Coronavirus: how to visit Como and its Lake
Current situation on Lake Como
The health situation is closely monitored.
On the web site of the Ministry of Health all useful information and operational guidelines are available about measures that must be respected in Italy to safeguard everyone.
In Lombardy the use of the mask is still mandatory indoor public places and on public transport. You have to wear the mask outdoor too but only if it is not possible to ensure the distances; anyway the rules are constantly evolving: all updates are available at the following link https://www.regione.lombardia.it/wps/portal/istituzionale/HP/coronavirus (in Italian).
If there is intense physical activity, for example running, cycling, trekking, there is no obligation to wear it. The mask is mandatory for children from the age of six, it is not mandatory for people with disabilities not compatible with the continued use of the mask.
The rules of social distancing and frequent hands hygiene with water and soap or other hygienic products are always valid.
For all information about the opening of the borders we recommend you to visit the website of Foreign Affairs.
In this context we suggest to who is still in doubt to confirm his reservation.
The two capitals Como and Lecco are waiting for you with their characteristic historical centers, streets full of shops for your shopping, churches, museums and monuments.
You can swim in Lake Como, in fact it is monitored every month by the Insubria Agency of Health Protection, a the following link http://www.ats-insubria.it/balneabilita you will find the updated data for all locations (in Italian).
Take the opportunity to enjoy Lake Como in complete tranquility without problems of overcrowding, it is an opportunity not to be missed!
How to reach Como and its Lake
Milano Malpensa, Milano Linate, Orio al Serio (Bergamo) and Lugano/Agno (Switzerland) airports are open.
It is important to check your flight since some airline companies are flying with a reduced timetable.
The trains from/to Milan and from/to Switzerland are running normally too.
Here all information about connections from airports and rail links.
Means of transportation
To visit Lake Como area you can use different means of transport such as buses, boats, funiculars/cable cars and trains.
BUSES: the buses run with regular service and it is recommended to purchase the tickets on ARRIVA MyPay app to reduce contacts with the staff (available for smartphone IOS and Android, in Italian). Anyway it is possible to buy tickets at the bus station in Matteotti Square in Como (from Mondays to Saturdays 06.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. / 01.15 p.m. – 07.45 p.m., closed Sundays) or at ASF network retailers (all information on their website www.asfautolinee.it, in Italian).
NAVIGATION: boats/hydrofoils run with regular service and it is recommended to purchase the tickets online to reduce contacts with the staff (it is possible to buy through website one way boat tickets only), for all other type of tickets it is possible to purchase them at the pier or, in case there is no ticket office, directly on the boat/hydrofoil. Bar/restaurant service on board, where planned, is available.
New timetable are valid until 27th of September.
All information and updates on https://www.navigazionelaghi.it/#
FUNICULAR COMO-BRUNATE: it runs regularly with summer timetable (open until midnight every day), reduced capacity at 30 people per wagon.
For further information http://www.funicolarecomo.it
CABLE CAR ARGEGNO-PIGRA: open, until 13th of September 09.00 a.m. – 07.00 p.m., from the 14th of September from Mondays to Fridays 06.30 a.m. – 07.00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 09.00 a.m. – 07.00 p.m., for further information http://www.comune.pigra.co.it/c013184/po/mostra_news.php?id=27&area=H
TRAINS: they run regularly.The ticket office in Como San Giovanni Railway Station is closed until further notice (as alternative you can purchase tickets online, at the machines, newsstand, bar or minimarket inside the station).The ticket office at Como Lago Railway Station is open.
For further information/updates visit these websites https://www.trenitalia.com/en.html and https://www.trenord.it/EN/.
BIKE SHARING (COMO): it is possible to buy the pass through BicinCittà app
Radio Taxi Como 031 261515
Radio Taxi Lario Duemila 031 272000
Taxi Como 031 271000 / 800 012380 / 031 260259
Bellagio Taxi 329 7032702
Bellagio Taxi Service 328 0649328
Taxi Bellagio serale 333 8235536 and 333 2996404
Taxi Menaggio 0344 31244, 335 8036670, 338 2047279, 334 5267507
Taxi Alto Lago 347 9242769, 347 3520540, 335 631574
The hotels in Como are open, here the updated list.
