Top things to do

Top Choice Villa in Lenno

Villa Balbianello

A 1km walk along the (partially wooded) lake shore from Lenno's main square, Villa Balbianello has cinematic pedigree: this was where scenes from Star Wars Episode II and the 2006 James Bond remake of Casino Royale …
Top Choice Historic Building in Tremezzo

Villa Carlotta

Waterfront Villa Carlotta sits high on Como's must-visit list. The botanic gardens are filled with colour from orange trees interlaced with pergolas, while some of Europe's finest rhododendrons, azaleas and camellia…
Top Choice Ristorante in Tremezzo

Al Veluu

Situated on a steep hillside with panoramic lake views from its terrace, this excellent restaurant serves up home-cooked dishes that are prepared with great pride. They also reflect Lake Como's seasonal produce, so …
Top Choice Italian in Lenno

Antica Trattoria del Risorgimento

Tucked down a narrow lane in the tiny village of Mezzegra, this charming spot cooks up beautifully prepared regional dishes. The small menu, which changes by day, features three different starters, three first cours…
Top Choice Italian in Cernobbio

Materia

The talk of the town is this enticing Zen-like space, a 10-minute walk from the waterfront. Materia sources many herbs (including unusual varieties) and vegetables from its own greenhouse, and its daring menu pushes…
Trattoria in Cernobbio

Trattoria La Vignetta

A five-minute uphill walk from the waterfront along a jasmine-perfumed residential lane, this hotel restaurant sits atop a little rise. Inside, the timber-panelled dining room with its antique wooden tables is a lov…
Inn in Lake Como West Bank

La Cucina di Marianna

With its shady terrace jutting out over the water, this is about the most romantic spot you could choose to eat around the Cadenabbia area. Marianna cooks by theme, so if Friday is lake-fish day (with fish rilettes,…
Modern Italian in Cernobbio

Gatto Nero

The jet set loves this elegant eatery high above Cernobbio, and for good reason. Book a front-row table and you'll have unobstructed views of the lake stretching out far below. Inside, dark-tile floors, plenty of ti…
Trattoria in Moltrasio & Laglio

Trattoria del Fagiano

A short climb above the SS340 road and Moltrasio, you'll stumble across this easygoing, family affair. 'The Pheasant' serves no-nonsense local food (fish features highly, but several meat dishes are on offer, too) i…
Church in Ossuccio & Isola Comacina

Santuario della Madonna del Soccorso

On the heights above Ossuccio, this lavish sanctuary is the destination for devoted pilgrims who make the steep 30-minute climb, passing a series of chapels (built from 1635 to 1714) along the way. The climb up the …