Province of Como

Historical places, uncontaminated landscapes and the great lake that borders the boundaries and gets lost in the horizon. It is the province of Como, between the Alps and the Po Valley, one of the most famous and suggestive places in the whole Lombardy region. The province of Como includes in fact natural places of extraordinary beauty, such as the western branch of Lake Como, ("set among the mountains like a hidden jewel"); or the austere neoclassical constructions that surround and embellish every town in the province; or "La Via Regina", an ancient road route that winds around the lake and reaches the town of Chiavenna, at the foot of the Swiss Alps. The province of Como, among the most extensive in Lombardy, is truly an "enchanted place", which includes the lake considered by many to be "the most beautiful in the world" and breathtaking landscapes. The province of Como includes 149 municipalities: one of the main ones is the homonymous provincial capital but also the small municipality of Maneggio, one of the most characteristic medieval villages; the city of Cantù (among the most populous of the province), with the extraordinary museum complex of Galliano and the town of Bellagio ("the pearl of the Lario"), where the branches of Lake Como meet. On the characteristics of the territory, the province of Como has a total area of ​​over 2 thousand km² and borders to the north-west with Switzerland (Canton Ticino), to the east with the province of Bergamo and Sondrio and to the south with the province of Monza and Brianza.

Varenna - Province of Como

Varenna - Province of Como (Source: Ray In Manula - CC BY 2.0)

How to reach the province of Como

By car

There are numerous motorway arteries and ring roads in the province of Como, which connect the provincial capital and the major localities with the nearby cities of Milan and Lecco in Lombardy, but also with the main Italian cities (such as Turin, Venice, Rome and Florence). Among the main highways that cross the territory of Como the Autostrada A8 "Autostrada dei Laghi", which connects Como to the cities of Milan and Varese and which reaches the Swiss border of Brogeda, on the other hand, between the road arteries are the SS36 national road , which connects the province of Como with the municipality of Lecco and the SS583 ("Lariana") that leads to the towns of Varese and Bergamo.It is recalled that the main localities in Lombardy as the capital of Como have established the LTZ all ' Inside the old town center To avoid long waits in the access gates for cars there are public transport parking lots, or we suggest that the rental service with driver (NCC) offered by you can reach simple and comfortable all the destinations of the province.

By plane

The province of Como is about 60 km from the international airport of Milan Malpensa, in the municipality of Varese, and about 65 km from the Milan Linate airport. The presence of both airports in the vicinity of the Como area ensure direct connections not only with the main Italian destinations (Alghero, Bari, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Crotone, Lamezia Terme, Palermo, Pescara, Trapani, Naples and Rome), but even with the most famous European capitals even with low cost airline flights. To reach the city of Como from the Milan Malpensa airport you can use the Malpensa Express shuttle service that connects the airport with the Milano Cadorna station: from here connections every 30 minutes with the Como Nord Lago station. Milan Linate to reach the Como area is recommended the Starfly bus service that will take you to Milan Central Station. From here there are many connections to the Como San Giovanni station.

By train or bus

The entire province of Como, located in a strategic position in the Lombardy region, is served by a dense railway network that offers regional, national (Turin, Venice, Florence, Rome and Naples) and international connections also with high-speed routes. The main main hub lies in the capital of Como: in fact, the city of Como has three railway stations (Como San Giovanni, Como North Lake and Como Borghi), which provide fast and fast connections to the Milan Cadorna and Milano Porta Garibaldi stations (approx. 60 minutes), but also with the towns of Lecco (about 70 minutes) and Saronno (about 40 minutes). The main railway companies present in the Como area are Trenitalia, Italo Treno and Trenord. To find timetables, destinations and promotions, it is advisable to visit the website of the transport companies, where it will also be possible to buy the ticket. In order to reach the province of Como by bus, it is possible to use the transport service offered by many private companies of extra-urban buses. Most of the buses that serve in the territory depart and arrive from the Como bus station (Piazza Matteotti). The main transport company in the area is Autolinee ASF , which offers connections to the localities of the province and beyond.

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