THE 5 BEST Menaggio Boat Rides & Cruises

Boat rides & cruises in menaggio.

  • Boat Rentals
  • Kayaking & Canoeing
  • Up to 1 hour
  • 1 to 4 hours
  • 4 hours to 1 day
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • 3.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • 2.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • Villa del Balbianello
  • Orrido Di Nesso
  • Villa Carlotta
  • I Giardini Di Villa Melzi
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1. Private Guided Tour by Speedboat on Lake Como from 1H to 4H

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2. The Best of Lake Como. Bellagio & Lugano Small Group Tour

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3. LAKE COMO FOOD TOUR: Bellagio, Varenna & Menaggio Full Day Tour

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4. Private boat tour on Lake Como 3 hours

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5. Bellagio and the Three Lakes Grand Tour from Como

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6. Three Villas Lake Como Tour from Bellagio, Varenna, Menaggio

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7. 6 hour boat tour with captain on Lake Como

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8. 4 Hours Private Boat Tour on Lake Como up to 8 pax

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9. Grand tour(5 Hours) Boat Invictus

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1 Hour Private Wooden Boat Tour on Lake Como 6 pax

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Sailing Experience on Lake Como with Private Skipper

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Exclusive Lake Como Boat Tour

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Sunset sailing on lake Como with Private Skipper

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Sunset Shared Boat Tour with Aperitif from Varenna - Bellagio

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“Public Tour” Lake Como By SuBacco

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Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour

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3 Hours Private Boat Tour in Subacco Lake Como

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2 Hours Private Wooden Boat Tour on Lake Como 6 pax

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One Hour Shared Boat Tour on Lake Como from Varenna

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Private Tour Open Bar Classic Wooden Boat Lake Como 2H 4H

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Full-Day Small-Group Bellagio and Villa Balbianello Tour with Lunch

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1 Hour Private Boat Tour on Lake Como

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Private and Luxury wooden-boat tour on Como Lake

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Full-Day Villas of Lake Como from Varenna, Bellagio and Tremezzo

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1 Hour Private Boat Tour on Lake Como: Villas and more

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Walking tour: Tremezzo, Isola Comacina , Villa Balbianello

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4 Hours Private and Guided Boat Tour on Lake Como

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We organise guided visits to the most beautiful villas of Lake Como, including Villa Balbianello, Villa Carlotta, Villa Cassinella, Villa Lucertola, Villa Melzi, Villa Serbelloni, Villa Oleandra (George Clooney) and many more… all on board our classic and elegant boats.

We provide transfers around Lake Como, and furthermore we offer transport solutions for weddings and events, a perfect backdrop for a memorable photoshoot on your special day.

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PRIVATE TOURS

Menaggio Water Limousine offers private tours individuals, couples, groups and families, organising mini-cruises to discover to most evocative places of Lake Como.

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WEDDINGS & SPECIAL OCCASIONS

The Menaggio Water Limousine fleet can help to make the best day of your life even more special. Framed by the gorgeous Lake Como, we offer transfers from the celebration venue to the ceremony, restaurant or hotel via mini-cruises for the newlyweds and guests.

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Menaggio Water Limousine provides for your every transportation need, helping you plan trips around Lake Como to and from any location where it is possible for us to dock, guaranteeing maximum flexibility.

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We operate in front of the main square of Menaggio in Via Giuseppe Mazzini 13.

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MENAGGIO Lake Como

Menaggio is a beautiful town of ancient origins overlooking Lake Como .

The characteristics of Menaggio make this town unique: those who simply want to relax and experience the atmosphere of the lake can walk through the narrow streets of the historic center and along the very elegant lakefront , one of the longest on Lake Como.

Those who love nature , on the other hand, can choose from several routes that offer unique views and flavors.

In this guide, I have collected the best things to do and see in Menaggio : get ready to pack your bags and  start planning your visit to Lake Como !

Menaggio, Lake Como, Italy

THE TOWN CENTER Elegant lakefront and picturesque alleys filled with boutiques

Menaggio lakeside walk, Italy

Just a few minutes from the town’s pier is Piazza Garibaldi , the heart of Menaggio. Here, and in the surrounding small squares, there are many bars , restaurants and ice cream parlors with lake views. From Piazza Garibaldi, streets branch off leading to various points of interest. 

Also, within a ten-minute walk from Piazza Garibaldi are two places that might be interesting for your vacation: the miniature golf course overlooking the lake and the Lido di Menaggio (one of the most popular beaches on Lake Como ).

From Piazza Garibaldi, you can also take Via Calvi and visit the small boutiques  and  shops of craftsmen , who sell local products such as typical food, shoes, clothing,  and  home accessories .

