The Lake Como Cooking Journalist’s GUIDE

HELLO GUYS,

 

I’ve been meeting a lot of people from all over the world here on Lake Como and what I after listenting to and talking to many people I came to the conclusion that here on Lake Como there isn’t a real smart digital guide that explains where to stay, where to eat, where to have fun and spend time with culture sports and entertainment.  I know that there are a lot of traditional good guide – and I know it ’cause I also published one once -, but I’m also aware that nowadays people enter google and insert in the search engine words looking for tips and advices.

That’s the reason why, as I know very well Lake Como and my foreigners friends, contact and “coocking students” ask me for tips, I’ve decided to create one here on this site. And, by the way, if you want to ask me informations, tips or if you are running firms or brand and you need consultancy for events on Lake Como, I’ll be glad to help you (CONTACT ME HERE)

SO, WELCOME TO THE LAKE COMO COOKING JOURNALIST’S GUIDE, THE ONE WHICH HAS NOT ALL THE ADRESSES BUT “THE” ADRESSES ON LAKE COMO WHICH DESERVE TO BE VISITED

 

How to get to Lake Como

If you are on Lake Como, you probably got there by taking a plane – landing at Malpensa, Linate or Orio al Serio -. In this case, the best way to get here is as follows:

  • from Orio al Serio Airport you can rent a car and by highway. If you are going to Como, it takes about one hour and a half, than you need further time to get to other locations on Como’s branch of the Lake.  Click here and you see the Michelin MAP;  if you are going to Lecco and you hired a car, it takes about one hour, this is the route to follow Michelin MAP.  If you haven’t rent a car, you can catch a TAXI to Bergamo and then you can reach Como’s station – via Milan – or Lecco Station. On Como’s branch of the Lake the train stops in Como, so if you need to get to other hamlets or villages, you must catch the taxi or wait for a bus. On Lecco’s side, the train continues to Sondrio and Tirano, so if you need to go to Abbadia, Mandello del Lario,  Varenna,  Bellano, Dervio or Colico, please check your train here;
  • f rom Malpensa Airport you can rent a car and by highway. If you are going to Como, it takes about one hour and a half, than you need further time to get to other locations on Como’s branch of the Lake.  Click here and you see the Michelin MAP;  if you are going to Lecco and you hired a car, it takes about one hour, this is the route to follow Michelin MAP.  If you haven’t rent a car, you can catch the Malpensa Express to Milan and then, you change the train and go to Como’s Station or Lecco’station (both about one hour). On Como’s branch of the Lake the train stops in Como, so if you need to get to other hamlets or villages, you must catch the taxi or wait for a bus. On Lecco’s side, the train continues to Sondrio and Tirano, so if you need to go to Abbadia, Mandello del Lario,  Varenna,  Bellano, Dervio or Colico, please check your train here
  • from Linate Airport you can rent a car and join, in about one hour, Como or Lecco by autoroute ( 2Como Michelin Map2Lecco Michelin Map)

Lake Como is shaped like a slingshot so if you are in Como or Lecco it will take about an hour and a half by car to reach the northern tip (Gravedona / Colico) by car. From both provincial capitals, Bellagio can be reached by car in about 40 minutes – from Como following the Vecchia Regia road, from Lecco following the Lecco-Bellagio Strada Statale 583 / Strada Provinciale 583 / Strada Lariana

 

How to move when you are on Lake Como

how to move when you are on Lake Como

Whatever the number of days you stop on Lake Como, remember that to travel it all by car, you need, traffic permitting, from 5 to 7 hours.

This is the reason why the tip that we can give is to visit it by selecting one of its two branches per day.

The other way you can visit Lake Como is by boat and ferry boat. Here all the informations about timing and costs

 

What to do, when you are on Lake Como

what to do when you are on lake como

If you like to WALK OR Ciclyng

There are 3 ancient paths: on Como Branch the Strada Regia (Royal Path) from Como to Bellagio and the Vecchia Regina (The Old Queen). On Lecco Branch the Sentiero del Viandante (Path of the Wanderer)

The First was a network of mule trails that allowed the local residents to move and facilitated the activities. Nowadays you can transit it by car and by bike. The are also a lot of expert cyclist who go from Bellagio to Lecco and climbs up to the Passo del Ghisallo. By the way, if you are lovers of cycling, here you can also visit the Ghisallo Bicycle Museum a real temple of memorabilia.

The Second was for the main route of communication between the lake and Maloja Pass in Switzerland. If you go to Nobiallo you can walk to Rezzonico.This is the track that is still the most loved by trekkers.

The third is The Sentiero del Viandante: it used to connect Lecco to Valtellina and now you can walk it from Abbadia Lariana. Along this route you can enjoy the opportunity to relive artistic, historical, natural and cultural heritage. The view of the lake is spectacular here and the route is about 45 km long, but it can be split into 4 parts.

