Fall in Lake Como is something to behold. With all the trees taking on different hues of orange, red and yellow, and the crisp, cool air on the horizon, there is no more beautiful time to explore this one-of-a-kind destination. Lake Como in October is teeming with activities and events such as outdoor markets and historical tours that showcase this exquisite time of year. We’ve put together a fall travel guide to Lake Como for all you need to know about this colourful season.
Take a Guided Tour of Medieval Baradello Tower
The Torre del Baradello, commonly known as Baradello Tower, watches over the city from the top of a hill of the same name. This medieval tower served as a refuge and a vantage point during historic battles fought in the town of Como. A glimpse into the history of this special part of Italian culture is not to be missed. From October 1st, between 10am and 6pm, take a tour of the Medieval Baradello Tower in Como alongside an experienced guide and indulge in the fascinating stories behind every turn.
Sample Delectable Wines at the Private Crotto’s Cellars Opening
Join the excellent team at Crotto’s Cellars for an exclusive food and wine event on the weekends of the 7th – 8th and 14th – 15th of October. Taste exquisite cuisine and exceptional wines in this highly recommended event. The events starts at 5.30 pm on Saturday and 9am on Sunday.
Shop for Treasures at the Vintage Market in Viale Cattaneo
The market at Viale Cattaneo offers vintage shoppers an array of once-loved treasures to peruse. Spend the day browsing antiques and more modern-day fare at a leisurely pace in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Date: October 11 Time: 8am to 6pm. Place: Viale Cattaneo, Como
See the Season’s Harvest at the Chestnut Fair
October is known as the month of chestnuts, with festivals celebrating their harvest all over Italy. Tremezzo, a picturesque village lined with ancient chestnut trees, is the perfect location to celebrate the year’s harvest in Lake Como. With the smell of roasting chestnuts in the air, and the warm autumn sun filtering through the trees, it’s a wonderful way to spend a weekend by the lake. Date: October 15 Place: Tremezzo village
Fall Fair Market in Lugano
Celebrate local produce and products at the autumn market in Lugano. The pedestrian zones of Lugano are filled with a festive air as the small village welcomes the fruits of fall. Enjoy gastronomic delights while being serenaded by charming folk music. This event really is fun for the whole family. Date: October 1. Time: 10am to 6pm.
Hike Through the Rolling Hills
October is the best time of year for hiking in Lake Como. With temperatures averaging 14°C, the cool air is perfect for hiking throughout the day. The expansive vistas and hazy sunrises make for stunning photo opportunities and a panoramic view of the surrounding areas. Some popular hikes are Monte Piatto, Monte san Primo, and the more challenging Percorso del Ghisallo. Read our blog here for a guide to hiking in Lake Como.