While you’re here, be sure to also visit two of Menaggio’s most important churches: the Church of Santa Marta with its important neo-Gothic facade dating back to 1885, and the Church of Santo Stefano , which forms the backdrop to the lively Via Calvi and has three richly frescoed naves.

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LOVENO & VILLA MYLIUS VIGONI A walk through the history of Menaggio

Villa Mylius Vigoni, Menaggio

Loveno is a hamlet of Menaggio located higher than the town center. In the mid-19th century, artists and personalities loved to stay in the prestigious villas of this small hamlet still characterized by a well-kept historic center.

My advice is to start from Via Castellino da Castello , then take the historic walk along Via Strecium and from there walk for 15-20 minutes in the direction of Loveno. On the way up you will see the huge perimeter walls that once enclosed an ancient castle, now largely demolished.

Villa Mylius Vigoni

Loveno hosts Villa Mylius Vigoni , definitely one of the best things to see in Menaggio. The villa was built in the first half of the 19th century and is surrounded by a large English garden  that, together with the breathtaking view of Lake Como, creates a  naturalistic setting of rare beauty .

The villa houses the German-Italian Center for European Excellence: this is a high level conference center  that “aims to foster the Italian-German dialogue in a European and global context”.

Guided tours of the villa and its extensive grounds are available on reservation every Thursday afternoon from March to October (except August) at 2:30 p.m. Kindly check the official website for more details.

A few tips for your stay in Menaggio

VAL SANAGRA & RIFUGIO MENAGGIO Two places to regenerate in nature

The beautiful Ponte Nogara, in Val Sanagra

Val Sanagra (or Val Senagra)

Val Sanagra  is one of the most fascinating wooded areas of Lake Como and takes its name from the river that runs through it.

A peculiarity of this area, which is divided between the municipalities of Menaggio and Grandola ed Uniti, is its still wild environment of forests, grasslands and mountain pastures .

The most convenient way to reach Val Sanagra from the center of Menaggio is to take the C13 bus and then walk for less than 20 minutes . Once you get here, you can walk along several beautiful trails.

My advice is to walk for about 20-30 minutes from the trailhead and continue pretty much straight ahead in the direction of the Vecchia Chioderia Farmhouse , where you can taste local specialties prepared with trout raised on site.

Rifugio di Menaggio

Rifugio Menaggio

Rifugio Menaggio (1,400 m, 4,600 ft) is located at the foot of Mount Grona and offers spectacular views of Lake Como and the surrounding mountains.

It is a popular destination, an arrival and departure point for several itineraries . In fact, nature, relaxation, good food and comfortable overnight accommodations can be found here.

To reach the hut, going up from Menaggio, the starting point is Breglia , in the municipality of Plesio (where you arrive by bus C13). From there, along a path that winds through the forest, in some sections steeply uphill, in about 1 hour and 45 minutes you reach your destination.

The hut is open from mid-June to the end of September daily ; during the rest of the year it is open on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

NOBIALLO & CROCE Ancient and characteristic hamlets of Menaggio

Small square in the hamlet of Nobiallo, Menaggio

Another interesting thing to do in Menaggio is to walk about 15 minutes from the lakefront to the hamlet of Nobiallo . At one point, along Via Diaz, you will find a tunnel: avoid it and instead take the scenic bike/pedestrian road, where you will skirt a rock wall and find several picnic tables overlooking the lake .

After a few minutes you will arrive in Nobiallo, a picturesque fishing village whose narrow streets and stairways slope down to the lake.

Croce is the highest hamlet of Menaggio and offers a wonderful view of the lake. It is home to the Menaggio Cadenabbia Golf Club , an 18-hole golf course founded in 1907.

Several trails also start from Croce, including one that leads to La Crocetta , a viewpoint located 500 m above sea level.

BOAT TOURS & BEACHES Sit back, relax and enjoy the view!

Private boat tours.

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Public boat tours

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Menaggio’s pier is located in Via IV Novembre 89 . Here you can catch boats to any town on the lake (as anticipated, central lake towns such as Bellagio and Varenna are only 15-30 minutes away by boat).

Public boat service is perfect if you are on a day trip and want to start your journey from Como , Varenna or other towns of the lake.

Beaches in Menaggio

if you are in Menaggio and want to relax on a beach, you can choose between the public beach Lerai , on the way to Nobiallo, and the Lido Beach Menaggio , which offers two swimming pools, a restaurant and a small playground for children.

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Places to stay in Menaggio

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about Menaggio, Italy

Menaggio is definitely worth a visit! Like other popular Lake Como’s towns, it has  beaches, places to hike and typical restaurants  that will make your trip unique.