B&B, apartments and holidays homes have reopened too, in this web page the major part is reported. It is necessary to contact them to verify their availability.
The list of hotels and extra-hotels accommodation on Lake Como is available at the following link: https://www.lakecomo.is/be-our-guest-accommodation/
For those traveling by camper there is the possibility to stop at trailer parks.
Restaurants, pizzerias, trattorias, bars, pubs, bakeries and ice cream shops are open.
Here you find the list.
If you want to spend a nice lunch break or a romantic dinner next to the lake, in the historical centre of Como, in one of the many small villages or on fresh hills, look for the place that you like the most and if it is possible reserve your table, in this way your culinary experience will immediately start.
Touristic attractions in Como
CATHEDRAL: timetable from Mondays to Fridays 09.30 a.m. – 05.30 p.m., Saturdays 10.45 a.m. – 04.30 p.m., Sundays 01.00 p.m. – 04.30 p.m., https://www.cattedraledicomo.it/en/turist/
BASILICA OF SAN FEDELE: open for religious worship only every day 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 a.m., closed for sightseeing, https://www.parrocchiasanfedelecomo.it/home/chiese-della-parrocchia/basilica-di-san-fedele/linterno-della-basilica/ (in italian)
BASILICA OF SANT'ABBONDIO: open every day 07.00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m.
ARCHAEOLOGIC, HISTORICAL MUSEUMS AND VOLTA'S TEMPLE: closed until further notice
PINACOTECA: open from Tuesdays to Sundays 10.00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m.
SILK MUSEUM: open from Tuesdays to Sundays 03.00 p.m. - 07.00 p.m., https://www.museosetacomo.com/?lang_id=2
VILLA OLMO: villa open from Tuesdays to Sundays 10.00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m., gardens every day 07.00 a.m. – 11.00 p.m.
EX-CASA DEL FASCIO: open by appointment writing to firstname.lastname@example.org (tel. +39 031 304466)
WAR MEMORIAL: closed until further notice
KILOMETER OF KNOWLEDGE: (Villa del Grumello park): park open on August Friday and Saturday 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m., Sundays 10.00 a.m. – 07.00 p.m. until the 1st of November entry from the backyard of Villa Olmo, in correspondence of Kilometer of the Knowledge bridge, Villa Sucota park is closed, https://www.villadelgrumello.it/it/progetti/km_c/ (in italian)
CASTELLO BARADELLO: open until the 25th of October, mandatory reservation at the following link https://www.spinaverde.it/main/visite-guidate-castello-baradello/ (in italian), open on Saturdays 02.30 p.m. – 06.00 p.m. and on Sundays 10.00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m., prices 0-6 year olds free / 7-15 year olds €4,00 /aged above 15 €6,00, maximum 10 people, guided tours in English on request
VOLTA'S LIGHTHOUSE (BRUNATE): open every day until the 30th of September (closed in case of rain or strong wind) 10.00 a.m. – 07.00 p.m., during October every day 10.00 a.m. – 04.30 p.m.
Touristic attractions on Lake Como
Starting from Como it is possible to reach the main points of interest of the area. Hereafter we list some of them, to find other ideas visit the website www.lakecomo.is
VILLA BERNASCONI (CERNOBBIO): open from Fridays to Mondays + public holidays 10.00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m. with mandatory reservation: https://www.villabernasconi.eu/en/acquisto-biglietti-ingresso/
VILLA ERBA PARK (CERNOBBIO): open during weekends until mid-August with guided tours only, for reservations +39 348 5114649
COMACINA ISLAND (TREMEZZINA): the access to the island is free, it is open every day from 10.00 a.m. to 05.45 p.m. until the 30th of September 2020. To reach the island you can use Lake Como Navigation boats that stop there or private taxi boats leaving from Ospedaletto of Ossuccio, in front of the island
VILLA DEL BALBIANELLO (TREMEZZINA): open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10.30 a.m. – 06.30 p.m. / Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 10.30 a.m. – 07.30 p.m., https://www.fondoambiente.it/villa-del-balbianello-eng
VILLA CARLOTTA (TREMEZZINA): open from Mondays to Fridays 11.00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m. / Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 a.m. – 07.00 p.m., https://www.villacarlotta.it/en/visit/
LAKE COMO INTERNATIONAL MUSEUMS OF VINTAGE BOATS (PIANELLO DEL LARIO): open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 02.00 p.m. – 06.00 p.m. until the 31st of October, free entry (part of the museum is being renovated) https://www.museobarcalariana.it/ (in italian)
END OF THE WAR MUSEUM (DONGO): open from Tuesdays to Sundays 10.30 a.m. – 12.00 a.m. / 03.00 p.m. – 04.30 p.m. (reservation recommended with mail to email@example.com or Whatsapp +39 335 8005692), https://www.museofineguerradongo.it/en/
VILLA MELZI (BELLAGIO): open until the 31st of October, until the 13th of September it is open every day from 10.00 a.m. to 06.30 p.m. http://www.giardinidivillamelzi.it/GIARDINI_DI_VILLA_MELZI/HOME_PAGE_ENG.html
THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION PARK (BELLAGIO):open with guided tours only, meeting point at Promobellagio Office located at the ground floor of the medieval tower in Piazza della Chiesa of San Giacomo.