If you like gardens, flowers, park and public villas

Parks and gardens are one of the reason why it worth visit Lake Como on springtime or at the end of summer. The main location to visit are Villa Balbianello, Isola Comacina, Villa Carlotta, Villa Melzi and Villa Erba

  • Villa Balbianello is in Lenno, on Como Branch and it belongs to FAI, Fondo Ambiente Italiano .It’s situated on a tip of Lavedo Peninsula and the view from here is spectacular. Villa Balbianello was also the location of international movies episodes like Star Wars and Ocean’s saga.
  • Isola Comacina is the biggest island of Lake Como – the second is the private Isola Viscontea in Lecco’s Lake. It’s located near Tremezzina and now it’s a sort of hamlet composed by few cottages for artists infact it was ceded to the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera.
  • Villa Carlotta is in Tremezzo. It is a museum surrounded by a magical and luxurious park. Inside the museum you find Casanova, Francesco Hayez and other prestigious artists’s masterpieces. The park outside is a famous botanical garden.
  • Villa Melzi is in Bellagio. It was built in 1810 and it was owned by the Melzi’s family. Also here you can visit the botanical garden.
  • Villa Erba is in Cernobbio near Como. Today it is a villa which hosts international event like Orticolario.

 

If you like to visit towns, hamlets, churches and cultural places

Lake Como is composed by two branches: the Como side and the Lecco side of the lake.

In the first side you can visit Como town where you can find two beautiful churches: San Abbondio An cient Cathedral and the Basilica of San Fedele.  San Abbondio was build in 1013 by the Master Stone Masons of Como. Inside the cathedral don’t miss the frescoes dedicated to the life of Christ. The second is located in the principal square and it dates back to the 10th century. Inside you can visit the frescoes of the late 300 and early 400. If you reach Ossuccio, you can find two of the most charming romanesque churches of the lake: St.Giacomo with a bell gable and frescoes inside; and Saint Mary Magdalene built in 1080.  Within Val Perlana, that can be reached just on feet from Ossuccio or Lenno, you can visit the Abbazia of San Benedetto. In Lenno there is the Church of St.Stefano and the Baptisery dedicated to St John built in the 2nd half of XI century.

Also the Lecco side has its monument built during the middle age: San Pietro Al Monte – if you want to walk at the mountains – was built in the XI century above Civate and now it is part of the UNESCO heritage. In Calolziocorte there is the Santa Maria del Lavello Sanctuary with frescoes of the XV,XVI and XVII centuries. In Corenno Plinio you can visit the parish church dedicated to St. Thomas of Canterbury and then get to Piona for visiting the monk abbey.

There is also another good reason for visiting Lecco: if you like litterature and novels you should do it cause this lovely town is considered the Alessando Manzoni town par excellence -there is also Villa Manzoni, but at the moment only a small part of it can be visited -.  In Lecco there is a sort of imaginary map linked to the Manzoni historical novel I Promessi Sposi: couvent of Fra Cristoforo and Addio Monti location in Pescarenico; Casa di Lucia in Acquate and outside Lecco, Somasca the Castello of the Innominato which overlooks tha lake towards Calolziocorte. Finally, you can also hire bicycle and cycling the path from Lecco to Villa Adda along the Adda river and enjoying part of the location visited by Leonardo Da Vinci.

 

Where to sleep, when you are on Lake Como

where to sleep on Lake Como

On Como’s Branch

On Lecco’s Branch

ON BOOKING.com and on Air BNB you can also find good solutions for bedrooms, villas and apartments

Where to eat and drink, when you are on Lake Como

Where to eat on lake como

 

On Como’s Branch

 

On Lecco’s Branch

  • Filet Osteria Lecco (good cheese, good salami and wine. You can also buy them)

  • Corte Fiorina Lecco (aristocratic context. Food from near by cultivations)

  • La corte di Lucia Lecco (high quality products)

  • Al Porticciolo 84  Lecco (sea food high quality restaurant)

  • Soqquadro Lecco (national and international food in a lovely small square in Pescarenico, far from the madding crowd)

  • Orestino Lecco (traditional kitchen for an historical popular restaurant in Lecco. Ask for bolliti and arrosti – boiled and roasted meat)

  • Hambu Lecco (very good hamburger)

  • Drera Paré (sophisticated bistrot)

  • Herba Nostrum Pescate (very good hamburger and a rich list of craft beer)

  • Da ca tra Castello Brianza (1 star Michelin restaurant in Brianza few kms from Lecco)

  • La Darsena Bellano (Valtellina food in your dish on the lake)

  • All’Orrido Bellano (tipical traditional italian restaurant)

 

 

Where to shop on Lake Como

shopping on lake Como

On Como’s Branch

 

 

On Lecco’s Branch

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