It has always been my dream to visit Lake Como, arguably one of the most romantic vacation spots in Italy; however, every single time I started to make travel plans, it seemed like such a hassle. The most popular towns of Lake Como are Bellagio and Varenna, but with only a few days available in our itinerary last fall, taking a train then a boat then a taxi just to get to one spot felt like an impossible task. That was until I found the perfect place, CastaDiva Resort & Spa in Blevio. Located less than 15 minutes from the town of Como on the south end of the lake, it was much easier to get to, secluded from the crowds, but with the same unbelievable views of the lake - a pure Italian paradise. So if you are like me and are looking for a simpler option for visiting this quintessential Italian destination without compromising quality over the summer, here is all you need to know to plan a wonderful weekend getaway on Lake Como.
Planning a Visit to Lake Como
How to Get to Como
Lake Como is located roughly 50 miles north of Milan and lies along the Swiss border. The lake is shaped like an upside down V, with Bellagio at the middle tip of the V and the main town of Como at the southwest point. There are many options for getting to Lake Como from all over Italy, but the farther north you go, the harder it is to get to, often requiring a combination of several modes of transportation to get to your final destination. This is why I loved being so close to the town of Como, it was less than an hour's drive from Milan and that was it. You can also take a single train directly to Como from Milan as well as various other cities in Italy. Here's a quick reference guide from USA Today that breaks down your options for traveling to Lake Como: How to Travel to Lake Como, Italy.
My personal preference for getting around is by having my own car - that allows me to go anywhere I want without having to rely on train schedules. A trusted luxury car rental company throughout Italy is GP Luxury Car Hire - perfect for riding around in a carefree convertible or powerful sports car. Now, keep in mind that driving can be stressful as roads are narrow and windy, especially as you travel north from Como toward Bellagio, but the views are worth it. In addition, there are numerous water taxis and boat services that depart several times a day and travel to the various lake towns, which is another reason Como is such a convenient location for exploring the area.
Exploring the Town of Como