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Top Choice Italian in Como

Cascina Respaù

Amid the lush greenery high above Como, this small rustic restaurant feels like an idyllic escape from the sometimes maddening crowds along the lake. Charming hosts, delicious homemade dishes and a cosy setting (wit…
Top Choice Cafe in Como

Natta Café

In an atmospheric stone-arched dining room, this osteria (tavern) has a proud focus on superb local ingredients and classic wines, while also remaining remarkably warm and inviting. It's a particularly good spot for…
Top Choice Trattoria in Como

Crotto del Sergente

Although it's a bit of a trek (4km southeast of Como's centre), the delectable Slow Food cooking at this characterful crotto ('grotto') makes it well worth the effort. Set in a barrel-vaulted brick dining room, Crot…
Top Choice Italian in Como

Osteria del Gallo

An ageless osteria (casual tavern) that looks exactly the part. In the wood-lined dining room, wine bottles and other goodies fill the shelves, and diners sit at small timber tables to tuck into traditional local fo…
Top Choice Cafe in Como

Brothers Cafe

The charm factor is high in this hip little cafe and drinking den. Stop by in the morning for fresh pastries (including vegan-friendly options) and espresso, then pop back in the evening for cocktails mixed by suspe…
Top Choice Cathedral in Como

Duomo

Como’s awesome marble-clad cathedral is one of the most important buildings on the lake, incorporating a variety of styles – Romanesque, Renaissance and Gothic topped by a Rococo cupola – over its centuries-long con…
Area in Como

Brunate

Como is flanked to the east and west by steep and thickly wooded hills (scarred in part by the spread of residential housing). Northeast along the waterfront from central Como, the Funicolare Como–Brunate takes just…
Basilica in Como

Basilica di San Fedele

Enclosing one side of what was once a medieval grain market, this Lombard Romanesque basilica dates back to the 7th century, although what you see now was built in 1120 after the relics of Roman martyr San Fedele we…
Historic Building in Como

Villa Olmo

Set facing the lake, the grand creamy facade of neoclassical Villa Olmo is one of Como's biggest landmarks. The extravagant structure was built in 1728 by the Odescalchi family, related to Pope Innocent XI. If there…
Fashion & Accessories in Como

Lopez Vintage

On one of Como's most atmospheric streets, Lopez Vintage lures you in with its whimsical window displays. Inside, the tiny jewel box of a shop has elegant vintage pieces – slim-fitting dresses, oversized sunglasses,…