From Tuesdays to Thursdays at 11.00 a.m., from Fridays to Sundays at 11.00 a.m. and 03.30 p.m. with mandatory reservation at the following link https://www.bellagiolakecomo.com/en/bellagio-lake-como-italy/buy-online-experiences-and-services#bookFrame
VILLA MONASTERO (VARENNA): garden opening hours at July + August every day 10.00 a.m. – 07.30 p.m.; September all days 09.30 a.m. – 07.30 p.m.; October + 1st of November all days 10.00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m.; November on Sundays only 10.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m.; December from the 6th to the 8th + all Sundays and from the 26th to the 31st 10.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m.
Villa opening hours July from Tuesdays to Sundays 10.00 a.m. – 07.30 p.m., August every day 10.00 a.m. – 07.30 p.m., September from Tuesdays to Sundays + public holidays 09.30 a.m. – 07.30 p.m.; October + 1st November from Tuesdays to Sundays 10.00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m.; November on Sundays only 10.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m.; December from the 6th to the 8th + all Sundays and from the 26th to the 31st 10.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m., https://www.villamonastero.eu/index.php/en/
VILLA CIPRESSI BOTANICAL GARDEN (VARENNA): open every day 10.00 a.m. – 07.30 p.m., https://www.hotelvillacipressi.it/1/86/EN/The_Botanic_Garden_of_Villa_Cipressi_Varenna.htm
VEZIO CASTLE (VARENNA): opening times in July + August from Mondays to Fridays 10.00 a.m. – 07.00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 a.m. – 08.00 p.m., September from Mondays to Fridays 10.00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 a.m. – 07.00 p.m., October from Mondays to Fridays 10.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m. http://www.castellodivezio.it/EN/home-en.html
FORTE OF FUENTES AND FORTE OF MONTECCHIO (COLICO): July open on Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 a.m. - 05.00 p.m. / August every day 10.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m. / from the 1st to the 4th of September 10.00 a.m. – 01.00 p.m. + Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m. / October Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m., https://www.fortedifuentes.it/ (in italian)
PIONA ABBEY (COLICO): open every day 09.00 a.m. – 12.00 a.m. / 02.00 p.m. – 06.30 p.m., https://www.abbaziadipiona.it/ (in italian)
OREZIA TOWER AND SAN LEONARDO CHURCH (DERVIO): open until the 27th of September, opening times 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 a.m. / 02.30 p.m. – 05.30 p.m., closed with bad weather
ORRIDO OF BELLANO (BELLANO): open every day 10.00 a.m. – 07.00 p.m. until the 30th of September in full compliance with anti-covid rules. Tickets: €4,00 adults, 6-12 year olds €3,50, €3,00 groups and free under 6 year olds and residents, http://www.turismobellano.it/en/orrido-2/
GHISALLO MUSEUM (MAGREGLIO): open every day 09.30 a.m. – 05.30 p.m. until the 1st of November, https://www.museodelghisallo.it/en
Most equipped beaches have reopened reorganizing the spaces to ensure the access to the beach resort in an orderly way, to avoid gatherings of people and ensure 1 m. distance of separation among customers, it is therefore advisable to book especially during weekends.
