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Isola Comacina Photo Tour, Lake Como

You can easily spot Isola Comacina from the ferry ride across the lake. It’s the only island you’ll encounter in Lake Como.

Unless you are dining at Locanda dell’isola Comacina, you may not consider a stop at this small but significant island that has been cursed for centuries. But it is worth a look and you can walk around it and admire the views in as little as half an hour.

Isola Comacina, Lake Como
Isola Comacina, island in the middle of Lake Como

Isola Comacina, Lake Como
Locanda dell’Isola Comacina, legendary restaurant with stunning views of Lake Como

Isola Comacina, Lake Como
Viale del Poeta

Isola Comacina, Lake Como
Church of San Giovanni (14th century)

Isola Comacina, Lake Como
Chiesa di San Giovanni

Isola Comacina, Lake Como

Isola Comacina, Lake Como
Remains of Sant’Eufemia Church

Isola Comacina, Lake Como
Looking out towards Sala Comacina

Isola Comacina, Lake Como
View of Sala Comacina

Isola Comacina, Lake Como
Lucia, the traditional boat on Lake Como

Isola Comacina, Lake Como
Café opposite the ferry landing

Isola Comacina, Lake Como
View of Lake Como from the café

Isola Comacina can be reached by ferry from Como. The journey takes 1.5 hours on the slow boat. If you are cruising on your way to Bellagio, you will pass the island then continue along to Villa del Balbianello (the James Bond villa) in Lenno. Information on the ferry timetables is available from


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.


  • I’ve been to Lake Como but never stopped at this island! But the coast line around here is so pretty with the Villa Balbianello and of course Richard Branson’s home next door!! Or you can visit it from Bellagio on a private launch with Lucca and Jeanette (next to the Hotel Metropole).

    • I like that it’s almost kept quiet unless you know about it. the ferries don’t often stop there so you have to plan your trip around that.
      Such a lovely part of Italy. I found Lake Como an enchanting place where I could spend a couple of months, but no longer…

    • It’s my favourite photo as well 🙂 It was well worth the little tour of the island before lunch at the Locanda. You get a feel for the place before you learn the history.

  • This must truly be one of the most beautiful places on earth. That last photo of Lake Como says it all.

    Having wonderful food and wine in this beautiful setting is pretty awesome!!