The Best Lake Como Travel Guide

Menaggio: discovery and leisure

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.

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A Hub for Lake Como Discovery and Leisure

Thanks to its central location, Menaggio is an excellent starting point to discover Lake Como and the mountains that surround it. Menaggio is an ideal place to practice sports, spend a fun evening, or taste the local cuisine in a restaurant with a lake view.

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It's a place where you can dip your toes in the water, hike to the heights, and savor the local culture, all within the span of a single day. 

Exploring Beyond Menaggio's Boundaries

And it doesn’t end there: thanks to the public boat service, it is possible to reach other popular lake destinations (such as Bellagio and Varenna) in 15-30 minutes.

And with the C10 bus, you can go south to Tremezzina or north to Gravedona and other non-tourist towns on the lake.

Unveiling Menaggio's Best Attractions

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

If you can, visit Menaggio in the off-season! Lake Como is a true corner of Italian paradise that attracts tourists from all over the world, especially during the high season (late May to late September). 

Menaggio's Charms Await

Menaggio is a charming town with plenty of things to see and do. Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures or a relaxing vacation by the lake, Menaggio has something for everyone.

Outdoor Adventures: the surrounding mountains, with their well-marked hiking trails, provide a playground for hikers and nature enthusiasts. Mountain biking, water sports, and exploration of the nearby peaks like Mount Grona are among the options that cater to thrill-seekers and lovers of the great outdoors.

Cultural Exploration: the town's historical sites and cultural attractions provide ample opportunities for exploration and learning. The charming streets of Menaggio lead to delightful discoveries, such as the 19th-century Church of Santo Stefano and the historic town center. 

Discovering Menaggio's Offerings

  • The town center: elegant lakefront and picturesque alleys filled with boutiques.
  • Loveno & Villa Mylius Vigoni: a walk through the history of Menaggio.
  • Val Sanagra & Rifugio Menaggio: two places to regenerate in nature.
  • Nobiallo & Croce: ancient and characteristic hamlets of Menaggio.
  • Boat tours & beaches: sit back, relax, and enjoy the view.

Practical Information for Your Menaggio Adventure

Getting there: access Menaggio by car, bus, or ferry, with scenic routes around Lake Como.
Weather: enjoy mild weather, warm in summer and cool in winter. Peak tourist season is June to August.
Transport: walk around Menaggio due to its compact size. Bicycles and local buses are convenient options.
Events: experience art exhibitions, music concerts, and more. Check the local event calendar.
Best time: visit year-round. Summers offer outdoor activities, while spring and fall provide milder weather.
Safety: Menaggio is generally safe. Be cautious with belongings, especially in crowded spots.


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