Colico and surrounding area


Colico is a small municipality in the province of Lecco and is located directly on Lake Como. Located just 76km above Milan, Colico is a popular destination for day trips.

The former fishing village is now a lively small town with several beaches, many restaurants, numerous shops and a large shopping centre. In addition, the community has a jetty, a marina and a railway station.

Colico, with its nearly 8,000 inhabitants, is the largest town on the upper part of Lake Como and lies at the foot of Monte Legnone, which at 2,609 metres is the highest mountain on Lake Como. The sun-drenched municipality guarantees long red-golden evenings and beautiful sunrises.

Hafen in Colico am Comer See
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A visit to the old town centre and the Piazza Garibaldi directly on the lake is just as recommended as the scattered hamlets with villas, country houses, open fields and old farmsteads on the gently rising Montecchio hill.

Special highlights:

  • Fantastic view of the lake and mountains
  • Situated near the beach bay Piona and the nature reserve Pian di Spagna
  • Numerous excursion and sports possibilities (water sports, hiking, cycling)
  • Ideal family holiday resort (playgrounds, lido, wide range of leisure activities)
  • Green oasis Erbiola (foothills of the Pian di Spagna)


Olgiasca is a district of Colico and lies to the south of the town centre on a wildly romantic wooded peninsula with a wide view to the south. Olgiasca is home to the famous Piona Abbey and is a beautiful medieval village. It is also home to an insider beach that can only be reached on foot and is less crowded than other beaches in the area.

The bay of Piona

Piona Bay borders Colico to the south and is easily accessible by bike or on foot. The gently sloping beach with its sunbathing lawn invites you to linger. There is also a good agriturismo restaurant near the beach and a beach bar with tasty drinks. The beautiful panorama of lake and mountains framed by lots of green nature invites you to long walks along the lake.

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Colico und Umgebung aus der Wasserperspektive

Corenno Plinio

Corenno Plinio is located on the eastern shore of Lake Como and is about 5 kilometres from Colico. The village is particularly picturesque, built directly on the lake on a rocky promontory. The castle ruins, medieval pavement, winding steep streets and a romantic lake access with bathing platform spread a very special flair and invite to be explored. The village square with marble tombs from the 4th century is also worth a visit.

There are several shallow beaches adjacent to the small village. A beautiful panoramic hiking trail connects Corenno Plinio from Colico to Varenna.

Activities and Highlights in Colico and surroundings

With the car:

  • Via the tunnel motorway on the eastern shore of the lake 37.5 km to Lecco in the very south of Lake Como (time-saving, fastest connection from north to south).
  • Lago di Lugano and Lago Maggiore are easily accessible by ferry Varenna-Cadenabbia or the north-western shore of the lake.
  • The old trade route to Chiavenna/Bergell and Sondrio/Valtellina Valley offers a variety of shopping and excursion opportunities.
  • Circumnavigation of the entire Lake Como with its countless picturesque towns along the lakeside road. Shortcuts by ferry or tunnel in many places.
  • Distances for excursions:
    • Chiavenna – 33,5 km
    • St. Moritz – 75 km
    • Bormio – 107 km
    • Mailand – 92 km
    • Monza – 78,6 km
    • Bergamo – 79,2 km

By ship:

  • Good boat and hydrofoil connections to most of the beautiful places on Lake Como.
  • Boat landing stage in Colico
  • Boat trips to the Abbey of Piona outside the bay , to the opposite villages and to Varenna, Bellagio, Menaggio, Lecco and Como.

By train:

  • Panoramic train from Colico and Piona/Laghetto to most towns on the eastern shore and also to Chiavenna, Lecco and Milan [Colico – Milan, 80 minutes by train without changing trains and without having to find a parking space in Milan].
  • Possibilities for fishing are in front of the Adda river and near the nature reserve
  • There are several extensive and gently sloping beaches and a small sandy beach in Piona
  • Lido with sunbathing and play areas and adjoining restaurant in Colico south of the Piazza
  • Beautiful long beach north of the Piazza and the marina with large sunbathing area, kite surfing school and hiking/biking trail to other beaches, partly sandy, on the Adda tributary in the Pian di Spagna nature reserve, near the Adda with sandy beach
  • Golfing in Colico
    • Golf course “Menaggio e Caddenabbia” above Menaggio, best reached from Varenna (approx. 15 minutes by car) by ferry to Cadenabbia.
    • Valtellina Golf Club near Sondrio (approx. 30 minutes by car)
    • To the south there is another golf course in Brianza below Lecco.

