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"For something a little different, head to this congenial, easy-going spot near Como's waterfront. Famed far and wide for bountiful, creatively topped salads, La Vita also serves up good pastas, grilled meats and seafood, and a fine paella. The small space (and glassed-in terrace in front) fills up nightly, so it's best to reserve a table in advance.
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La vita è bella
4 Piazza Domenico Croggi
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"For something a little different, head to this congenial, easy-going spot near Como's waterfront. Famed far and wide for bountiful, creatively topped salads, La Vita also serves up good pastas, grilled meats and seafood, and a fine paella. The small space (and glassed-in terrace in front) fills up nightly, so it's best to reserve a table in advance.
One of the 7 dishes to try in Como: Risotto con Filetti di Pesce Persico (Perch With Risotto). As visitors partake in any dish featuring Lake Como perch, they can enjoy with relatively clear consciences. Nutritionists have found Lake Como perch to be low in fats and rich in noble proteins and omega-3 fatty acids. This is another example of a dish made great in part because of a bounty of fresh local ingredients. It's sometimes served on pasta dough with butternut, sage, parmesan, and a hint of wine. Ristorante Sociale is located in the center of the town, near the streets most popular with shoppers. The building dates back to 1813​ but was restored in 2008. Proprietors say their formula for success is "in the simplicity and the quality of the items." Reservations recommended.
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Ristorante Sociale
6 Via Rodari
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One of the 7 dishes to try in Como: Risotto con Filetti di Pesce Persico (Perch With Risotto). As visitors partake in any dish featuring Lake Como perch, they can enjoy with relatively clear consciences. Nutritionists have found Lake Como perch to be low in fats and rich in noble proteins and omega-3 fatty acids. This is another example of a dish made great in part because of a bounty of fresh local ingredients. It's sometimes served on pasta dough with butternut, sage, parmesan, and a hint of wine. Ristorante Sociale is located in the center of the town, near the streets most popular with shoppers. The building dates back to 1813​ but was restored in 2008. Proprietors say their formula for success is "in the simplicity and the quality of the items." Reservations recommended.
To try: Brasato di Cinghiale Selvatico (Braised Wild Boar). Hikers who venture into the wooded hills surrounding Lake Como are warned to keep watch for wild boars. Diners also look for boar that is served braised or in a stew. Wild boar is a favorite in autumn, but it appears on menus in other seasons. Often it is marinated in wine and served with fresh local vegetables. Trattoria Baita Belvedere in Bellagio serves wild boar in a variety of styles, including as a stew. You'll also enjoy panoramic views of Bellagio and the lake.
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Trattoria Baita Belvedere
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To try: Brasato di Cinghiale Selvatico (Braised Wild Boar). Hikers who venture into the wooded hills surrounding Lake Como are warned to keep watch for wild boars. Diners also look for boar that is served braised or in a stew. Wild boar is a favorite in autumn, but it appears on menus in other seasons. Often it is marinated in wine and served with fresh local vegetables. Trattoria Baita Belvedere in Bellagio serves wild boar in a variety of styles, including as a stew. You'll also enjoy panoramic views of Bellagio and the lake.
This is the place where to try Polenta which is a popular menu choice, mainly as a side dish or entree ingredient. Often it's made from cornmeal, and served a variety of ways. Some servings are creamy and hot, with the consistency you'd find in American grits or porridge. Sometimes, polenta is cooled, sliced like bread and then baked or fried. This depends on the country of origin in which the polenta is being made. Trattoria del Bracconieri is a bistro that prides itself on serving most of the traditional Lake Como favorites. Polenta here is a staple alongside wild boar in red wine, braised Scottish Angus beef with cheese or porcini mushrooms.
Trattoria Dei Bracconieri Brunate
1 Via Roma
This is the place where to try Polenta which is a popular menu choice, mainly as a side dish or entree ingredient. Often it's made from cornmeal, and served a variety of ways. Some servings are creamy and hot, with the consistency you'd find in American grits or porridge. Sometimes, polenta is cooled, sliced like bread and then baked or fried. This depends on the country of origin in which the polenta is being made. Trattoria del Bracconieri is a bistro that prides itself on serving most of the traditional Lake Como favorites. Polenta here is a staple alongside wild boar in red wine, braised Scottish Angus beef with cheese or porcini mushrooms.
Famous for its Busecca or foiolo which is a variation on a common dish in Lombardy called trippa, or what Americans would call tripe. Peasants cooked it for generations, and it became a traditional part of Christmas night dinner celebrations in some towns. Foiolo represents the leanest tripe available. Some visitors will not be impressed that this is the featured section of a cow's stomach, but it is a part of the local cuisine. It's an appetizer for the adventurous, and unlike some other choices, the flavor usually is fairly neutral. In Motrasio, the Hotel Posta's La Veranda Restaurant offers busecca on seasonal menus.