LIDO OF VILLA OLMO (COMO): equipped beach open every day 09.00 a.m. – 07.00 p.m., swimming pools every day 10.00 a.m. – 06.30 p.m., https://www.lidovillaolmo.it/ (in italian)
OUTODOOR POOL OF CASATE (COMO): open every day 10.00 a.m. – 07.00 p.m., https://csusrl.it/estate-a-casate-in-sicurezza-prenota-il-tuo-ingresso-in-piscina/
LIDO OF CERNOBBIO:opening times 10.00 a.m. – 07.00 p.m. until the 15th of September, from the 15th of September it will be open during weekends with good weather only, here all info https://www.lidodicernobbio.com/v1/en/
LIDO OF MOLTRASIO: open until the 13th of September
SPIAGGETTA OF URIO (CARATE URIO): open, https://www.360events.it/spiaggetta (in italian)
LIDO OF ARGEGNO: open every day 10.00 a.m. – 07.00 p.m. until the 30th of September, https://lidodiargegno.com/
LIDO OF LENNO: open on Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 a.m. – 07.00 p.m., https://lidodilenno.com/?lang=en
LIDO OF CADENABBIA: closed
LIDO OF MENAGGIO: open every day, from Mondays to Fridays 10.00 a.m. – 08.00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 09.00 a.m. – 09.00 p.m.
SERENELLA BEACH (GRAVEDONA): open
LIDO OF GERA LARIO (GERA LARIO): open
LIDO OF COLICO: open
LIDO OF BELLANO: open every day 09.00 a.m. – 07.00 p.m.
LIDO OF VARENNA: open from 09.30 a.m. – 06.30 p.m. until the 30th of September, closed on Mondays
LIDO OF FAGGETO: open every day from 09.00 a.m. – 07.30 p.m.
LIDO OF BELLAGIO: open all days from 10.30 a.m. to 06.00 p.m., closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
There are no particular limitations for public beaches except for individual accountability by adopting respectful attitudes of 1 m. distance among people.
Individual sports that are usually played on the beach (like beach tennis) or in the water (like swimming, surf, windsurf, kitesurf) can be regularly practiced, respecting the measures of interpersonal distancing.
There are many free beaches of different sizes.
Some of the largest are:
Lido di Ossuccio
Parco Civico Teresio Olivelli a Tremezzo
Spiaggia di Santa Maria Rezzonico
North Lake Como
Activities – Experiences
A calendar rich of events and cultural activities for all tastes is available on the website: https://www.visitcomo.eu/en/enjoy/events/index.html
Events organized on Lake Como are available on this calendar (in italian)
Tours on Lake Como with private boats are available.
International seaplane base of Como is open to let you experience the emotion of a seaplane flight.
The Tour Guides Associations are ready to guide individual and groups (max 20 people) in interesting visits and private tours of the city and lake.
It is possible to rent bikes and scooters to discover the region and the small villages following the roads along the lake, paying always attention to the cars, or ,for the more sporty, choosing off-road routes with MTB on mountains or trying to emulate the deeds of own champions along Giro d’Italia and Il Giro di Lombardia routes, reaching Madonna of Ghisallo sanctuary, patron saint of cyclists.
With the family you can peacefully cycle along the lake from Como to Cernobbio (3km), on a bike path at low speed paying attention to pedestrians; in North Lake Como there are two cycling paths: from Menaggio to Porlezza and from Menaggio to Sorico.
Here the list of shops where you can rent bikes/scooters:
Cicli Ferca, via Dottesio 8, it has MTB, trekking and racing bikes (https://rentbikecomo.com/)
Como Rental Solutions, via Manzoni 10, it has city bikes, e-bikes and scooters (http://www.comorentalsolutions.com/home-en/)
Stunning Bike Co-Tours, via Coloniola 37, it has e-bikes, possibility to join to organized tours (https://www.stunningbikecotours.com/)
Run and Bike, via Borgovico 161, it has e-bikes MTB, city bikes and racing bikes (www.runandbike.it in italian)
There are countless walks in the nature or more challenging trekking routes leaving from Como. Here some suggestions
In the ‘’4 Zampe’’ magazine July 2020 edition you can find a lot of useful information about holidays with your pet.