stroll around the medieval city walls, and enjoy impressive views over Lake Como.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$237.94
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Discover history & nature of Lake Como

Discover history & nature of Lake Como

Hike the trails of Parco Spina Verde, and see a side of the Lake Como region that many tourists don’t get to see. With a nature-loving guide, you’ll discover the meandering trails around Como town, the lake and Monte Croce, and taste local food in a traditional baita, a chalet that’s typical in the north Italian mountains. The experience starts and ends in downtown Como, which is less than an hour by train from Milan Cadorna.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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