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Piazza Cavour

Uninterrupted views of Lake Como, architecturally impressive landmarks and people watching from café terraces make this one of Como’s most popular squares.  

Elegant and animated Piazza Cavour is Como’s main square and a focal point of the city’s historic center. It is a place to enjoy views of Lake Como and its surrounding hills, to admire striking architecture and to be part of festivals and cultural events. 

During medieval times Piazza Cavour was nothing but marshland. The area became Como’s principal port in the 14th century before being turned into an urban square in the latter part of the 19th century.

The north side of the square runs along the shores of Lake Como. Stand at the piazza’s edge or sit on one of the many benches and gaze out across the sparkling water. Watch as boats come and go from the dock, marvel at the surrounding forest-clad hills and look for the Faro Voltiano lighthouse in the distance.

Take time to check out the square’s architecture. Overlooking the west side is the historic Hotel Metropole Suisse, which dates back to 1846. On the opposite side you will find colorful Italianate buildings that house cafés, restaurants and ice cream parlors. Sit at an outdoor terrace, order some refreshments and enjoy people-watching opportunities. Often, you can see street performers here.

Piazza Cavour also hosts events such as artisan fairs, concerts and markets. Try to be here for June’s Swing Crash Festival, a celebration of music from the‘30s and ‘40s with live concerts, dance classes and competitions. Visit the square in December when it hosts a Christmas market. Browse the stalls for handicrafts and souvenirs produced in the Lake Como region. 

Situated in the heart of Como’s city center, Piazza Cavour is just a 5-minute walk from the main train station. While you are in the neighborhood, go to the square’s tourism office and collect a free map with information about Como’s major attractions. Combine your visit with a sightseeing trip to the magnificent Cathedral of Como. Then walk along the waterfront to the Funicular Como-Brunate and ride the funicular railway up to the scenic village of Brunate.


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Hilton Lake Como CA $276
Hilton Lake Como

Hilton Lake Como

Via Borgo Vico 241, Como
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Como property is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Villa Olmo and Villa Saporiti. Como-Brunate Funicular is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away. Como San Giovanni Station is 16 minutes by foot and Como Nord Lago Station is 23 minutes.

    Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como CA $1,030
    Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como

    Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como

    Via Enrico Caronti 69, Blevio, CO
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated on the beach, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Villa Erba, Volta Lighthouse and Como-Brunate Funicular. Piazza Cavour and Casa del Fascio are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Bellavista Hotel e Ristorante CA $134
      Bellavista Hotel e Ristorante

      Bellavista Hotel e Ristorante

      Piazza Bonacossa, 2, Brunate, CO
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Brunate inn is located in the historical district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Volta Lighthouse and Como-Brunate Funicular. Teatro Sociale and History Museum (Museo Storico G. Garibaldi) are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        Hotel Metropole Suisse CA $220
        Hotel Metropole Suisse

        Hotel Metropole Suisse

        Piazza Cavour 19, Como, CO
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Como City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza Cavour and Cathedral Basilica of Como. Teatro Sociale and Casa del Fascio are also within 10 minutes. Como Nord Lago Station is 6 minutes by foot and Como San Giovanni Station is 10 minutes.

          Vista Palazzo Small Luxury Hotel CA $1,264
          Vista Palazzo Small Luxury Hotel

          Vista Palazzo Small Luxury Hotel

          Piazza Cavour 24, Como
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Como City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Cavour and Como-Brunate Funicular. Torre del Comune and Broletto Plaza are also within 5 minutes. Como Nord Lago Station is only a 4-minute walk and Como San Giovanni Station is 11 minutes.

            Hotel Barchetta Excelsior CA $240
            Hotel Barchetta Excelsior

            Hotel Barchetta Excelsior

            Piazza Cavour 1, Como, CO
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Como City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Cavour and Como-Brunate Funicular. Torre del Comune and Broletto Plaza are also within 5 minutes. Como Nord Lago Station is 6 minutes by foot and Como San Giovanni Station is 9 minutes.

              Palace Hotel CA $260
              Palace Hotel

              Palace Hotel

              Lungo Lario Trieste, 16, Como, CO
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Como City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Cavour and Como-Brunate Funicular. Torre del Comune and Broletto Plaza are also within 5 minutes. Como Nord Lago Station is only a 3-minute walk and Como San Giovanni Station is 12 minutes.

                .... The Lounge in the Historic Center of Como ...
                .... The Lounge in the Historic Center of Como ...

                .... The Lounge in the Historic Center of Como ...

                Como, Lombardy
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Como City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Piazza Cavour and Como-Brunate Funicular. Torre del Comune and Broletto Plaza are also within 5 minutes. Como Nord Lago Station is 6 minutes by foot and Como San Giovanni Station is 9 minutes.