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Curated Discoveries: Lake Como's Seasons & Beyond

Discover the best experiences at our luxury Lake Como hotel, from stunning natural beauty to exclusive local events. Explore our curated articles to make the most of your stay.

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The Best Pools on Lake Como

Lake Como is iconic. It’s a vibe. Nowhere else is the combination of natural beauty, manmade luxury and inimitable Italianità as thrilling as it is here. In every view, the sky conspires with the sparkling surface of the lake to spread a sense of calm and beauty. Adding a swimming pool to the mix only enriches the experience—pure blue-on-blue-on-blue bliss. There are, of course, countless hotels on Lake Como with a swimming pool and chic “Lido” beach clubs dotting the shore with still more Lake Como pools, but nothing quite compares to the poolside paradises (five in all!) of our sister properties, Passalacaqua and Grand Hotel Tremezzo. For every type of pool afficionado, we have a pool that ticks your boxes. What’s your pleasure?

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Fine Dining on Lake Como

One of the most common questions guests ask is: What is the best restaurant on Lake Como? Though we may be biased, the only answer is right here at Passalacqua. Especially this year, as we welcome Michelin-starred chef Viviana Varese to our team. Her elevated “cucina di casa” makes every meal at Passalacqua one to remember, her cooking classes inspire guests in their own culinary ambitions, and her kitchen is always open—as it is visiting friends and family—for guests to wander in, learn in and linger in… We can’t wait for you to meet her!

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Wellness on Lake Como

Wellness isn’t just a state of body, it’s a state of being. And there is no place like Passalacqua—with our sweeping views of the lake and the mountains beyond, the sheer tranquility of our gardens and the healthful goodness of Chef Viviana Varese’s cuisine—to bring your mind, body and spirit into harmony. If you are looking to take your wellness journey to the next level, this Lake Como spa hotel has everything you need and a few tricks up its sleeve (well, actually underground!).
What makes Passalacqua one of the best spa experiences on Lake Como? Let us count the ways…

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Tours of Lake Como

The Lario, our local name for Lake Como, is a place steeped in history and blessed with natural beauty. We take our heritage seriously here, but that doesn’t mean we are stuck in the past. One of Lake Como’s most endearing qualities is the ability to reinvent itself for every new generation, remaining a sought-after destination for literally centuries of visitors, many of whom return again and again. What makes this place so utterly irresistible?

It must have something to do with places like Passalacqua—an unimaginably beautiful world clinging to a hillside between the lake’s shimmering waters and the Monte Bisbino summit. A place of wonder immersed in Italian culture, from inspired cuisine to artisanal interiors, from the bocce court to our spa’s made-in-Tuscany skincare line. Then there are the myriad tours of Lake Como perfect for guests of all ages and interests, whether it is a food tour or a boat tour, whether you want a tour by a local guide or prefer to go it alone in a self-guided tour. Our For You team at Passalacqua is standing by to help guests design the perfect day out—or make the most of a relaxing day in! Keep reading for a taste of what is possible in our beloved Lario. As we always say, the lake is the limit!

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Best things to do on Lake Como in October and November

Visiting Italy in October and November is not necessarily on the average traveler’s radar. Lucky for you, you are anything but average, and you know these are great months for a stay at your favorite luxury hotel on Lake Como! And Passalacqua guests are definitely the kind of travelers who appreciate the perks of autumn by the lake: cobbled lakeside streets bereft of summer’s crowds, distant mountains charming in snowy caps, and seasonal delicacies just waiting to be discovered.

Perhaps the best reason to stay at Passalacqua in the autumn months is the opportunity to experience Lake Como as a local. With most of the more touristy sights shuttered for the winter, you can expect food, ambiance and experiences that cater more for locals and are as authentic as they come. You are also more likely to meet actual Comaschi in your daily adventures – exactly the kind of cross-cultural encounters that take travel to the next level. Plus, an autumnal stay at our 5-star hotel on Lake Como gives you unfettered access to life at the villa, from culinary workshops and satisfying spa rituals to lazy library afternoons by the fire.

So, what are the best things to do at on Lake Como in October and November? That depends on what kind of traveler you are…

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Wine Tasting on Lake Como

Wine, for most Italians, is considered the elixir or life. Just say the word “Vino” and it conjures up images from a celebratory bottle of prosecco popping its top to the rolling, vine-covered hills of Tuscany, from a vintage Barolo with its unmistakable aroma to Nonno’s homemade Chianti in a basket of straw.

