Useful Information

Information to plan a holiday on Lake Como

In this page, you can find some useful information for tourists want to reach Lake Como spending an unforgettable holiday.

Information for Travellers: information to know for visiting Lake Como

Documents, Customs and Licenses

Documents and Visa: incoming EU, EEA and CH citizens are required to produce an identity card valid for expatriation or a valid passport. Based on their nationality, country of residence, travel reasons and length of stay, citizens from countries outside the EU, EEA and CH must apply for an entry visa for Italy.
Customs: within UE There are no quantitative limits, except for tobacco (800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1 kg. of smoking tobacco) and for Alcoholic beverages ( 10 liters of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of more than 22%, 20 liters of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of less than 22%). For Extra UE travelers, the limitations are: tobacco (200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of smoking tobacco), alcoholic beverages (1 liter of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of more than 22%).
Driving License: the driving licences released in UE are valid for Italy; for Extra UE licences, they must be combined with an international driving licence.

Roaming, Currency, Emergency

Roaming: if your mobile operator is European, you don’t have any costs. If you are coming from Switzerland or Extra UE countries, verify the costs with your operator and pay attention for extra costs if you use the 3G/4G connections in Italy.
Currency: the currency is Euro.
Time Zone: Italy is located in the Central European time zone (GMT+1). The legal time (+1h) is from the last Sunday of March to the last Sunday of October.
Emergency number is 112.


You can reach Italy with your pet; coming from UE countries, the animals must be identified by means of a clearly readable microchip or tattoo and must be provided with a valid Community passport certifying the execution of rabies vaccination. Conditions valid for animals from Andorra, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Munich, Norway, San Marino and Vatican City. Coming from Extra UE countries, the animals must be identified with a certificate of origin and health released by official bureau recognized by Italian institutions.

Information for Travellers: how to reach Lake Como

By Plane

Lake Como is easy to reach by plane. There are four main airports in the nearby area: Milano Malpensa (MXP), Milano Linate (LIN), Bergamo Orio al Serio (GBY) and Zurich (ZRH). Connections to Lake Como with train shuttles from Milano Malpensa and train connections from Milano Linate.

By Train

You can get to Lake Como easily by train. The main train companies operating in Lake Como area are Trenitalia (EuroCity), Trenord (regional and suburban lines) and TILO (international from Milan and Bellinzona).

By Car

It is extremely easy to reach Lake Como by car. Both Como and Lecco are reachable from Milan in less than an hour. Como is close to Switzerland and Chiasso is less than 10 minutes away.

From Milan To Como – Follow the instruction for the highway “Autostrada dei Laghi” Como/Varese and take the highway A9 (Lainate-Como-Chiasso)
From Switzerland to Como – it is suggested to use the highway A2 (Basilea – Chiasso)
From Milan to Lecco – The quickest path to use the SS 36 (Nuova Valassina)
From Bergamo to Como – The best way to reach Como from Bergamo (Orio Airport) is to go through Milan, and then take SP 342 and SP 671
From Bergamo to Lecco – The best way to reach Lecco from Bergamo (Orio Airport) Est is through SP 342 and SP 671
From Sondrio to Como – You can reach Como from Sondrio from the east or the west side of the Lake. The shortest path is through Lecco (SS 38 and SS 36) and then from Lecco to Como (SP 639)
From Sondrio to Lecco – Take route SS 38 and then SS 36 to get to Lecco.

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