All about boat hire in Lake Como
Lake Como is situated in Northern Italy. It is notorious for its breathtaking scenery set against the foothills of the Alps. Boat hire in Lake Como is a perfect idea for small or large groups of people. This is because there is lot’s to explore and you definitely don’t want to miss out on those idyllic shorelines. The shape of the lake resembles an upside-down Y, with three branches that meet together at the resort town of Bellagio. At the bottom of the southwest branch, you will find the city of Como, which is very well known for its architecture and access to the mountain town of Brunate.
Enchanting Lake Como is a boaters’ paradise. If you are wondering how to rent a boat for a week, with or without skipper, and the relative prices, then you are spoilt for choice. Motorboats are popular, favoured by the typical Como jet-set clientele. If you want to be part of the international glamour scene and experience the thrill of jetting around these exclusive and beguiling waters in a snazzy speedboat, then take advantage of Lake Como’s fuss-free rental facilities and book your boat, with skipper or without, for as long as you like. Most book for a week, and prices vary according to type and size of boat.
Why you should think about boat hire in Lake Como
In order to experience the freedom of the water, boat hire in Lake Como is imperative. Without a boat, it would be impossible to discover all the magical places around the lake. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views with a skipper or perhaps you would prefer to captain your own vessel? The choice is absolutely yours, either way, it’s certainly an experience of a lifetime. Who knows, you might even spot George Clooney!
What to do with your boat in Lake Como
Majestic Alps, lush green vegetation and colourful villages, here and there glorious historic villas (Villa d’Este), castles (Castello di Vezio) and the blue lake dotted with motorboats: this is your daily panorama. Most towns/villages are on the shores of the lake, so the best way to get around is by boat charter. Renting a boat gives you freedom of movement over the whole lake, and often renting for a week could get you price discounts. The larger towns, Lecco, Varenna, Bellagio and Como itself are magnificent lakeside towns, with ports or marinas for the bustling lake traffic. You can pick-up your rented motorboat (with skipper or without) in Lecco or in Porto di Laglio, just north of Como.
Some say Lake Como is a ‘shopper’s paradise’. It has a full range of services which you would expect to find in a large centre. If you don’t feel like getting your ‘shop’ on then why not head to the historic centre and have a wander around the cathedral. The pedestrianised piazza has many cafes and restaurants for you to indulge. There are nice views, a faded pink church to visit and lots of walking trails for the more energetic.
You will need to charter a boat to visit the lake’s only island. Renting for a week (with or without skipper) gives you time to visit this small island of ancient woods and gardens. Although practically uninhabited now (there are some tourist facilities including restaurants), it has particular fascination, well worth a visit. You feel the history here: Comacina has seen Roman legions and the armies of Frederico Barbarossa. It was a strategic centre until the middle-ages when it supported the wrong side in wars between Como and Milan. The people fled and since then it has been this half-wild, half-prized, pretty green dot in the lake.
When to rent a boat in Lake Como
Between the months of May and September, the temperature in Como will usually stay above the 25 °C mark which makes it the perfect time to sail.
How to get to your boat rental in Lake Como
There are 3 airports in Milan. Malpensa (40 mins), Linate (40 Mins) and Milan Bergamo (60-70 mins). They are all accessible by bus from the airport itself to Milano Centrale station and then by train direct to Como San Giovanni station, where you can pick up a bus to anywhere else on the Lake.