The  boat service  will easily take you to Bellagio and Varenna in 15-30 minutes, and you can also get to Tremezzina  by C10 bus  in 10 minutes.

Menaggio is about  15 minutes by boat  from  Bellagio . 

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Hi are there any jetski rentals (that dont require a boat licence) near Menaggio or Watersports clubs that do towable tubing on the lake 🙂 ?

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Hi Karen, you can check out this article I wrote about water sports on Lake Como . Hope this helps!

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Hi Alessandro, I would like to know what transportation will be better to go to Menaggio from Lake Como. Thank you

Hi, you can use both the C10 bus and the public boat service . It basically depends on how much time you have to devote to the trip (the boat generally takes longer) and what time you want to leave. I hope I have helped you!

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One of the most beautiful villages on the western shore of Lake Como, Menaggio has a lot to offer. Its compact cobblestone center borders the riverfront and is dotted with shops and pavement cafes. This is also an excellent starting point for walks in the steep hills around the Val Menaggio. Reachable by ferry or taxi boat, or via the Regina road that connects it with Como.

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THE 5 BEST Menaggio Boat Tours

Boat tours in menaggio.

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  • Kayaking & Canoeing
  • Beach & Pool Clubs
  • Golf Courses
  • Biking Trails
  • Up to 1 hour
  • 1 to 4 hours
  • 4 hours to 1 day
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • 3.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • 2.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • Villa del Balbianello
  • Orrido Di Nesso
  • I Giardini Di Villa Melzi
  • La Punta Spartivento
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1. Private Guided Tour by Speedboat on Lake Como from 1H to 4H

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2. Private boat tour on Lake Como 3 hours

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3. 6 hour boat tour with captain on Lake Como

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4. 4 Hours Private Boat Tour on Lake Como up to 8 pax

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5. Grand tour(5 Hours) Boat Invictus

Keep the fun going with other experiences in the area.

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1 Hour Private Wooden Boat Tour on Lake Como 6 pax

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Sailing Experience on Lake Como with Private Skipper

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Exclusive Lake Como Boat Tour

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Sunset sailing on lake Como with Private Skipper

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Sunset Shared Boat Tour with Aperitif from Varenna - Bellagio

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“Public Tour” Lake Como By SuBacco

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Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour

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2 hours Private Boat Tour of Lake Como for Groups of 1 to 7 People

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3 Hours Private Boat Tour in Subacco Lake Como

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2 Hours Private Wooden Boat Tour on Lake Como 6 pax

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One Hour Shared Boat Tour on Lake Como from Varenna

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Private Tour Open Bar Classic Wooden Boat Lake Como 2H 4H

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Full-Day Small-Group Bellagio and Villa Balbianello Tour with Lunch

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1 Hour Private Boat Tour on Lake Como

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Private and Luxury wooden-boat tour on Como Lake

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Full-Day Villas of Lake Como from Varenna, Bellagio and Tremezzo

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Private Boat Tour on Lake Como

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1 Hour Private Boat Tour on Lake Como: Villas and more

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Walking tour: Tremezzo, Isola Comacina , Villa Balbianello

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4 Hours Private and Guided Boat Tour on Lake Como

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Best of Lake Como: guided visit to Villa Carlotta + 1 h private watertaxi cruise

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One hour private speedboat cruise on Lake Como

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Private Boat Tour with Captain on Lake Como – Ed. 2021!

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The season 2021 is coming and it’s time to think to reserve a wonderful cruise on Lake Como in total relax, letting our captain taking care of the guide. For you only the pleasure of the healthy breeze of our territory and the magic landscapes.

Let yourself be lulled by the calm waves of the period, be amazed by the explosion of colors of the period and enjoy the particular lights of spring and summer… A unique and unforgettable experience.

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  • Crociera “Le ville del centro lago” … 1,5hr tour to discover the 3 most famous villas of the central lake area (Villa Carlotta, Villa Balbianello, Villa Melzi)… Euro 250 -> BOOK HERE!
  • Shooting-time nel centro lago… 1hr tour for a unique shooting of the most interesting towns of the area. You will discover also “Villa La Gaeta” (set of the famous “007 Casino Royale”) … Euro 180 – > BOOK HERE!
  • The Lake Castles, Bellano and the “Orrido”… a 2,5hrs boat excursion to to see the 3 famous castles of Lake Como: “La Gaeta”, “Rezzonico”, “Corenno Plinio”. We will stop in Bellano to see the famous “Orrido” a natural gorge formed over the centuries by the flowing waters of the Pioverna river (the tickets are included into the price)… Euro 360-> BOOK HERE!
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Duomo di Como - Vista su Como

Boat trip from Menaggio to Como

The splendid 2 hour boat trip from Menaggio to Como, gives you the possibility to admire Lake Como’s beautiful villas situated mainly on this branch of the lake and that are difficult to see from the road. Calmly ploughing the waters, boats are not only a means of transport for getting from one place to another, but also an unforgettable travel experience. This is one of the best ways to discover Lake Como.

