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How to visit Como with kids in just one day

You’ve surely heard of Lake Como in Italy. Home to many paparazzi shy celebs, opulent mansions and the kind of Italian charm most of us have dreamt about for years. But is Como with kids possible to visit in just one day?

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Even when you have little ones to slow you down, a trip to Lake Como in the Lombardy region of Italy is always worth it. We only had one day for our visit. And still feel like we managed to cover off most of the city of Como.

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How to get to Como from Milan

I recommend arriving early, but not too early that you get caught in commuter traffic. We were based in Milan and hopped on the train to Como San Giovanni Railway Station. The journey will take just under an hour and should cost less than €5. Italian trains tend to be clean and comfortable. We didn’t find it too busy, there were plenty of free seats.

the train station at Como, where youview up the stairs to Como train station

You can check train times and prebook your tickets on Trainline

You could also get the train to Lago Como. But the stroll down to the lake from the top station was well worth the extra 10 minute walk.

exploring the alleyways of como with kids

On leaving the station, walk down the steps and you’ll see the Monumento ai Caduti per Servicio or Giant hands statue. Dedicated to disabled service people, such a pretty start to the day! Continue down towards the Lake and you’ll pass some cute squares, churches and restaurants.

giant hands statue in como

We stopped in Piazza Alessandro Volta for a coffee and to people watch for a while. The atmosphere was relaxed and the coffee was strong.

piazza alessandro volta in Como

Fuelled up for our day we continued on down to the lake. There’s just something so peaceful about large expanses of water. The closer you get to the water, the busier it gets, it never felt too crowded like central Milan or Pisa. The city is big enough to accommodate the many holiday makers who visit.

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Swimming in Como with kids

Piper was desperate to swim in Como. She loves open water swimming and I had hoped we would find somewhere she could take a quick dip. Unfortunately, the town of Como is not the place to do this. But do bring a towel and change of clothes. There’s a splash park near the lake. If the weather’s good, little ones are bound to want to cool down in the fountains.

girl playing in splash fountains in como, italy

If you do want to swim in the Lake and have a little more time than we did then there are plenty of options. You could try one of the many lake beaches. The one in Bellagio is probably the most popular or visit a lido such as the Lido of Argegno. Lake Como Travel has a great list of places to swim around Lake Como.

piper loving the splash pad in como

Near the splash fountains there’s a small kids playground. Perfect for burning off some steam for half an hour or so.

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What else is there to see in Como with kids

If you head to your left around the Lake you’ll pass the Monument to European Resistance. Created by Gianni Colombo to commemorate the victims of World War 2. The  monument contains stones from concentration camps and Hiroshima and commemorative stones which are interesting and humbling to read.

world war 2 memorial in comoPiper Quinn reading the memorials in Como, Italy

Carry on walking round the lake and you’ll get to the walkway out to the middle. Not the actual middle of the lake but this section of it. Even on a hot day, it can get pretty blowy out there so take a cover up. At the end of the walkway you’ll find another monument, Como seems quite big on them! This one is called Life Electric and was designed by Daniel Libeskind. The sculpture is over 50 feet high, made with stainless steel reflecting the surrounding town and lake. A great place for a selfie.

reflective sculpture in the middle of the lake in comopiper and karen quinn in Como, Italy

Although it half looks like you can walk across to the other side of the lake, you’ll have to turn round and retrace your steps. It’s not far but maybe bring a carrier if you’re visiting with little children.

walkway across como lakeview out across lake como

Como isn’t just about the lake, there’s so much more to see and do in this delightful Italian town. We spent our last couple of hours in Como exploring the old town with its beautiful churches and ancient buildings.

the beautiful cathedral in Comodetails on the exterior of the duomo in Como

Como Cathedral and its small square was one of the prettiest we found.  The gothic style church was constructed in the 14th century, it has towers, intricate stonework and an extravagantly decorated interior. A perfect place to end our day in Como.

town square in comovery old buildings in como

Where to Eat in Como with kids

After all that exploring, playing and wandering we’d worked up an appetite. So continued back round past the playground and park to the many restaurants we spotted lining the water. There are so many to choose from. All with lovely seating areas overlooking the lake. We opted for the first one with reasonable prices and plenty of people sitting outside.

karen quinn enjoying a glass of wine in como, italypiper quinn in a gorgeous lakeside restaurant in Como, Italy

The food was fantastic. A huge bowl of Spaghetti Bolognese for Piper and a tagliatelle with pesto (nothing like the pesto pasta from my uni days) for me. We were in carb heaven!

young girl in front of huge bowl of spaghetti bolognaisebowl of pesto pasta from a restaurant in como

Instead of staying around for dessert we chose to head back along the lake and stop for a gelato. The very best Italian sweet treat!

young girl enjoying a gelato in Como, Italy

If you have more than just one day then there are plenty of other things to do in Como with kids that we didn’t manage including exploring further round the lake.

Boat trip on Lake Como.

Make sure you add this to your things to do in Como bucket list. It’s probably the best way to explore the lake. Pick the right boat and you really will feel like a celebrity for a day. There are loads of tours available, Get Your Guide has some brilliant ones, I would love to try this sailing boat experience.

Or if you don’t fancy something quite so opulent, there is a regular ferry service which is much cheaper. It’s still a great way to get out on the lake.

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Como Archaeological Museum

Close to the Duomo is the fascinating archeological museum filled with local artefacts making it a great place to teach kids about the surrounding area.

piper quinnposing outside some beautiful doors in Comoeight year old girl looking tired on the steps in Como

Take the Funicular up to Brunate.

Head into the surrounding mountains by funicular to the sweet town of Brunate where you can find lovely restaurants and cafes and enjoy stunning views back down to Como and the lake in all its glory.

Explore the surrounding towns and villages.

Como may be the largest town on the Lake but it’s not the only one you should visit. Bellagio, Cernobbio, and Lecco all make for some stunning day trips.

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