Canoe & Rowing

    • Fascinating possibilities for canoeists and rowers with “pure nature” due to the neighbourhood of the nature reserve Pian di Spagna and the bay Piona, and Lake Mezzola (bird watching area) connected by the river Mera.
    • Guided tours through the nature reserve and along the lake for beginners and advanced players.
    • Professional rowers: rowing club in Verceia with dream conditions
    • Contact via LABREVA Landlords

By bike

    • The east bank is traffic-free
    • Cycling or jogging path from the bay of Piona along the lake to the green Valtellina valley (approx. 17km)
    • Lakeside road in the direction of Lecco is good for cycling-racing
    • Many tours for mountain bikers in the surrounding mountains
    • Bicycle rental on site (racing bikes, mountain bikes, touring bikes, road bikes, e-bikes)

Riding in Colico

    • Two riding schools with indoor and paddock riding areas in the nature reserve of the Pian di Spagna adjacent to Colico
    • Wide plain at the upper end of the lake extending into the surrounding mountain valleys is ideal for horseback riding
    • Suitable for beginners and advanced riders

Sailing, Surfing & Kite

    • The southerly wind “La Breva” usually starts in the late morning and dies down in the early evening
    • The north wind Tivano likes to gust and with strong winds is suitable for experts
    • Beach suitable for windsurfers and kitesurfers north of the Colico marina with beach restaurant, bar and snack facilities, kite/surf school and surf rentals.


    • One sand court, one hard court and indoor tennis courts directly at the Lido
    • Other places in the neighbouring towns

Water Ski & Wakeboards

    • Modern wakeboard facility in a pond
    • Water ski school in Gera Lario

Hiking, Walking, Mountaineering & Climbing:

    • Beautiful stretches by the lake
    • Long lake promenade in Colico
    • Hiking trails and forest
    • Numerous easy and medium-difficulty mountain hikes with magnificent panoramic views and rustic mountain restaurants
    • Hiking excursions in the Valtellina valley
    • Monte Legnone (2.609m) for more demanding tours
    • Climbing possibilities on the mountain massif around Lecco and on the rock massif in Varenna on the lake
  • Electric motor boats for up to 7 people for only Euro 35.10* for 1 hour – for excursions along the upper part of the lake with its nature reserve and the idyllic bay of Piona as far as Bellagio.
  • Silvia from Econoleggio offers all LABREVA guests a 10% discount on the current price list. The boats are moored in the fishing harbour of Colico and the service office is at the harbour opposite.
  • For all motorboat friends on Lake Como – Silvia also has excursion tips ready.
  • Ideal also for parties or a picnic on the lake or in combination with swimming fun.
  • Colico Dorio – motorboat and sailboat rental on Lake Como:

  • Do you bring your own sailboat or yacht or motorboat?
    • The marina in Colico offers an excellent infrastructure with pool and restaurant. Other moorings in neighbouring towns – we can advise you.
  • There are beautiful indoor swimming pools in Chavenna with an ice rink next door, in Bellagio and in Como.
  • Beautiful, large children’s playgrounds in Colico and the surrounding towns such as Gera Lario and Dascio
  • Beaches suitable for small children as well as nice long walks suitable for prams in Colico as well as in the bay of Piona and at the north-west bordering headland Pian di Spagna
  • Many cultural and musical evening events, markets in Colico on the Piazza Garibaldi at the fishing harbour
  • Popular evening club in the Fuentes district (hits, salsa, folk music, dance events)
  • Many churches and buildings worth seeing from an artistic and historical point of view, as well as 12 famous historic villas, some with magnificent gardens.
  • Former Spanish fort Fuentes with beautiful walking paths and fortress Montecchio north of Colico
  • Abbey of Piona on the Olgiasca peninsula, south of Colico
  • Classical Concerts
  • Friday morning: weekly market in Colico with fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, meat and fish from the region, handicrafts, clothing, leather goods.
  • In the summer months additionally on Sunday
  • Numerous restaurants, cafés and ice cream parlours
  • Shops of any kind in Colico
  • Large shopping centres on the northern outskirts of the city
  • Shopping trips:
    • Lecco – 37,5 km
    • Como (capital of silk) – 67.5 km (also reachable by boat or hydrofoil)
    • Milan (fashion centre) – 92 km
    • Varese (Fabrik-Outlet Alessi, Kartell) – 120 km
    • Morbegno – 18 km
    • old trade route Sondrio (fashion, delicatessen, regional specialities along the old trade route) – 45 km
  • Good train connection to Milan – 92 km
  • Alpine skiing / Nordic cross-country skiing / ice skating / ice bowls in attractive winter sports resorts 50-100 km away ( St. Moritz (CH), Bormio, Teglio, Madesimo). , smaller lifts close in the Valtellina valley
  • Popular: ski touring and snowshoe hiking on Lake Como
  • Christmas markets and nativity scene exhibitions

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