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Como’s boat dock is right in the centre of the town facing Piazza Cavour from where you can take a walk to dicover the historical centre of the town . From Piazza Cavour, created in 1871 when the old port was filled in, walk to Piazza Duomo, the city’s civic and religious centre in the Middle Ages. Here you find the Broletto , the antique town hall built in 1200 and the Municipal bell tower. The Cathedral was built between the end of 1300 and the mid 1700’s and is a fusion of different architectural styles. The façade statues are astonishing.

Behind the Duomo it is possible to admire the neaclassical facade of the Teatro Sociale (Social Theatre) built in 1811. On the other side of the railway line is the ex Casa del Fascio masterpiece of the rationalist architect Giuseppe Terragni considered the symbol of modern architecture.

From Piazza Duomo walk to Piazza S. Fedele , one of the most charming parts of Como. Here stands the beautiful Romanesque Basilica of San Fedele . From here proceed to Porta Torre , one of the best preserved remains of the medieval city wall. A lively street market is held along the city walls every Saturday and Tuesday- and Thursday morning.

Walk back to the lake where you find the neoclassic Voltiano temple erected in 1927 for the centennial of the death of Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the battery, born in Como. Next to the temple is the War Memorial constructed in 1933 based on the designs of futuristic architect Antonio Sant’Elia. From here walk along the lake to the gardens of Villa Olmo in order to admire the beautiful neoclassical villas on the lake shore. On the town map of Como, available at the Tourist Office, the main monuments are indicated.

A ride with the funicular to Brunate gives you an extraordinary view of the town.

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By public transport

Boat tickets can be purchased on-line (www.navigazionelaghi.it) ora at the Navigazione ticket office at Menaggio.

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The town occupies the promontory formed over thousands of years by alluvial deposits of the Sanagra River and is urbanistically made up of a center and three hamlets, Croce, Loveno and Nobiallo .

Thanks to its central position, between the lake and the mountains, Menaggio is an ideal starting point for any type of excursion: by boat you can access the sumptuous villas of the Lake Centre with their beautiful gardens, by bus or by car you can travel the many valleys with their rural settlements and ancient roads, on foot or by mountain bike you can discover the paths of Parco Val Sanagra , a large lung at the gates of Menaggio. Sportsmen and women can venture on the Via Ferrata of Mount Grona or on the climbing wall located between Menaggio and the frazione di Nobiallo.

The municipality of Menaggio boasts the presence of an exclusive 18-hole golf course , founded in 1907, and of Il Lido di Menaggio with its beautiful swimming pool and beach with a spectacular view of the lake. The village also has a public beach with free access and several sports facilities .

Menaggio is an ideal place to rent a motor boat or a kayak. Families can have fun on the minigolf course located on the beautiful lakeside and in the playground located in the heart of the village.

The tourist office of Menaggio, located in Piazza Garibaldi, 3, offers itineraries for all seasons and for all needs.

Archaeological finds indicate that the area of Menaggio was already inhabited in prehistoric times. Towards the end of the fourth century BC the Gallic tribes settled, which were subjugated by the Romans from 196 BC and through the construction of the historic Via Regina began the Romanization of the territory.

During the Middle Ages the town was equipped with a castle.

Menaggio, thanks to its privileged position on the Via Regina, right at the point where it intersected with the route that, along the Val Menaggio, reached Bellinzona and then the Ticino valley, was of great strategic importance. The Via Regina was one of the most important transit routes, as it allowed a rapid connection between the Po Valley and the Oltrealpe.

In 1523 the Grisons, having already conquered the Valtellina, set Menaggio on fire and the castle was destroyed. In 1525 the Spanish domination begins with a considerable worsening of the living conditions, which will last until 1714. Under Austrian rule and Duchess Maria Theresa life improved. In 1805, after the creation of the Italian Kingdom, Menaggio became the seat of the Viceprefecture and, in 1859, centre of the Como insurrectionary movement against the Austrians. With the advent of the unified state, the tourist vocation of Menaggio was clearly affirmed with the construction of large hotels and villas especially in Loveno ( Villa Mylius Vigoni and Villa Garovaglio Ricci , now owned by the Federal Republic of Germany, home to an Italian-German cultural center).

Important for the development of tourism was the construction of the railway Menaggio-Porlezza , in operation until 1939 and the founding of the Menaggio Golf Club in 1907 .