Hotel Posta Moltrasio
5 Piazza San Rocco
Famous for its Busecca or foiolo which is a variation on a common dish in Lombardy called trippa, or what Americans would call tripe. Peasants cooked it for generations, and it became a traditional part of Christmas night dinner celebrations in some towns. Foiolo represents the leanest tripe available. Some visitors will not be impressed that this is the featured section of a cow's stomach, but it is a part of the local cuisine. It's an appetizer for the adventurous, and unlike some other choices, the flavor usually is fairly neutral. In Motrasio, the Hotel Posta's La Veranda Restaurant offers busecca on seasonal menus.
To try the Missoltino: Sun-dried lake shad have been served for generations in this region. Shad are members of the sardine family, and they school in abundance in Lake Como. Fishermen salt them for several days, then hang the shad to dry. In Italian, the menu item is missoltino. The process is far more involved than most guests imagine. Great pains are taken to ensure just the right amount of salt is used, and that the aging process unfolds correctly. Missoltino can be served with bread as an appetizer. Hotel Metropole Suisse offers missoltino on its spring/summer menu.
Hotel Metropole Suisse
19 Piazza Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour
To try the Missoltino: Sun-dried lake shad have been served for generations in this region. Shad are members of the sardine family, and they school in abundance in Lake Como. Fishermen salt them for several days, then hang the shad to dry. In Italian, the menu item is missoltino. The process is far more involved than most guests imagine. Great pains are taken to ensure just the right amount of salt is used, and that the aging process unfolds correctly. Missoltino can be served with bread as an appetizer. Hotel Metropole Suisse offers missoltino on its spring/summer menu.
Order fragole con gelato and receive sliced strawberries atop a serving of fine Italian ice cream. If looking for a fancier dessert, some might find this selection dull. Attraction increases when one considers that, at certain times of the year, strawberries are fresh. Italy is, in fact, the world's fourth-largest exporter of strawberries. Baba Yaga Steakhouse & Pizza, Via Eugenio Vitali 8 in Bellagio, sits in the historic center of the town. The atmosphere is casual enough to be welcoming for a variety of visitors.
Via Eugenio Vitali, 8
8 Via Eugenio Vitali
Order fragole con gelato and receive sliced strawberries atop a serving of fine Italian ice cream. If looking for a fancier dessert, some might find this selection dull. Attraction increases when one considers that, at certain times of the year, strawberries are fresh. Italy is, in fact, the world's fourth-largest exporter of strawberries. Baba Yaga Steakhouse & Pizza, Via Eugenio Vitali 8 in Bellagio, sits in the historic center of the town. The atmosphere is casual enough to be welcoming for a variety of visitors.
While exploring Como, you may want to relax in a quiet café and enjoy a fine coffee and a snack or a light bite. Cafe Mazzini is one such establishment and is located in the Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini near the harbour of Como. This café has a great selection of Italian dishes and light snacks together with a range of mouth-watering desserts and drinks. In the evening if you visit this café you can also taste a range of delicious cocktails and they sometimes have a happy hour too
Caffe' Mazzini
13 Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini
While exploring Como, you may want to relax in a quiet café and enjoy a fine coffee and a snack or a light bite. Cafe Mazzini is one such establishment and is located in the Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini near the harbour of Como. This café has a great selection of Italian dishes and light snacks together with a range of mouth-watering desserts and drinks. In the evening if you visit this café you can also taste a range of delicious cocktails and they sometimes have a happy hour too
Sightseeing
Near the cathedral, two adjoining palaces house the museums of archaeology and history. The Museo Archeologico is filled with an exceptional collection of Neolithic and Roman artifacts unearthed in local excavations, offering glimpses into the lives of the earliest human inhabitants and the Romans who later settled here. The Museo Storico Giuseppe Garibaldi features the decisive battle of the Risorgiamento (when Italy gained liberation from Austria) that took place in the hills overlooking Como. The former palazzo includes furnished period rooms and exhibits showing local traditions and history. Especially fine and well-displayed is the collection of handmade lace.
Civic Museum of the Risorgimento
1 Piazza Medaglie D'Oro
Near the cathedral, two adjoining palaces house the museums of archaeology and history. The Museo Archeologico is filled with an exceptional collection of Neolithic and Roman artifacts unearthed in local excavations, offering glimpses into the lives of the earliest human inhabitants and the Romans who later settled here. The Museo Storico Giuseppe Garibaldi features the decisive battle of the Risorgiamento (when Italy gained liberation from Austria) that took place in the hills overlooking Como. The former palazzo includes furnished period rooms and exhibits showing local traditions and history. Especially fine and well-displayed is the collection of handmade lace.
