Things to do in Lake Como – Enjoy Aperitivo
Imagine sitting in a café by the lakeside, watching the glittering lake in the afternoon sun. While some boats pass by, the smell of tomatoes and fresh basil reaches your nose and you take a sip from your cold Aperol Spritz.
Drinking a Spritz by the lake embodies La Dolce Vita – the Italian sweet life. Starting your time after work with a drink accompanied by some snacks is quite common in Italy.
The awesome thing about the Aperetivo tradition is that you usually get some free food with your drink – either some served pieces of pizza, cheese, and chips, or sometimes you can even fill your plate on a buffet.
And this happens before dinner – now you know why the Italians eat that late.
Aperitivo by the lake
Things to do in Lake Como | A day trip to Milan
Even though this is a Lake Como travel guide, the lake’s proximity to Milan makes it super convenient to do a day trip to bello Milano.
The connection between the lake and Milan is quite convenient. There are direct trains from Lecco, Como or Varenna that take around 40 minutes and one way costs less than 5 Euros.
From the central station, it’s a nice 30-minute walk to the center. I love strolling through cities, finding hidden spots and pretty corners, I’d never get to know when just taking the train.
Yet, if you prefer to take the train to the center, you can easily reach the dome with the yellow line toward San Donato.
When you think about Milan, the first thing that pops into your mind is high-end fashion and designer boutiques. And there are definitely many to be found. Yet, the city has much more to offer – an awesome mix of historical and modern architecture, great food, museums, and historical sites.
On a day trip to Milan, there’s so much to see. Here are some recommendations for your day trip to Milan:
Visit the area around Piazza del Duomo: The Duomo di Milano (the city’s famous landmark), La Scala (the famous theater), and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (a spectacular high-class shopping arcade that looks like the entrance to an opera). These are the must-sees in the center of Milan and are all right next to each other.
Walk through the old castle Castello Sforzesco and its extensive park (Parco Sempione) – the city’s lung right in the center.
Join a Free Walking Tour
to learn more about the history of the city, its locals, and some hot insider tips.
Spend your lunch break in a small trattoria in the beautiful Brera district and soak up the Italian flair around you.
Sip your Spritz, a glass of wine or beer for Aperitivo in Navigli, next to one of the beautiful canals (e.g. Naviglio Grande).
Do some window shopping in Via Torino, or stroll through the districts Ticinese or Brera for some alternative and vintage shopping.