City Guide, Hotels, Lifestyle | September 2023

Discover Lake Como

Lake Como’s breathtakingly picturesque Italian villages are nestled in the foothills of the majestic Alps with its winding cobblestone streets, surrounded by the beauty of nature and the shimmering views of the lake.

In this Lake Como Cicerone, we highlight the best places to stay, eat, shop, and magical experiences that have captivated hearts for centuries.



Via Regina, Tremezzina, Lago di Como

Situated in the heart of Lake Como, experience the timeless charm of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo. This iconic Art Nouveau palace captivates guests with its timeless charm and breathtaking views of the glistening lake. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the hotel’s lush five-acre park, take a refreshing dip in the shimmering pools, soak up the sun on the private beach, and savor the exquisite dining options. Combining a century of allure with modern luxuries, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo offers an unparalleled experience that embodies the essence of a true Italian vacation.



Via Besana, Moltrasio, Lago di Como

Passalacqua, a sister property of the renowned Grand Hotel Tremezzo, effortlessly delivers an unforgettable experience along the shores of Lake Como. Individually designed accommodations featuring restored frescos offer mesmerizing breathtaking panoramic views that stretch beyond the vast gardens, embracing the serene beauty of the sparkling lake. Whether you take a picturesque sunset cruise on a vintage boat or lounge by the breathtaking poolside, Passalacqua provides an experience that will be cherished forever.


Piazza Matteotti 5, Sala Comacina

Nestled in a charming corner of the lake, the Locanda La Tirlindana is an absolute gem. Led by the talented Chef Patricia, prepare to satisfy your taste buds with her creative dishes inspired by the radiant Mediterranean sun. Indulge in heartwarming plates of pasta, fresh-baked bread, and mouthwatering homemade cakes. A culinary experience that will leave you craving for more.


Grand Hotel Tremezzo

La Terrazza in Grand Hotel Tremezzo, overlooking the picturesque Lake Como, is an exquisite fine dining restaurant that proudly upholds the extraordinary legacy of the esteemed chef, Gualtiero Marchesi. With its breathtaking views, this culinary experience is renowned for showcasing Marchesi’s unparalleled artistry through exceptional dishes infused with rich flavors and innovative techniques.


Piazza Risorgimento 2, Cernobbio

Nestled in Cernobbio’s charming central square, this well-loved bar charms visitors with its perfect blend of simplicity and tradition with a warm and inviting atmosphere. The menu showcases an array of local dishes, carefully crafted using the freshest and finest local ingredients, providing a true taste of the region’s gastronomic treasures.


Via per Cernobbio 41a, Como

Kitchen is Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s sister restaurant located in Como. Awarded with its first Michelin star, it offers a unique dining experience combining traditional dishes with creativity. The young kitchen crew crafts culinary masterpieces that can be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace surrounded by stunning views of Como. Whether it be lunch or dinner, Kitchen promises a dining experience that will stay in your memory for many years to


Via Rogaro 17, Tremezzina

La Fagurida, originally a charming stone shelter, captures the very heart of the rural lakeside experience. The restaurant has a rich history with its rustic furniture, heartfelt family hospitality, and mouthwatering dishes, creating an ambiance that is hard to resist.


Via Vittorio Veneto 1, Cernobbio

Nestled within a beautifully restored 19th-century home, Trattoria del Glicine is a haven that seamlessly blends the culinary traditions of the Italian Alps and the Mediterranean coastline. Step inside and enjoy a unique experience capturing both regions’ hearts and souls.


Via Vitani 16, Como

Since its humble opening in 1920, this cherished trattoria has been lovingly run by the De Toma family for generations. The menu changes daily and is written by hand, featuring dishes made with locally sourced ingredients perfectly complemented by an exquisite selection of wines.The traditions and dedication to excellence have made this trattoria a must-visit.


Take in the breathtaking sights of Lake Como with magical historic villas and botanical gardens nestled along its shores, offering a chance to step back in time and relive the region’s exquisite architecture, rich heritage, and timeless elegance.



Explore the picturesque lakeside villages near the gold triangle of Tremezzo, Bellagio, and Varenna. From Griante Cadenabbia to Lenno, discover the beauty of the north and south areas, passing through Menaggio and Moltrasio, ending at Cernobbio and Como. Admire the incredible architecture and art galleries alongside shopping boutiques and cozy cafes and restaurants. 



Experience the art of viticulture in Valtellina, a hidden gem of a wine region just a stone’s throw away from Lake Como. Take a leisurely stroll up the hills and be transported back in time with vineyards offering a collection of truly exceptional vintages. 



Discover the vibrant shopping scene of Lake Como, from charming outdoor markets offering fresh produce and handmade crafts in Bellagio, the lively street markets in Varenna and Menaggio showcasing artisan shops with traditional goods to the boutiques in Lecco and upscale shopping in Lugano and Como’s Via Vittorio Emanuele II.