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.
Avant Gardening Orticolario
Venture to Villa Erba for the Avant Gardening Orticolario taking place from 4 – 6 October 2019. The event features floral artists such as Gio Ratti. More information and tickets can be purchased from the official website.
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
Giro Di Lombardia
Stand by the road and cheer on the cyclists competing in the annual Giro Di Lombardia on 12 October 2019. The route passes through the town of Torno to finish in Como so perhaps combine this with some sight-seeing or a shopping trip.
Visit Villa Pliniana
Visit Sereno’s 17 century Italian Palazzo, Villa Pliniana with the Autumn Bandiere Arancione tour on 13 October 2019. The tour begins at 08:45am and is the perfect opportunity to take a sneak peak and learn the rich history of this beautiful villa.
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.
Lake Como Design Fair
Enjoy the second edition of Lake Como’s Design Fair from 20 – 22 September 2019. Experience a guided architecture tour at the Palazzo del Broletto and the halls of Como’s Social Theatre. The tour takes about 1 hour and can be booked at 11:00 or 17:00, the latter of leads to the theatre’s Sala Bianca for an aperitivo.
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.