If you’re looking for romance, you can’t beat Lake Como! It’s an ideal couples getaway with a mix of nature, quaint villages and sunset views over the lake!

And ladies, try to keep the romance alive by not mentioning that you’re on the lookout for George Clooney – even if you really are :).

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It was love at first sight. At least for me it was. Within seconds of arriving in Lake Como, I longingly wished that I was here with my husband. I immediately started planning my return, but next time with him.

The first thing you’ll want to do on Lake Como is take a boat ride!

Nothing sets the mood for a romantic getaway like being on a boat! I stayed at the Sheraton Lake Como Hotel and it’s just a 10 minute boat ride to Como.

Mountain view from my hotel room at the Sheraton Lake Como Hotel.

View from my hotel room at the Sheraton Lake Como Hotel.

Along the way you’ll pass the village of Brunate, pictured below on top of the mountain. Later, you’ll be taking the funicular to the first mountain on the right, then walking through the village to the next mountain on the left where there’s a lighthouse.  You’ll also notice some rather impressive villas, where you and your sweetie can imagine your dream romantic life together. It’s a short, but very scenic boat ride to Como to set the scene for romance! Take a look and you’ll see what I mean:

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Village of Brunate -where you’ll be going later in the day to catch the sunset over the lake.

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Funicular to the mountain village of Brunate along Lake Como.

If you look closely, you can see the funicular. You’ll be taking this later in the day.

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Funicular to the mountain village of Brunate which offers great views over Lake Como in Italy.

Funicular to the mountain village of Brunate which offers great views over Lake Como.

What to See and Do in Como

Unlike most of its neighbouring villages, Como is a city with ~85,000 inhabitants. Without a doubt, my favourite part of Como was a leisurely stroll through the 12th century Citta Muratta – Historical Center. It has much more of a romantic village feel than a city feel.

The most important building in Como is the Duomo, the Como Cathedral. Construction on it started in 1396 and there are also some impressive adjacent buildings in the Piazza Duomo. Who knows, perhaps, you’ll come back here to get married in the Duomo? 🙂

Duomo Cathedral is one of the highlights of Como, Italy

You’ll also want to check out one of the gelaterias, cafes and restaurants. Confession? The very first thing I did as soon as I stepped off the boat was head straight to a gelateria! Then I walked around a bit, and stopped at a cafe. Como is a place to be savoured and enjoyed at leisure, while walking hand and hand. It’s the type of place where you could easily have a 2 or 3 hour lunch, looking into the eyes of your loved one. Because in our hectic lives, giving the gift of attention to your loved one, is one of the most precious gifts you can give. And the historical centre of Como is a picture-perfect place to do so!

Lake Como Italy

Lake Como Italy

Lake Como Italy

Lake Como Italy
Another highlight of Como was seeing the remains of the city wall that dates back to the 12th century. Today it separates the historic city centre. That’s where you’ll want to spend the majority, if not all of your time. You can’t beat its village-like feeling for creating such a romantic vibe!

The remains of the city wall and bell tower in Como, which date back to the 12th century.

The remains of the city wall and bell tower in Como, which date back to the 12th century.

The Duomo (Como Cathedral) dominates the skyline in the historic centre of Como., Italy.

The Duomo (Como Cathedral) dominates the skyline in the historic centre of Como.

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You’ll also want to walk around the shoreline where you can enjoy the views of Lake Como and check out several beautiful villas, imagining how fabulous your lives would be if you were lucky enough to own one. And no George Clooney doesn’t live in any of them – his is well hidden, off the pedestrian path!

Taking a walk along the lakeshore was one of the highlights of my visit to Como in Italy.

Taking a walk along the lakeshore was one of the highlights of my visit to Como.

 

Take the Funicular to the Village of Brunate

Ideally, you want to plan this later in the day, say an hour before sunset so that you can catch it from the top with incredible views over Lake Como. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could also hike up to Brunate (6.4 km). It would be a steep climb, but very doable climb if you’re wearing running shoes or hiking boots. I was short on time, so took the easy way – the funicular! Insider Travel Tip: If you’ve never taken a funicular before, I highly recommend it! Try to sit in the first car if possible for the best views.

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Once you reach the top, either by funicular or by foot, it’s time for a romantic stroll through the village of Brunate. You’ll be walking uphill 2km for about 30-40 minutes to reach the Faro Voltiano Lighthouse. Along the way, you’ll pass the Chiesea di Sant’Andrea, a small, but impressive looking church. You’ll notice that Brunate is much quieter than Como, with just 1800 inhabitants. It’s more of a place to experience and to enjoy the scenery, than a place where you check a bunch of items off your sightseeing list.

View over Como from the Brunate funicular.

View over Como from the Brunate funicular.

You’ll see signs leading you to the Faro Voltiano Lighthouse. You may also have the option to climb up to the top of the lighthouse for a small fee- if you still have energy. Note:  it will likely not be open if you’re there later in the day to catch the sunset.

The Faro Voltiano Lighthouse in Brunate offers fantastic views over Lake Como in Italy.

The Faro Voltiano Lighthouse in Brunate offers fantastic views over Lake Como.

Once you reach Faro Voltiano Lighthouse, there’s a platform with benches, where you can enjoy the sunset over Lake Como with your sweet heart! It’s the epitome of romance.

View from the Faro Voltiano Lighthouse in Brunate

View from the Faro Voltiano Lighthouse in Brunate

View over Lake Como from the Faro Voltiano Lighthouse in Brunate

View over Lake Como from the Faro Voltiano Lighthouse in Brunate.

Nearby, you’ll find La Polenteria (Via Giacomo Scalini 66). It’s a casual restaurant that specializes in polenta dishes – a traditional dish for the Como region. While I really enjoyed it, it’s casual atmosphere may not offer the romance you’re looking for, which you may find in a restaurant in Como. Regardless of where you eat, you’ll need to make your walk back through Brunate and either hike down, or take the funicular down to Como.

After an incredibly romantic day in Como and Brunate, spending quality time with your loved one, you’re on your own for your perfect night of romance in Como! 🙂

There are a few restaurants you can choose to dine in near the lighthouse in Brunate. I ate at the La Polenteria, which specializes in polenta dishes.

There are a few restaurants you can choose to dine in near the lighthouse in Brunate. I ate at the La Polenteria, which specializes in polenta dishes.

Practical Information for Visiting Lake Como:

  • You’ll definitely want more than one day on Lake Como – a minimum of 3 days would be ideal, but you could easily spend a week or two exploring the villages that line the 50 km shoreline, engaging in water sports or hiking with guaranteed lake views!
  • I stayed at the Sheraton Lake Como, just a 10-minute boat ride from Como and really enjoyed my stay.
  • The boat ferries are part of the public transportation system of Lake Como. Tickets can be purchased at the boat landings. For further info see: http://www.lakecomo.it/en/getting_around/ferries.
  • The Brunate Funicular runs every 30 minutes an is open from 8:00 am to 12:00 am during summer. It costs €3 one-way or €5.50 return. More info: http://www.funicolarecomo.it/.
  • If you really want to get your heart racing, but perhaps not in the romantic sense, you can’t go wrong with ziplining. I LOVED this place near Como1

 

Lake Como Italy

 

Note: My trip to Lake Como was made possible via the #inLombardia365 project planned by iAmbassador and the Lombardia Tourism Board. As always, all opinions are my own.