Lake Como by boat, an activity not to be missed, ferry or private boat?

Exploring the lake by boat is a must-do experience during your stay in Lake Como. You will have unforgettable views of the surrounding mountains and majestic villas in the middle of the lake, and above all you will be able to swim away from the crowds.

Lake Como is less than an hour from Milan, so it’s a great place to include in your stay for an immediate change of scenery.

We’ve listed the various options for visiting this sublime lake by boat below, including one that might surprise you.

Where to take the boat to visit Lake Como?

You can take the ferries or rent a boat or canoe from the main towns on the lake: Como, Bellagio, Varenna, Lecco, Mennagio….

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Lake Como by boat all options

Boat rental

Of course, the best thing to do is hire a private boat, so you can explore the lake at your own pace and swim in peace.

Don’t panic if you are new to sailing, you can rent a boat with or without a license and with or without a skipper. In short, you’re bound to find a formula to suit your needs.

To rent your boat, we recommend that you use the Samboat platform. It’s very simple, they have the most complete offer of boat rental and their website is very easy to use!

You enter your location“Lake Como“,“Como“,“Lecco“, then your dates, then you can filter by boat type (motorboats, houseboats, small boats…), with or without a license, with or without a skipper: in short, you’re spoilt for choice.

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Another very good option is to take the ferry that connects the main cities of Lake Como, Como, Bellagio, Varenna, Mennagio….

You can buy a day ticket to get on and off whenever you want and stop to discover the incredible villages that surround Lake Como (about 15€ per day).

You can find all the information you need about the schedules and prices of the boats on the website of the Navigazion Lago Como.

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By kayak

This original activity is possible from Bellagio, you will be able to explore the coast around Bellagio during 1h30 with a guide, you will know more about the area and you will have beautiful pictures to share!

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Where to sleep on Lake Como?

★ Notre top 3 ★

1. Coup de coeur : Suite Menaggio, localisation idéale, en plein centre de Menaggio avec une belle vue sur le lac. Appartement charmants avec une cuisine tout équipé, bref foncez-y.

2. Petit prix : Albergo Frirenze, à coté de à côté du port de Côme, idéal pour prendre un bateau qui fait le tour du lac, en plein centre-ville, avec parking à proximité. Un excellent rapport qualité / prix pour la ville de Côme.

3. Avec vue : Hotel Bellagio, en plein centre de Bellagio, hôtel confortable avec un excellent petit-déjeuner généreux, servit sous une charmante tonnelle avec au loin la vue sur la rive en face avec la Villa Carlotta.

We wish you an excellent trip! Feel free to drop us a note below to let us know if you’re planning this trip, ask any questions you may have here or on Instagram, we’ll get back to you with great pleasure.

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We are Floriane and Matthieu, a French couple with a passion for travel. After working for a few years in our beautiful capital, we decided to leave everything behind to travel around the world. of 2016-2017. Today, travel is still a part of our lives. Here we share all our traveltips and useful information. Find out more about us.
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