Lecco, is an incredible alpine city on the shores of Lake Como in Italy. It will appeal to everyone from mountain lovers, water sports enthusiasts and those who consider gelato testing to be a serious sport!

travel to Lecco, Italy on Lake Como

Lecco dates back to the 12th century and grew to become one of the most important industrial centres in Italy during the Industrial Revolution. Today, the affluent city is home to ~48,000 people. It’s a 50-minute drive from Como, or a 40-minute drive from Viale Campoè, where you can do a very cool zipline!

Lecco should definitely be on your list of places to visit when you travel to Lake Como!

The first thing I do upon arriving almost anywhere in Italy, is head for a gelato! Then, you’ll want to take leisurely stroll along the shoreline of Lake Como for breathtaking views of the lake, and the mountains meeting the lake. You’ll also see Malgrate, the town across the lake from Lecco.

travel to Lecco, Italy on Lake Como

 

You’ll soon come across a golden statue, this is St. Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors on Lake Como, so be sure to be extra nice to him – especially if you’re on a boat!

St. Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors on Lake Como near Lecco, Italy.

St. Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors on Lake Como

Next, you’ll want to take a boat ride on Lake Como. If you think Lecco is pretty from land, you haven’t seen it from the water:

Lecco and Mount San Martino as seen from Lake Como.

Lecco and Mount San Martino as seen from Lake Como.

Of special note, is the distinctive mountain, Resegone. Its name is derived from the word for saw due to its resemblance. It’s so high, that you can even see it from Milan!

The distinctive mountain, Resegone and Lecco, as seen from Lake Como, Italy.

The distinctive mountain, Resegone and Lecco, as seen from Lake Como.

travel to Lecco, Italy on Lake Como

Lecco, as seen from Lake Como.

Unsurprisingly, Lake Como is a water sports lover’s paradise, especially for sailing. I also saw a couple of sea-doos and diving is also possible. Just don’t expect to reach the bottom. At its deepest point, it’s 410 metres deep, one of the deepest lakes in all of Europe! I would love to come back to dive in Lake Como!

Sail boats on Lake Como, Italy.

Sail boats on Lake Como.

If you're feeling adventurous, you can rent a sea-doo on Lake Como, Italy.

Sea-doo on Lake Como.

Or, your adventure can simply be looking glamorous on Lake Como while the captain does all the work – that was my strategy when I visited Lecco:). I figured I deserved a day off after my incredible bungee ziplining adventure the day before!

travel to Lecco, Italy on Lake Como

Me enjoying a boat from ride from Lecco on Lake Como.

The town of Malgrate as seen from Lake Como.

The town of Malgrate as seen from Lake Como.

The architecture of this bridge is incredible - notice how no two arches are the same side on Lake Como, Italy.

The architecture of this bridge is incredible – notice how no two arches are the same size!

One of the many villages that line the shores of Lake Como - seen on a boat ride from Lecco, Italy.

One of the many villages that line the shores of Lake Como.

The incredible Resegone mountain from a different angle!

The incredible Resegone mountain from a different angle!

Villages and towns dot the shoreline of Lake Como, Italy.

Villages and towns dot the shoreline of Lake Como.

Back in Lecco, it’s easy to explore the historic city centre on foot. The belltower, the Campanile di San Nicolo is a popular attraction. You can climb to the top of the 98 metre bell tower for a small donation. Travel tip: You must book in advance as it’s only possible with a guided tour. You can book your visit at: www.campaniledilecco.it.

travel to Lecco, Italy on Lake Como

You can choose to explore the gorgeous historic city, or perhaps the mountains in the backdrop are calling your name! Besides hiking to San Martino (pictured behind the bell tower), or taking a cable care, there are an incredible 10 via ferratas in the area. A via ferrata is a hike that involves wearing a harness and clipping into ropes and ladders secured to a mountain. That’s one of the highest concentrations of via ferratas in all of Europe!
travel to Lecco, Italy on Lake Como

Afterwards, you’ll definitely want to enjoy the delicious food and soak up the alpine atmosphere that Lecco has to offer both adventurers and city adventurers alike! Now, where’s that gelato?

travel to Lecco, Italy on Lake Como

travel to Lecco, Italy on Lake Como

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. 

 

Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.