A 2-Day Trip to Beautiful Lake Como, Italy



Jul 10, 2023








Are you planning a trip to Lake Como in Italy? Here, I'll share some useful insights and recommendations based on my recent visit with my husband. We explored Lake Como by car, passing through Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. Keep in mind that there are some metered tolls on the roads in Italy, and you should be cautious as there are many speed trap cameras on the roads. To drive in Italy, you need to be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver's license. Tourists from the EU or those with an International Driving Permit (IDP) can use their licenses in Italy. Also, be prepared for narrow streets, and consider purchasing insurance for your rental car. In Lake Como, parking can either be free or require a fee, ranging from 0.50 to 5 Euros per hour. We used the EasyPark app, and it was simple to use. We didn't have to rush back to the parking meter to add more time when we exceeded the limit. With the app, extending our parking time and making payments with a card was straightforward.

Where to Eat:

For authentic Italian food and pastries, I recommend these great places:

  1. Pizzium Como in Como city. No need to book in advance.

  2. Bar Impero, a cozy café with a view of Lake Como, located in Menaggio. No reservation required.

  3. Bar Pizzeria La Torre S. Martino, where you can try a unique pizza with apple toppings. No reservation is needed.

Places to Visit:

I highly recommend traveling to Lake Como by car or renting one once you're there. We stayed in Como city, which made it convenient to explore nearby towns like Menaggio and Bellagio. Varenna is another charming town to visit, but two days might not be enough to cover all the beautiful spots around Lake Como. If possible, plan a longer stay to fully enjoy this stunning place. Visiting Lake Como in April to June is ideal for experiencing the magical wisteria blooming season. The wisteria flowers in Menaggio, particularly near Grand Hotel Cadenabbia, are a sight to behold.

Lake Como is known for its beautiful lake and charming towns, but it also offers some lovely small parks where you can enjoy nature and relax. These parks provide a peaceful getaway from the busy tourist areas. Here are a few small parks in Lake Como that you might want to visit:

  1. Villa Carlotta Gardens: Found in Tremezzo, these gardens are part of the Villa Carlotta estate. They feature a wide variety of plants, including colorful flowers. You can take a leisurely walk here and enjoy the lovely views of Lake Como.

  2. Villa Melzi Gardens: Located in Bellagio, these gardens are a hidden gem. They are well-maintained and offer a serene setting with lush greenery, sculptures, and beautiful lake views. It's a great place for a relaxing walk.

  3. Villa Monastero Gardens: In Varenna, the gardens of Villa Monastero are known for their diverse collection of plants, including some rare species. It's a peaceful place to explore, surrounded by the lake and mountains.

  4. San Martino Park: This small park is in Menaggio and provides a pleasant space to take a break. You can sit on the benches, enjoy the green surroundings, and have a view of Lake Como.

  5. Tremezzo Park: Near the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, this park offers a lakeside spot for a gentle walk or a picnic. It's a nice place to relax, surrounded by flowers and a calm atmosphere.

  6. Lakeside Promenades: While not traditional parks, the promenades along the lakeside in various towns along Lake Como provide a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. You can take a leisurely walk, admire the stunning lake views, and find a quiet spot to unwind.

These small parks are peaceful places where you can connect with nature and appreciate the natural beauty of Lake Como. Whether you're seeking a quiet retreat or a spot for a gentle stroll, these parks offer a pleasant escape.

Near the park, you'll find Porto Di Cadenabbia, where you can catch a ferry to explore different parts of Lake Como. While strolling in this area, take a moment to explore the quaint narrow streets and cozy restaurants. The photos were taken on a charming narrow street between the Red & White Wine Bar and Farmacia Arosio in Tremezzo town.

If you plan to visit Bellagio, I suggest going early in the morning to avoid the crowds. There is parking available on Via Lungo Lario Marconi street, just behind Giardini di Villa Melzi. In May 2023, there was a place near the entrance of Giardini di Villa Melzi where you could rent a boat and enjoy Lake Como's beauty. Even if you're not an experienced boat driver, it's easy to learn, and you can trust yourself. Just remember to give priority to the ferries and water taxis.

While boating, don't forget to capture pictures of yourself and the charming towns of Lake Como. The photos I took showcase Varenna, Bonzanigo, and Villa del Bilbianello, which I'll describe in more detail.

Another must-visit spot is Giardini di Villa Melzi in Bellagio. Check their entrance fee and other information on their website. Keep in mind that November 1st is the last day to visit these beautiful gardens, and the ticket prices are quite affordable.

Here, you can find a famous spot for taking pictures, explore the villa's history and architecture, and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Be cautious while walking, as you may encounter small animals, and there's also a little lake with a bridge.

Lastly, embrace the natural beauty of Lake Como while strolling through the streets of Bellagio. Whether the weather is sunny or rainy, it adds charm to the area. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the souvenir street and find a lovely spot for breakfast or lunch. Keep in mind that this street can get crowded quickly, so arriving early is a wise choice.

Lake Como is a magical destination, and this 2-day itinerary offers just a glimpse of its beauty. Follow me on Instagram for more travel inspiration from around the world. Enjoy your visit to Lake Como! If you plan to visit Lake Como, I'd love to see your experiences! Feel free to tag me on Instagram at @backpackroaming when you share your Lake Como adventures. I can't wait to see your amazing moments by the lake!

With Love,

Alina @backpackroaming

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