Flight Time From UK: 1hr 55mins
Best Time to Visit: The summer months are the best, from around April to September as the weather is warm and you can make the most of being close to the lakes.
Como is just 40 mins away by train from Milan city centre, making it the perfect quaint escape from the metropolitan. I travelled to Como for the day wishing I could spend more time there, however the City itself is so tiny that a day is plenty of time to discover the local culture, enjoy great Italian food and drink and visit the sights.
The tiny pebbled streets are a welcome break from the heaving pavements of Milan, and being close to water is the perfect way to relax and slow down. For a relaxed and laid back day or weekend, Como is perfect.
My top 3 places to see in Como
Piazza del Duomo
The Cathedral is the main attraction in Como, along with the amazing lakes obviously, which is just a ten minute walk from the train station. The cathedral is in the middle of the Piazza and boasts beautiful Roman architecture. The Cathedral is free to enter but you can choose to donate if you would like to. Considering Como is so tiny, the Cathedral is a relatively big, and the decoration and art inside is beautiful.
I highly recommend visiting if you are in Como and you can grab a gelato nearby when you are done!
Piazza del Duomo
The Piazza del Duomo is, well outside the Duomo! This Piazza is stunning, with views of the Cathedral and lined with bars and restaurants, there is no better place to sip your Aperol spritz in the sunshine!
If you have time you can hire a boat on the lake, or take a ferry to various places along the lake, but if you are tight for time or just want to admire the dramatic scenery, there are bars and restaurants with stunning views of the lake right in the city. There is a scenic walk along the lake decorated with trees and greenery.
My other recommendations here would be to utilise the amazing location of Como and the great train links they have here. You can easily hop on the train down to Milan or Turin, or discover the beautiful smaller towns in northern Italy.
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