The cathedral in Como is undoubtedly the most impressive building in the city and is renowned for its beautiful architecture. This church is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and was constructed in the 14th century. It features a Gothic design and was not wholly completed until the 18th century. The front façade features a plethora of ornate stone work, stone statues and is topped with a series of small decorative towers. The interior is lavishly decorated and one of the main features is the central dome – this is covered with gold artwork and some simply beautiful decoration. Furthermore, the interior is vast and the various arches, columns and naves are all striking. When visiting Como, a visit must be given to this magnificent structure.
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Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta-Duomo di Como
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The cathedral in Como is undoubtedly the most impressive building in the city and is renowned for its beautiful architecture. This church is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and was constructed in the 14th century. It features a Gothic design and was not wholly completed until the 18th century. The front façade features a plethora of ornate stone work, stone statues and is topped with a series of small decorative towers. The interior is lavishly decorated and one of the main features is the central dome – this is covered with gold artwork and some simply beautiful decoration. Furthermore, the interior is vast and the various arches, columns and naves are all striking. When visiting Como, a visit must be given to this magnificent structure.
This fine museum is also housed within a former palace and is also located on the Piazza Medaglie where the Archaeological Museum is situated. The historical museum of Giuseppe Garibaldi has a series of lavishly decorated rooms that have been restored to show traditional living from various eras in Italy. Furthermore the museum contains a plethora of artefacts such as furniture, lace and clothing from Como and the surrounding region. This collection and restored rooms are simply fantastic and together with the Archaeological Museum paint a fine picture of Como.
Civic Museum of the Risorgimento
1 Piazza Medaglie D'Oro
This fine museum is also housed within a former palace and is also located on the Piazza Medaglie where the Archaeological Museum is situated. The historical museum of Giuseppe Garibaldi has a series of lavishly decorated rooms that have been restored to show traditional living from various eras in Italy. Furthermore the museum contains a plethora of artefacts such as furniture, lace and clothing from Como and the surrounding region. This collection and restored rooms are simply fantastic and together with the Archaeological Museum paint a fine picture of Como.
The Basilica of Saint Addondio is located a little out of the city centre, but it is a majestic church that is worthy of a visit. The original church was created in the 11th century and the current Romanesque church was created over it by the Benedictines. The front of the church is quite plain and features simple stonework and a huge main doorway. Alternatively, the interior features a set of huge stone columns and an ornately decorated main altar. The altar has a beautiful series of coloured frescos depicting various religious figures and a gorgeous blue and gold decorative ceiling.
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Basilica of Sant'Abbondio
35 Via Regina Teodolinda
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The Basilica of Saint Addondio is located a little out of the city centre, but it is a majestic church that is worthy of a visit. The original church was created in the 11th century and the current Romanesque church was created over it by the Benedictines. The front of the church is quite plain and features simple stonework and a huge main doorway. Alternatively, the interior features a set of huge stone columns and an ornately decorated main altar. The altar has a beautiful series of coloured frescos depicting various religious figures and a gorgeous blue and gold decorative ceiling.
Punta Balbianello is a promontory that sticks out into Lake Como near the town of Lenno. This promontory can be reached via a beautiful trail that winds from the bay at Lenno through some gorgeous woodland – this walk is a highlight and is perfect for those who enjoy hiking. Located on the Punta is the Villa Balbianello – this Baroque villa complex was constructed during the 18th century over the original site of a monastery. From this villa you are granted with some sublime views of Lake Como – the various terraces open out onto the lake and you can see for miles across to the opposite shore and the towns of Vergonese and Bellagio.
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Villa Balbianello
1 Via Guido Monzino
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Punta Balbianello is a promontory that sticks out into Lake Como near the town of Lenno. This promontory can be reached via a beautiful trail that winds from the bay at Lenno through some gorgeous woodland – this walk is a highlight and is perfect for those who enjoy hiking. Located on the Punta is the Villa Balbianello – this Baroque villa complex was constructed during the 18th century over the original site of a monastery. From this villa you are granted with some sublime views of Lake Como – the various terraces open out onto the lake and you can see for miles across to the opposite shore and the towns of Vergonese and Bellagio.