At Passalacqua, we pride ourselves in a wine cellar of over 300 cleverly curated labels with all of the Italian superstars and French vintages you might expect and some surprises you might not, from kosher wines to Italy’s answer to Champagne, Franciacorta. Our sommelier loves hosting custom tastings for our guests, and with so many wine producers – yes, there are Lake Como wineries! – and wine lovers in and around the lake willing to share their expertise, you are never far from a spot to indulge your palate!

Come with us on a Lake Como wine tour and discover some of our favorite sipping spots.

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The Best Restaurants on Lake Como

Food is the love language of Italy. Our national pastime. And one of the highlights of a Lake Como vacation. If you are wondering where to eat on Lake Como, the sheer variety of dining options has something for everyone: Michelin-starred cuisine that celebrates long-standing tradition or creates new ones, cozy crotti serving local specialties and friendly neighborhood spots all about bringing people together around a well-laid table.

Join us on a journey of culinary exploration from one shore of the lake to the other and from hidden gems to bustling, buzzy hotspots – all on a quest for the best food on Lake Como.

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Does Lake Como have Beaches?

As a matter of fact, we do! Even though Passalacqua is privileged to have its own lake access via our pier, nothing beats a day at the beach. And we are spoiled for choice with the beaches and beach clubs on Lake Como – a bit of the Riviera to the Lario!

All beaches on Lake Como are not created equal: you might find a public park with a pebble shore and a lawn for sunbathing, a true-blue sandy beach offering volleyball and watersports, or a “Lido” beach club with amenities from sunbeds and umbrellas to pools and restaurants. As Italy’s third-largest lake with over 50 square miles of water and just under 100 miles of shoreline, there is hardly one 10-mile stretch on any branch of the lake without a beach or a beach club.

Of course, we are partial to our own lake access at the bottom of the garden, where you can board one of our two lake cruisers for a “giro del lago” or take the SUP boards and kayaks out for a spin. The closer you get to Como, the narrower the lake is and the more active the boat traffic can be during the summer season – so, the calmer water of the early morning or late afternoon is the best time for watersports at our dock. And though it may not a beach, you can’t beat our pool terrace with its lily-petal parasols, decadent sunbeds and never-ending lake views.

If you have ever wondered, “Are there beaches on Lake Como?”, keep reading to find our favorite spots on the Lake Como shore to rub shoulders with the locals and get up close and personal with this big blue expanse.

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The Best Lake Como Views

In The Charterhouse of Parma, Stendhal positively gushes about Lake Como: “Everything here nobly, exquisitely speaks of love.”

But there was always more to a lovely landscape than just a pretty face for the 19th century author. A dappled green slope, a distant church bell, a snow-covered peak “seem to say to us: life is fleeting, don’t resist happiness when life sends it your way […] hurry up and enjoy it.” Isn’t that we all dream of when we travel?

To leave the real world behind and focus more on “being” rather than “doing”, replacing the daily grind with dolce far niente. The Lario is tailor-made for just such sweet idleness, why not look for inspiration in Lake Como’s best views!

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When spring distributes its gifts…

Lake Como always seems to get more than its fair share, from the first heady blooms of March, through April’s Easter treats and traditions, to warm May days when summer seems just a breath away. With its charmed microclimate and its fresh new take on the great lakeside villas’ vocation for hospitality, Passalacqua is the perfect setting for a spring awakening.

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Embrace Easter at Passalacqua

Passalacqua has opened its doors on a lake clothed in fresh spring colors and a season full of promise. We’re already busy planning our homage to the warm, joyful, convivial spirit of la Pasqua italiana with a series of activities that begin on the first day of April and culminate on Easter Monday. Meanwhile, the chef and kitchen team are cooking up an exclusive Easter menu that aims to showcase the best of Italy’s seasonal treats.

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Discover Lake Como in Autumn & Winter

When the frenetic pace of summer slows, Italy shows its true colors. We turn our attention to quieter pursuits, pressing olives, bottling new wine and strolling through the autumn leaves . This is the best season for dolce far niente, and Passalacqua is the best place to indulge in that quintessentially Italian practice of sweet idleness.