​Lake Como is one of the most beautiful spots in Italy and it is there that the rich and famous head for their vacation. While most people enjoy spending time at the lakeside and trying the various water-based activities available, there are plenty of other things to see and do in this area.

 

​Taxi-Boat Verenna

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​Not only is this a service that allows you to visit the various towns and villages beside the lake, it is also a fantastic activity itself as you can enjoy the scenery while taking a relaxing boat ride. When visiting one of the local attractions, opt for the taxi-boat as your means of transport as it will add to the day’s experience.

 

​Duomo di Como

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​Admissions to this cathedral are free so it is a budget-friendly attraction to include in your vacation itinerary. It is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the Lombardy region of Italy, both inside and out.

 

​Villa del Balbianello

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​Located on the west bank of Lake Como is the Villa del Balbianello. The estate includes a 16th-century building and gorgeous gardens. It is reached by either a short hike or a boat trip across the lake. 

 

​Basilica of Sant’Abbondio

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​Dating back to the 5th century, this is one of the oldest churches in the region. The structure has been added to frequently over the years, so there are sections of the church that represent the architecture of different historical periods. The inside of the church boasts outstanding frescoes from the 14th century. 

 

​Museum Moto Guzzi

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​Although this museum is about engines of all varieties, it is particularly interesting to those who are passionate about motorcycles. This is another free activity so it is great for those with a limited budget.

 

​Jungle Raider Park

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​For some family fun that is suitable for all ages, a day at Jungle Raider Park is an activity that will suit all the family. There are two of these parks close to Lake Como; one at Civenna and the other in Margno. The parks are divided into sections according to difficulty and there are activities for all levels of ability. Activities include bungee jumps, rope walks and zip wires.

 

​Forte di Fuentes

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​This is one of the most historically significant structures in the area as it is one of just a few remains from the Spanish dominion. It is located near Colico on the northern part of the lake. This is one of the best places to visit to learn about local history and culture.

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