Two Perfect Days in Lake Como, Italy

When mapping out our road trip through Europe after the completion of our house sit in France, Lake Como was almost left off the itinerary. We considered heading to Milan to get a feel for the city life in Italy before proceeding to the overpopulated island of Venice. Lake Como would mean going further out of the way, but the more we thought about it, the lake just sounded better than a city.

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I can’t tell you how glad I am we made that decision! That is by far one of our best travel decisions we’ve made to date. And they are definitely not always good. Lake Como rests at the foothills of the Alps in Northern Italy close to the border of Switzerland.



It is absolutely one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever visited, with bright blue waters surrounded by snow-capped mountains and colorful, luxury villas. From the minute we turned the car onto the main road that zigs and zags around the lake for what seems like eternity, we were completely in love.


After 40 minutes of driving around the lake in amazement, we made it to our completely and utterly charming hotel in San Siro, the Hotel Sole. This is by far the best place we’ve stayed in Europe so far at €100/night (which is what we’ve averaged elsewhere in France and Italy). It’s a family owned and operated hotel and restaurant which made it feel more like a B&B than a hotel. If you find the hotels a little too pricey, don’t forget to check out Airbnb! We took advantage of this a lot in Europe and found it much more affordable.

After a stressful (and expensive) 6 hour drive from France, we were starved and ready to settle in for the night. We decided to eat downstairs at the restaurant which had beautiful views of lake, and we were treated to the best (and most affordable) meal we had in all of Italy. I’m still dreaming of the gnocci with gorgonzola. SO GOOD!

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After a wonderful nights sleep, I woke up to views of the lake outside of our window feeling completely spoiled. We hit the breakfast buffet where I indulged in all kinds of delicious pastries (and loads of Nutella) and headed out for the day. We spent the day visiting the popular lakeside towns of Bellagio, Menaggio and Varenna with a day pass on the ferry. I should also mention that we learned of the day pass for the ferry only after we had already paid the cost of a one way ferry ticket – nearly the same cost as a day pass! Don’t make the same mistake as us! Tip – you’ll be doing a lot of walking exploring all the quaint streets and alleys. Make sure you wear some comfortable shoes. Ladies – I recommend these if you are looking for cute and versatile travel shoes! Also, very budget friendly 😉


Lake Como is just as dreamy as the photos look, if not more so. Our only regret is that we didn’t spend more time there and instead packed up after just two short nights to carry on to the historic city of Verona.


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  1. Nice photos. Looks wonderful!

  2. We are spending 2 weeks in Valnadrera in April on a home exchange. If you had had more time at Lake Como what would you have done? We’ll also go to Milan and Venice. Any suggestions? We particularly like experiential hands on activities. Love your posts. Thanks.

    • Charlie and Brittany December 9, 2015 at 2:36 pm · · Reply

      That sounds awesome! Honestly we didn’t have nearly enough time to explore Lake Como but if we did would have loved to do some trekking in the area. Hear its really great! Venice was beautiful but there were so many tourists it can kind of take away from the magic. We recommend getting away from crowds and getting lost in the alleys away from the main tourist spots. You’ll get some beautiful photos and really be able to take in the beauty of Venice!

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