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Things to do in The Lake Como Area

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in The Lake Como Area. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite The Lake Como Area attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in The Lake Como Area to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in The Lake Como Area.

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  • Andrea Grisdale

    Insider Clout: For a writer client researching a novel about World War II–era Italy, Grisdale opened her little black book to arrange meetings with... More
  • Bellagio Water Taxis

    The company offers boating services on Lake Como. More
  • Isola Bella

    Perhaps the finest example of 17th-century Italian Baroque garden art. When seen from the town of Stresa, the island looks like a giant ship: the B... More
  • Villa Carlotta

  • Villa del Balbianello

    Balbianello is owned and maintained by the Fondo Ambiente Italiano—the Italian National Trust. In addition to the gardens, a magnificent 18th-centu... More
  • Villa Melzi

    In May the garden is aglow with azaleas and rhododendrons. A Moorish pavilion placed right at the water’s edge, a well-manicured allée of pollarded... More

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