This is going to be a post about getting the train to Lake Como from Milan and what you can do there!
I loved Lake Como and it was one of the best things we did while in Milan. It is the most beautiful place and looks so idyllic. This post will only be about the Como end of Lake Como, as we didn’t get the chance to visit Lecco or any of the other areas along the lake.
Apparently this upscale resort it a hit with minor celebrities – who knew?
I struggled to find information about this for a while, so in the end, we went to the Cadorna station and just asked.
The easiest way is Cadorna station to Lago Como Nord. The tickets are €9.60 for a return and leave twice every hour.
Except for the hour we got there and we had to wait 56 minutes for the next train. (Go earlier than 11 am to learn from our lesson!)
The train takes about an hour but is air-conditioned and double-decker.
Once you get off the train, walk out the station and you are at the lake. We found it so beautiful and just wanted to walk around it.
Lake Como is long (50km), narrow and extremely deep. Lake Como has been popular as a resort since the days of the Roman Empire. Ever since people have admired the blue waters and relaxed in luxurious villas in the wooded lakeside slopes above or wondered around looking at the beauty.
Things to do
We only did a couple of things, I will start with what we did first, then suggest other things you can do and link some things to do guides.
Walk around the lake –
We walked almost two miles around the lake before the road changed direction and we struggled to stick to the water’s edge. It is so beautiful to just take in the views and we noticed lots of benches and parks to sit in.
The Funicular Railway
My boyfriend had never been on one of these before (there’s a few in Wales). Once you are at the top the views are INSANE!! There was a walk you could do to a viewpoint and it was amazing. You can see the Alps in the distance, over these beautiful hills.
It cost 5,50 euros for a return, but it was worth it. The views are beautiful.
This isn’t for everyone, but after a little couples spat at the top of the hill about my aching knees… we compromised when we saw the pedalos open and hired one. It was €10 euros for half an hour and we took full advantage of this. I had planned to write a whole post, but I’m not sure it would be super exciting.
We were in a little metal pedalo and we’re told to stay close. My boyfriend took that information and decided to pedal over a kilometre up the lake to see a boat we had seen earlier. Then tried to wind me up by clipping buoys. Mental note – I should not have left him in control. Instead, I took lots of pictures while pedalling, especially of the little red and yellow pedalo.
Things we didn’t do:
Take a Boat trip across the lake –
Cruises and boat trips are super popular across the lake and I am sad we didn’t see those first! I am joking, I loved a pedalo.
Visit lakeside towns –
We only saw Como, but the most famous to explore is Bellagio or Varenna which is famous for its pastel-coloured buildings.
Go to a Villa –
There are lots of villas that sit along the edges of the Lake. Most people try to visit Villa Melzi (Bellagio) which has a traditional English Garden. (Something I have seen a lot of over the years)
I really loved Lake Como, but after 5 hours in the scorching Italian Sun, I decided to head back. The sun had already got to my skin and it was now glowing! An important lesson – wear suncream and actually reapply it.
All in all, I loved our day trip to Lake Como. It was really fun and I see why it was a hit holiday destination in the 80s. It never once felt crowded or busy. We did only see the Como end of the lake, but I am assured the rest is also beautiful!
I recommend going either for a day trip or for a couple of days – there are enough things to do!
Until next time,
The Great Ambini
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