Prepare for some spectacular views. The Como–Brunate cable car (built in 1894) takes seven minutes to trundle up to the quiet hilltop village of Brunate (720m), revealing a memorable panorama of mountains and lakes. From there a steep 30-minute walk along a stony track leads to San Maurizio (907m), where 143 steps climb to the top of a lighthouse.
The San Maurizio lighthouse was built in 1927 to mark the centenary of Alessandro Volta's death.
The Como tourist office can provide a map with a range of suggested walks around Brunate. It's best to book a return ticket: the meandering path between Como and Brunate is narrow, steep and poorly signed.