During the First World War, on the surrounding mountains of Crocetta and Galbiga, was built by the Italian Army a defensive system that was part of the Cadorna line, which is now an interesting historical testimony.

In 1945 the town witnessed Mussolini’s attempt to escape, before ending up as a prisoner of the partisans in Dongo.

Discover Menaggio

Our guide to discover Menaggio

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What to do and see in Menaggio

Guide to the discovery of the renowned village of Menaggio, on the west coast of Lake Como.

Top Attractions

Our guide to Menaggio unmissable attractions: villas and gardens, archaeological and natural sites, sacred places

Medieval Castle

  • Castles and Fortifications

Chapel of the Coronation of the Virgin

  • Religious Places

Monument to the silk weavers

  • Squares & Monuments

Historical Hamlet of Croce

  • Historical Hamlet

Villa Mylius Vigoni

  • Museums, Villas & Gardens

Historical Hamlet of Nobiallo

Sanctuary of madonna della pace, antica strada regina.

  • Point of Historical Interest

Menaggio Lakeshore promenade

  • Lakeshore Promenades

Piazzetta of Nobiallo

Historical hamlet of loveno, piazza garibaldi e via mazzini, val sanagra park.

  • Parks & Gardens

Church of the Alpini

Central square of croce, fountain of loveno, church of ss. bartolomeo and nicola, villa valsecchi.

  • Private Villas & Palaces

Evelyn Mylius Fountain

Cemetery of loveno, medieval bas-reliefs, villa scanavino, sanctuary of the madonna of paullo, markets, tourist offices and public services.

Info and useful contacts to discover the town of Menaggio

Market of Menaggio

  • When it takes place: 2° e 4° venerdì del mese (mattina)
  • Via Stoppani – Menaggio

Info Point - Menaggio

  • Piazza Garibaldi, 3 – Menaggio
  • Phone +39 034432924

Menaggio Town Hall

  • Via Lusardi, 26 – Menaggio
  • Phone +39 0344 36411

Public Library of Menaggio

  • Via Camozzi, 21 – Menaggio
  • Phone +39 0344 32379
  • Public Libraries

Current & upcoming Events

Find out what's on in Menaggio and surroundings

Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Festival di Bellagio e del Lago di Como

  • Sat 25/05/2024 at 20:30
  • At Menaggio Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini.

Così fan tutte - Festival Lirico "Casta Diva"

  • Within the Festival Lirico Casta Diva "Così fan tutte" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Borgo Di...Vino - Wine Festival at Castello di Menaggio

  • Fri 31/05 - Sat 01/06/2024
  • A historical, cultural and gastronomic event with musical accompaniment and craft stalls.
  • Festivals & Celebrations

Lakefront Evening Street Market in Menaggio

  • Fri 31/05/2024 at 18:00 (and other dates)
  • Visit the evening craft market every Friday during the Summer season in Menaggio.
  • Street & Flea Markets

Performance by the Tempe Dance Academy

  • Thu 06/06/2024 at 21:00
  • Dance show of modern and more classic dance by the Tempe Dance Academy Arizona

Concert of the local Corpo Musicale di Loveno Wind Orchestra

  • Sat 15/06/2024 at 21:00 (and other dates)
  • Concert of the Corpo Musicale di Loveno, a historic wind orchestra

Second-hand book market in Menaggio

  • Sun 16/06/2024 at 10:00 (and other dates)
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  • Sat 29/06/2024 at 19:30
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  • Feast in the typical small square of Croce, the highest village of Menaggio.

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A guide to Lake Como's highlights — villas, promenades and aperitivo spots not to miss

The western branch of this northern Italian lake is its highlight, home to romantic villas and revamped waterfront promenades in pretty Como city.

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Lake Como conveys notions of easy elegance and the Italian art of slow living, and has come to stand for something bigger than it is. Officially called Lario, Italy ’s third-biggest lake has been drawing visitors since the 18th century, when it was a popular stop for European nobles on their grand tours. More recently, it stepped into the spotlight as the backdrop for films including Ocean’s Twelve and Casino Royale . But the lake’s prestige dates to Roman times, when Julius Ceasar drained a swamp at its southwestern end, strategically located near Alpine passes, and funded the creation of a city known as Novum Comum.

It laid the foundation for Como, the main hub to this day and the reason why the lake is commonly known as Como. This spring is the best time to visit the city in over a decade, as sections of its waterfront sidewalks, which had been cordoned off for expansion since 2008, are once again open to walkers. The centre is dominated by the azure dome of the Duomo di Como , one of the last gothic cathedrals built in the country. Behind it is Teatro Sociale , and to one side is the shopping street of Via Vittorio Emanuele II. It’s a good place to pick up a souvenir: mulberry trees were planted on Lake Como’s hills in the 15th century, and boutiques like A Picci sell handkerchiefs and scarves using their silk.