Bellagio is regarded as one of the most beautiful and idyllic towns on Lake Como and it is easy to see why. This town can be found where the three arms of Lake Como meet therefore the views are unrivalled – you can see each corner of the vast lake and the promenade at La Punta provides one of the best photographic opportunities in the area. Within the town itself you can find a variety of high-end shops, several beautifully maintained gardens and some amazing restaurants. Consider taking a boat trip to Bellagio, walking along the promenades and admiring this picture-perfect place.
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Bellagio
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Bellagio is regarded as one of the most beautiful and idyllic towns on Lake Como and it is easy to see why. This town can be found where the three arms of Lake Como meet therefore the views are unrivalled – you can see each corner of the vast lake and the promenade at La Punta provides one of the best photographic opportunities in the area. Within the town itself you can find a variety of high-end shops, several beautifully maintained gardens and some amazing restaurants. Consider taking a boat trip to Bellagio, walking along the promenades and admiring this picture-perfect place.
When visiting Bellagio, you cannot miss out on the spectacular Villa Serbelloni. This villa is one of the many historical complexes situated on Lake Como that once served as a lavish retreat for the Sfondrati Family during the 16th century. It is easy to see why this villa was constructed in this location – at the top of the promontory that the town of Bellagio sits; this complex has amazing views of Lake Como and of the Alps in the far distance. Although the villa is not open to the public, the expansive gardens are and guided tours are available – these Italian gardens feature a number of different enclosures including a Rose garden and several beautiful wooded areas.
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Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
1 Via Roma
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When visiting Bellagio, you cannot miss out on the spectacular Villa Serbelloni. This villa is one of the many historical complexes situated on Lake Como that once served as a lavish retreat for the Sfondrati Family during the 16th century. It is easy to see why this villa was constructed in this location – at the top of the promontory that the town of Bellagio sits; this complex has amazing views of Lake Como and of the Alps in the far distance. Although the villa is not open to the public, the expansive gardens are and guided tours are available – these Italian gardens feature a number of different enclosures including a Rose garden and several beautiful wooded areas.

Conseils sur la ville

Déplacements
Take the Funicular up to Brunate
Brunate is a small town that is located high up in the mountains surrounding Lake Como. If you travel to the eastern edge of the lake near the city of Como you can take a fantastic funicular train that scales the mountain and stops at Brunate. When you reach the top the views from this town are simply magnificent and you can see both the city of Como and the Lake in all their glory. There are several terraces and restaurants that offer stunning views and give you a place to relax and take in the clear mountain air.
Déplacements
Take a boat ride on Lake Como
There is possibly no better way to explore Lake Como and see the beautiful landscape the encompasses this body of water than to take a boat ride from Como itself. There is a wide range of tour companies and boat operators that provide trips on the lake. You can take one way boat rides from Como to visit some of the coastal towns such as Cernobbio and Bellagio, or alternatively you can take a scenic boat ride that simply travels on the lake while a guide points out different landmarks and explains the history of this region.
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Visit the town of Cernobbio
Cernobbio is a town that is located on the western shore of Lake Como only a short distance from the city of Como. This is one of the larger towns on the lake and features the amazing Villa d’Este which was originally built for an English Queen. Down by the shore of the lake you can find the Cernobbio Lido and the Piazza Risorgimento – here you can see some beautiful fishing and sailing boats and also grab a bite to eat in one of the fine restaurants or cafes.
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Visit the town of Menaggio
Menaggio is another beautiful town on Lake Como and is situated on the western shore just above Bellagio. As with the other towns on the shores of Lake Como, Menaggio offers some amazing views and the ferry port in particular has a wide open square that is a perfect place to take some photos of the water and the mountains. Menaggio actually has a tunnel that passes through the entire length of the town that acts as a bypass for motorists looking to travel further afield. Within the town of Menaggio you can find some fantastic restaurants that overlook the lake.
Coutumes et culture
Try your hand at Canyoning at Porlezza or Lenno
15 Best Things to Do in Como (Italy) Como is a commune in the northern region of Italy with a current population of 84,000. Como is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and picturesque places in Lombardy and the commune itself is often overshadowed by the majestic Lake Como that stretches from the northern edge of the city. Como has been populated since the Bronze Age by Celtic tribes and during the first century BC it became part of the Roman Empire. Due to its location at the edge of the immense Lake Como, the city has always played an important role in Lombardy.
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Trattoria La Costa
This gorgeous restaurant is located in the southern part of Como in the small commune of Albate. The hosts of this restaurant are extremely friendly and will ensure that your dining experience is a memorable one. The interior is beautifully decorated and has a traditional feel. You can choose from a variety of traditional Italian meals, all of which are created using locally sourced ingredients where possible. Furthermore, for those who enjoy a glass of wine, the patrons of Trattoria La Costa will take you into their wine cellar to select your very own bottle!