Como town’s Gothic/Renaissance Duomo (cathedral) a 14th century structure scattered with fine carvings, reliefs, paintings and tombs.
Como town has a relaxing ambience and some interesting architecture but in truth there’s not much here to hold a demanding tourist so let’s get down to the waterfront 200m away and get on the ferry for some serious sightseeing.
Lake Como sights
A typical town jetty at Cernobbio, the ferry’s second stop, where wealthy tourists head for. . .
. . . Villa d’Este’s opulence while the hoi polloi stroll around the town. Photo by K. Weise.
Villa d’Este is a vast summer residence built in 1570 for the Cardinal of Como and later home to various members of the aristocracy. It is surrounded by a large park in the town of Cernobbio on the shore of Lake Como and now a first class hotel with minimum room charges of €1, 000 a night.
. . . have a swim in a public swimming pool beside Villa Erba.
Driving around Lake Como
One activity beside Lake Como that needs to be approached with caution: Dreamy Driving beside the lakes, especially in the early evening rush hour…
Cars in Como fall into the 4 wheels bad category, particularly those with a foreign numberplate, any size above compact and any condition other than well-dinged, as this two lane road around the lake is narrow, with blind bends, protruding rocks, sudden chicanes, wandering bikes, staggering old ladies and deranged local drivers hugging bumpers and flashing lights. The bugcrew have driven all over the world and two of our most dangerous incidents in the last ten years were in Italy.
Sad because the Como road is spectacularly beautiful. The solution is to stop, find a lakeside restaurant and chill until the boy racers have gone home. Or take the bus. Or get an Italian to drive you around.
Our favourite Lago di Como island villa not owned by Georgio Clooney.
And yet another magnificent Como mansion not yet possessed by the great Georgio. Villa Balbianello was built in 1787 and is now a museum of exploration.