Como is the third largest town on Lake Como and is located on the shores of the lake at the foot of the mountain Monte Bisbino. It is approx. 4 km between Cernobbio and Como and you can choose to travel by car or by boat.
The town has always been popular as a holiday destination and has for several centuries been the preferred choice for large families from Como and Milan. This has contributed to the large number of villas and parks that are scattered around the area. The town has always thrived on production, and in-fact one of the first recorded silk factories was built right here in Cernobbio.
Today the town is best known as home to the beautiful luxury hotel Villa d'Este, which was built in the 16th Century for Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio. The hotel has a large collection of paintings and sculptures from the 16th Century and is surrounded by a large park with caves, statues and fountains. Another famous Villa is Villa Erbe, which today serves as a conference and training centre, but which was also used as a backdrop for the film Oceans Twelve which starred George Clooney and Brad Pitt. The oldest part of the town lies along the lakeshore, where you will find a large selection of stylish shops, restaurants and bars. In this car-free zone you will also find many sun loungers and the ferry berth, where boats depart to many other towns along the shores of Lake Como. There is a path that goes from the town all the way to the top of Monte Bisbino of 1,325 metres, from where you can enjoy the most stunning panoramic view of the entire lake.