LOCAL ATTRACTIONS IN LAKE COMO
- Brunate, Funicular – Open all year round
- Como, Historic Centre – Open all year round
- Duomo, Como Cathedral – Open all year round
- Como/Brunate, Mountain Lighthouse
- Como, The Volta Temple/Tempio Voltiano
- Tremezzo, Wine Tasting Evening in Cantina Follie
- Bellagio, Villa Serbelloni
- Bellagio, Bellagio Museum
- Carlazzo, Meseo Della Stapa
- Cernobbio, Villa Erba
- Erba, Cave Museum
- Grandate, Museum of Toy Horses
- Balbianello Peninsula, Villa del Balbianello
- Menaggio, Villa Viqoni
- Tremezzo, Villa Carlotta
GENERAL ACTIVITES IN LAKE COMO
- Shopping in Milan – take a trip to Milan, 1.5 hours via car and indulge in the craftsmanship of the silk and lace.
- Explore weekly open-markets across the various town of Lake Como. Visit a shopping outlet in Foxtown, Switzerland.
- Wine tasting in many of the towns – visit the Cantina Follie in Tremezzo and discover the ambience of this wine bar tucked away in the cellar of an old house in the town centre of Tremezzo. Sample wines either inside the cellar or on the terrace, while being served cold cuts of meats and cheeses.
- Lakeside Villas – explore some of the most beautiful villas including Villa Carlotta and Gardens, Villa Del Balbianello and Gardens, Villa Melzi d’Eril and Villa Erba.
- Nightlife – lose yourself to the music in one of Como’s two clubs, one being Lido di Lenno, or whisk yourself off to experience more of what Milan has to offer of the evening variety.
SPORTING ACTIVITIES IN LAKE COMO
- Water activities: sailing, rowing, windsurfing, water-skis and kite surfing.
- Hang-glide, paraglide, seaplane
- Golf (7 courses)
ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN IN LAKE COMO
- Parco avventura Jungle Raider Park, Civenna
- Water activities
- Playgrounds in villages
- Aqua Park (Switzerland, 15minutes from Como)
- Swiss Miniatur Park (Switzerland, 30 minutes from Como) and Minitalia (Switzerland, 1 hour from Como)
- Medieval Castle Vezio, near Varenna
- Archeo Park and Dinosaur Park
- Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
- Milano Go Karts
PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR VILLA HOLIDAY
GMT +1 hour
The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
Tipping IN LAKE COMO
You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.
Arrival & Departure Formalities
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:
- A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
- Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
Weather IN Lake COMO
In general, the climate in Lake Como is very mild. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 33°C and can even reach 40°C. Spring and autumn are rainy and milder; however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.
Electricity SUPPLY IN LAKE COMO
Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz – a converter/adaptor may be required.
Driving IN LAKE COMO
There are some important rules of the road -
- At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
- Always carry your driver’s license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
- The minimum driving age is 18.
- Traffic drives on the right.
- Seat belts must be worn - children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
- Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
- In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
- National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways.
- Speeding fines: Euros 30 – 300.
- For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked “biglietti” before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
- There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyzer tests carried out regularly by the police.
Parking in LAKE COMO
- In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying “Zona a traffico limitato”.
- Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use. Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard. In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.