Next to the shop, Via Lambertenghi leads to Via Alessandro Volta , named after the physicist credited as the inventor of the electric battery. The townhouse where he was born in 1745 is marked with a plaque, and around it are some of the most coveted addresses of the time. This is not least thanks to their giardini pensili — gardens built on the Roman walls that once guarded the city centre.

Equally evocative is Passeggiata Lino Gelpi , between the lake and shorefront private gardens. The path’s name pays tribute to the 19th-century mayor who reclaimed a strip of land from villa owners to pave Como’s most scenic public footpaths. It’s a front-row spot from which to watch the lake’s seaplanes land, and it’s especially lovely in spring, when wisteria blooms along the banks.

Continue walking along the waterside road for half an hour to Cernobbio , one of the lake’s most popular resorts. Local Comaschi come to eat at Harry’s Bar , in a piazza by the shore; it serves whitefish from the lake, but the pick is the sole meuniere, floured and pan fried to crispy perfection. Alternatively, taxis wind up the hillside to Il Gatto Nero . It serves specialities from the surrounding region, such as ravioli with ossobuco and saffron, and has become popular among visiting celebrities thanks to its view of the lake.

For a different perspective, take to the water. Ferries link Como to the Alto Lago (‘High Lake’), its northernmost shore. But, if budget allows, the transport mode of choice are Riva runabouts . High-end hotels offer private rides on these mahogany speedboats as part of their activity programmes. Otherwise, companies like Como Classic Boats pick visitors up from almost any hamlet with a dock.

Among the most prettiest is Torno , on the western shore, with red-tiled roofs and a waterfront bell tower. It’s opposite Passalaqua ; built in the 18th century for a scion of local nobility, this villa was crowned the world’s top hotel by The World’s 50 Best in 2023, a year after opening. A glimpse is all you’ll get, as only guests are allowed in, but as an alternative visit Villa d’Este , the lake’s historic grand dame hotel. Further down the shores, highlights include Villa Carlotta and neoclassical Villa del Balbianello , which juts out on a promontory in Ossuccio.

A former fishing community, Ossuccio is also a gateway to Isola Comacina and UNESCO-listed Sacro Monte di Ossuccio , 14 chapels leading to a hillside sanctuary. From its waterfront, the view is a snapshot of what makes Lake Como so alluring: the unassuming hamlets next to larger-than-life villas, and the green, wooded hills sloping down to the deep-blue water. In the distance, always in view, are the Alps. From the Roman Empire to modern-day Hollywood, it’s a scene that’s charmed through the ages.

3 highlights not to miss in Lake Como

1. Teatro Sociale Como’s 19th-century theatre has always had a special affinity with the opera. This summer, it’ll join other venues across the country in marking 100 years since the death of Giacomo Puccini with an open-air production of Turandot, the composer’s final masterpiece.

2. Villa Carlotta The 20-acre botanical garden of Villa Carlotta is a much-loved retreat on the lake. There are monumental trees, a citrus tunnel and a path among the ferns, but it’s most famous for its azaleas, which bloom into full cushions of red, white and pink for a few weeks each May.

3. Isola Comacina The lake’s only island is mostly uninhabited, but its trails lead past olives, lindens and laurels, as well as houses for short-term artists in residence. Every June, the popular San Giovanni Festival reenacts a fire that devastated the island in the 12th century with a red-tinted firework display.

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The Ultimate Guide: What to Do in Lake Como for a Picture-Perfect Getaway!

I magine sipping an espresso by a lakeside villa, gazing at the serene waters with the Alps looming in the background. That's Lake Como for you!

Dive into the azure waves of possibilities with Kevin Erickson , your travel pal!

With so many things to do and see, how do you plan that perfect getaway?

  • Discover Italy's third-largest lake set against the magnificent Alps.
  • Dive into the history with ancient villas and picturesque towns.
  • Relish local culinary delights while basking in nature's serenity.

Lake Como: More than Just Another Pretty Face

Statistics Highlight: Over 1.2 million visitors each year make their way to Lake Como, as per the Italian National Institute of Statistics. Ever wondered why?

Fact Bite: Located in Lombardy, Italy, Lake Como isn't just Italy's third-largest lake; it's a slice of paradise. Known for its jaw-dropping scenery against the foothills of the Alps, this lake has a rich history, captivating any traveler's heart.

"Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but Atitlán is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing." - Aldous Huxley.

