Find yourself in the unspoilt nature, let be enchanted by the rare beauty of small towns, get inspired by the culture and traditions of this land and experience the emotions of outdoor activities.
Como Lake was not only a romantic travel-destination for poets like Stendhal, Mark Twain and Flaubert but also birthplace and habitation for many celebrities (Matthew Bellamy, John Kerry, Madonna, George Clooney, Gianni Versace, Ronaldinho, Sylvester Stallone, Julian Lennon, Richard Branson, Ben Spies, and Pierina Legnani)
The city of Lecco on Lake Como is closely connected to the life and work of the famous Italian writer Alessandro Manzoni (1785-1873). The plot of his famous novel, the romantic love story “I Promessi Sposi”, in English “The Betrothed”, is set in Lecco on Lake Como and the surrounding area.
Como Lake, also known as Lario, is the third largest of the Italian lakes (after Garda Lake and Maggiore Lake) and, with a maximum depth of approximately 410 meters, is also one of the deepest lakes in Europe. Its characteristic shape, reminiscent of an inverted Y, results from the melting of glaciers.
Located at the foot of the Alps, Lake Como provides one of the most picturesque sceneries in the world.
The blue of the water and the green of the surrounding hills and the Alps in the north, give wonderful views and landscapes. If you’re going to visit the Italian lakes, you’ll be surprised to learn about the many things to do at the Como Lake.
The shores of Lake Como are studded with beaches and resorts and each beach is different and gives you another view of the lake.
One of the best things to do in Lake Como is to rent a boat or to take the public boat transport and explore the lake on your own sailing from coast to coast. Almost every town on the shores of the lake has a boat port, where you can buy your ticket and ask for information.
Lake Como is surrounded with villas with wonderful Gardens and many other historic residences overlooking the water. The villas at the Lake Como are some of the most beautiful destinations in Italy. Some of them have become luxury hotels, while others provide exceptional activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Those who love hiking can find many natural paths. Lake Como is surrounded by a lot of hills and mountains, which offer lots of places for hiking and trekking with different difficulty levels. During your walk, you might come across several refuges or inns, where you can taste some traditional food.
The Como Lake is also ideal for all those who like cycling on the road and exploring the coast by bike. And in the northern Part of the Lake there is also a cycling way along the river Adda, and you can reach Switzerland and Silvaplana throw cycling ways, passing by Chiavenna.
The Como Lake is wonderful to do water sports (sailing, kitesurfing and windsurfing), thank to the winds that blow on this lake.
For Kitesurfing the beaches are not so big to allow beginners to start kiting there, so all schools at the Como Lake (like at the Garda Lake) make lessons from the Boats. Schools take people out on the Lake with the boat and start the lesson directly on the water blowing up and preparing the Kites in the middle of the Lake. The wind that is ideal for Kitesurfing especially for beginners, is the thermic wind called Breva; the place where the Thermic Wind Breva starts is at the level of Dervio and Cremia where the lake becomes tighter and thank also to Ventury effect the wind gets stronger there. All schools drive their boats up there.
Teaching from the boat is a good way of taking care of the students: they are in the water the whole time, and they can practice the bodydrag, the waterstarts, riding and tricks followed by the instructor on the boat. Many Schools, as our school, make only private lesson with walky talky assistance in order to offer the best quality level for the lesson. In this way of teaching drifting downwind is not a problem, the boat follows each person for kilometres and at the end of the session everyone is picked up on the boat and brought back to the port or to the beach. There, every one can prepare the Kites for the next session and have a nice evening at the Kitebar together with all other kiters.
Every kiter that is already able to ride upwind can chose to start from the land on one of the small beaches, or to make a “shuttle” with a boat that takes everyone out on the water and picks up at the end of the kitesurf session.
Our school gives every one a pocket to put into the phone so that in any moment people can call the instructor on the boat.
Using the shuttle service with the boat is a safe way of kiting at the Como Lake so as at the Garda Lake too where the beaches are not so long, and if the wind drops or there are some problems, and you drift downwind, you have not many possibilities to go out on a beach.
During the Lake Como holidays, you can also go from Como to Milan by train and visit the capital of the region, the capital of fashion, in order to see a different side of Lombardy. There you can find the most trendy discobars and restaurant of Italy, in the world of Fashion, art, theatres, night life events of all kinds.
When you are at the Lake Como, things to do will keep you busy all the time!
Wind and Weather at the Como Lake: kitesurfing with a constant thermic Wind
The weather in Lake Como is very similar to that of the Mediterranean climate due to this alpine location having it’s own micro-climate due to the lake. Because of this unusual weather system, you will see a variety of trees including palm trees which you wouldn’t expect to see in a mountain location. In the winter, the lake helps to maintain a higher temperature in the surrounding region. Average daily temperatures range from about 4°C in January to 25°C in July and August. Water temperatures can reach an average of 24 °C during the month of July and August.
Como Lake is ideal for kiting because of the consistent thermal winds that provide great conditions from April through to October
Lake Como experiences four major winds
Blowing from the South. It’s the main wind on Lake Como, the thermic Wind that develops when the days are Sunny and when no opposing North Pressure Wind is blowing. This thermic wind is stronger at the level of Dervio and Cremia where the lake gets tighter (for the venturi effect). This is the predominant wind regime from April to September and the stretch is about 15-18 Knots. And is the ideal wind for kitesurfing.
Blows the whole year from 6-10am from the North east. Is the thermic Wind of the night opposite to the the breva. For advanced kiters, this wind can be good for early morning sessions the strengts is about 15-18 knots.
Blowing from the North, often after a thunderstorm in the mountains with gusts up to 25-30 Knots. Not recommended for beginner kitesurfer.
Comes from the South with strong gusts, mainly after thunderstorms in summer. This wind is also not recommended for beginners.
A lot of kitesurfer and wind sport enthusiasts use Windguru and Windfinder to check conditions before their trips. These websites are great in predicting the wind at the seaside, but they don’t work for the Como Lake and for other lakes with thermic winds and for predicting thermic winds in general. The reason for this is that they model their forecasts on larger-scale pressure systems and don’t pick up the smaller-scale thermal regimes or the influence of the local topography in accelerating the wind.
We recommend to use a combination of weather forecasts to predict the wind direction. The strength will not be predictable but if there are sunny days the thermic wind will blow starting at 12:00 until sunset at about 15-18 knots