Places to Visit

Villa Carlotta

villa carlotta

Villa Carlotta, just outside of Tremezzo with its own landing post, is well worth a visit both for the gardens and the house. Here is a link to the Lakeaddicted blog with a marvellous and very informative description of the house’s attractions in English.

Opening Times:

18th March – 03rd April and 17th October – 31st October: Opening time:10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (last ticket 5 p.m., museum closure 5.30 p.m.). 04th April – 16th October: Opening time:9 a.m. – 7.30 p.m. (last ticket 6 p.m., museum closure 6.30 p.m.)

 Adult € 9,00
Senior over 65 € 7,00 (with ID)
Student (valid document) € 5,00
Children under 6 free entrance
Family (2 parents + 2 children) € 20,00
Official website:
Sacred Mountain of Ossuccio
ossuccio campanile

Ossuccio’s bell tower

Ossuccio is well worth a visit for a number of reasons  – a glorious lido with a view over to Isola Comacino, the famous bell tower that has become a symbol of Lake Como, the Sagra di San Giovanni (see calendar for June) and the Sacro Monte (or Sacred Mountain) of Ossuccio. Here is a link to LakeAddicted’s excellent description of the Sacro Monte and its attractions. No entrance fees, no opening times – just take it in whenever you fancy a relaxed climb above the lake – or if you are visiting Ossuccio for the Sagra di San Giovanni.

Refer to this website for further information on the different Holy Mountains in Piedmont and Lombardy.
Isola Comacina
Isola Comacina

Isola Comacina

 Read the article by Lake Addicted to appreciate the numerous reasons for visiting Isola Comacina – just off the shore from Ossuccio and Sala Comacina on the west side of the lake. Apart from its natural beauty, it also retains evidence of its extraordinary history . Note also that it is the setting of the Sagra di San Giovanni – one of Lake Como’s better known summer festivals – where each year the sacking of the island by the citizens of Como in 1169 is re-enacted through a dramatic fireworks display. See June’s Calendar for dates. You can reach Isola Comacina from Como via the lake boat service or by road on the Via Regina by car or bus C10 to Sala Comacina where there is a privately run ferry.
Rezzonico 5Just a glance at the photo gallery will give you an idea of how beautiful this place is. And if you need any more convincing, read the article by Lake Addicted to fully convince you.  As that article mentions, you can stay over at the Locanda Lauro and try their version of pizzoccheri brought proudly on a trolley alongside your table for final mixing and distribution! It’s not a good town if you have mobility issues since, as the photo shows, you descend to the lakeside via a series of stepped cobbled pathways. There is no boat landing stage here but the road out from Como improves once past Ossuccio if you want to get there by private car or the C10 bus.