Trails and Tales: Hiking Adventures Amidst Lake Como's Breathtaking Beauty

Lake Como, renowned for its pristine waters and opulent villas, offers another treasure that's equally captivating: its hiking trails. A paradise for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike, the trails around Lake Como promise not just a workout for the body, but a feast for the eyes and the soul.

While the allure of the lakefront with its bustling towns and historic sites is undeniable, a venture into the surrounding hills and mountains presents a different, more tranquil facet of Lake Como. Here's a glimpse into what awaits you:

The Greenway del Lago : This 10-km trail is a treat for both novices and seasoned hikers. Meandering through ancient villages, gardens, and waterfronts, the path offers panoramic views of the lake and its majestic surroundings.

San Martino, Griante : A relatively short but steep climb, this trail rewards hikers with a stunning view from the church at the top. On a clear day, you can even catch a glimpse of the Swiss Alps!

Sentiero del Viandante, Varenna : Translating to "The Wayfarer's Path", this ancient trail was once used by travelers and merchants. It runs from Abbadia to Colico, offering varying landscapes from forests to olive groves.

Monte Grona and Monte Bregagno : For those seeking a challenge, these peaks offer longer and steeper trails. But with great effort comes great reward, in the form of unparalleled views of Lake Como, its basin, and the Swiss Alps.

Rifugio Menaggio : Situated high above Menaggio, this trail is a haven for flora and fauna enthusiasts. Wildflowers, marmots, and even ibex can be spotted on your journey upwards.

But what truly sets hiking in Lake Como apart are the tales each trail tells. The paths, worn by the feet of countless before you, whisper stories of ancient travelers, merchants, and even smugglers. Historical sites, chapels, and ruins dot these trails, making each hike a journey through time.

After a fulfilling trek, nothing beats the feeling of sitting at a quaint lakeside café, sipping on a freshly brewed Italian coffee , reminiscing about the day's discoveries, and watching the sun set over Lake Como’s glistening waters.

The combination of the lake's serene beauty and the surrounding rugged terrains offers a unique hiking experience, making Lake Como a top pick for those who wish to walk the trails less traveled.

So, lace up your hiking boots and let Lake Como 's hills and dales narrate their tales to you.

Activities that Make Your Heart Flutter

Historic explorations.

  • Villa Carlotta: A treat for art and nature lovers. This Tremezzo-based villa flaunts a mesmerizing art collection and gardens brimming with azaleas and rhododendrons.
  • Villa del Balbianello: Lenno houses this cinematic beauty, making it an essential part of movies like Star Wars.

The Italian Waterside

  • Boat Tours: Experience Lake Como intimately by hopping on a public boat or renting a private one. As the gentle waves guide you, discover hidden coves, picturesque villages, and breathtaking panoramic views that can only be appreciated from the water's vantage point.

Wandering the Cobbled Streets

  • Bellagio : Often termed the 'Pearl of Lake Como', this town offers a surreal experience with its narrow lanes and opulent villas.
  • Varenna : Seek the Castle of Vezio for an unparalleled view of the lake.
  • Como : The primary hub, known for its cathedral and the Brunate funicular.

Insider Tips by Kevin Erickson

As an experienced travel journalist, I've had the privilege of uncovering some hidden jewels in Lake Como:

  • Culinary Adventures : Lake Como's weekly markets are a haven for food lovers. Indulge in Lombard dishes and don't skip the local fish.
  • Off-the-Beaten Paths : The Greenway del Lago is a serene hiking trail, spreading over 10 km along the lake's western side.

Remember, Lake Como isn't just about sightseeing; it's about living every moment, soaking in the serene ambiance and, of course, the occasional gelato!

What is Lake Como best known for?  

Lake Como is renowned for its scenic beauty, historic villas, and tranquil, picturesque towns.

Is Lake Como expensive to visit?

While some areas of Lake Como can be pricey, there are plenty of budget-friendly accommodations and activities available.

How do I get around Lake Como?

Public boats, buses, and walking are popular ways to explore the lake and its surrounding towns.

What's the best time to visit Lake Como?

Spring and early autumn offer pleasant weather and fewer crowds, making them ideal times to visit.

Are there any water sports in Lake Como?

Absolutely! From kayaking to windsurfing, the lake offers a range of water-based activities.

Lake Como, with its blend of natural beauty, historic resonance, and cultural depth, is more than just a destination – it's an experience.

Its panoramic vistas resonate with tales from the past, and its waters, which mirror the sky , seem to whisper the stories of countless travelers who have been captivated by its charm.

The villas stand not just as architectural marvels but as sentinels of history, guarding tales of opulence, art, and romance.

Navigating through Lake Como's streets, one doesn't simply walk; they journey through time, getting lost in the echoes of laughter from Italian renaissances and reveries.

And while the lake offers a plethora of activities, perhaps its most profound offering is the sense of tranquility, a gentle reminder in this fast-paced world to pause, breathe, and truly live.

As you sit by the lake, with the gentle breeze caressing your face and the distant Alps standing tall, a realization dawns – Lake Como isn’t just a place on the map; it's poetry, it's emotion, and above all, it's a symphony of all things beautiful.

Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a curious explorer, Lake Como promises a rendezvous with the sublime, urging you to return, time and time again.

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Inside Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce’s Week in Lake Como — from Romantic Meals to Late-Night Walks (Exclusive)

“They were very affectionate with each other, always close and hugging,” a source told PEOPLE of the couple’s getaway

Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce made sweet memories in Europe!

A source shared details with PEOPLE about the couple's intimate getaway in Lake Como , Italy, during Swift’s short break between Eras Tour shows.

From late-night strolls, to a day touring Lake Como on a boat, the power couple made the most of their “four relaxing days of rest” this week.

“On the first night, they went for a long walk around the lake late at night [between 11 and midnight],” the source said about Swift and Kelce, both 34. “It was very romantic. At times they would walk hand in hand. They would also exchange a kiss every so often.” 

The vacation began just a day after Swift's fourth and final Eras Tour show in Paris, France, on Sunday, May 12, which Kelce attended along with Swift's mother Andrea and their friends Gigi Hadid  and  Bradley Cooper .

On the last day of the trip, Friday, May 17, the couple toured Lake Como on a boat, an experience the “Fortnight” singer wanted to remember forever.

“[Swift] got on the boat along the side and then went right away to the front and started taking photos of him,” the insider revealed. “It was clear that she was trying to capture the moment for posterity, and the cute thing was that she didn’t use a phone but a little Olympus camera.”

After a nearly two-hour boat ride near the village of Bellagio in the rain, the couple reportedly docked the boat and shared a meal at Locanda La Tirlindana, a restaurant in front of Comacina Island. The restaurant serves local cuisine like fresh pastas and artisan desserts.

“They were very affectionate with each other, always close and hugging,” the source told PEOPLE about the couple's final day in Italy.

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A day before embarking on the romantic getaway at the May 12 Eras Tour show, Swift performed her new song about Kelce,  “So High School,” for the first time in front of him on tour during The Tortured Poets Department era of her 46-song setlist.

Later that show, Swift sang an acoustic version of  “The Alchemy,”  which includes football puns such as, “So when I touch down, call the amateurs and cut ’em from the team.”

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Swift also acknowledged during that show that this was the 87th concert on the Eras Tour, a numerical nod to her NFL boyfriend’s No. 87 jersey.

The 14-time Grammy winner also wore Kansas City Chiefs colors — a sparkling gold ombre crop top and a coordinated red ombre skirt — at one point in the show.

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Swift also had her own photographs taken, enlisting the boat’s captain to serve as their photographer. The captain used Swift’s personal camera to capture her and Kelce cuddled up on the boat and dock.

Outlets didn’t get Swift’s personal photos, of course, but rather those from photographers assembled nearby, who captured Kelce and Swift stepping outside of Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s Villa Sola Cabiati for their boat excursion. The villa is located right on the water.

Swift and Kelce matched in black outfits. The singer wore a sleeveless black A-line minidress and tan trench, while Kelce was dressed in a black and white checkered sweater with black pants. In terms of accessories, Swift had on Mary Jane flats and carried a black purse.

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Though photos are just getting released of Kelce and Swift’s Lake Como trip, Swift is no longer in Italy. She is performing in Stockholm, Sweden this evening, as it’s the next stop on the European leg of her Eras Tour.

Swift finished her Paris shows on Sunday before traveling to Lake Como with Kelce. Kelce flew in for Swift’s final Paris show.

On his podcast, New Heights, he gushed about seeing Swift play for the fifth time. He has watched her perform in Kansas City , Argentina , Australia , Singapore , and now Paris .

“I mean, I don’t know if they’re just getting better or if I just keep forgetting how they are,” Kelce said. “It was electric in there, and I’ll tell you what? Kansas City showed out. Argentina was unbelievable. Australia, they partied with the best of them, and they celebrate with the best of them. Those three were unbelievable. Singapore was so unique and so fun. And then Paris was just, it was on a whole other level, man.”

“And I’m just, I’m happy for everybody that’s in the Eras Tour that’s performing, from the dancers to the band and obviously Taylor, that it just looks like they’re having so much fun up there, and they’re absolutely killing it,” he added. “And they’re putting on a show that, you know, you won’t get anywhere else.”

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