Lake Como Boat Rental
Lake Como, situated in Northern Italy, is notorious for its breath-taking scenery set against the foothills of the Alps. Lake Como boat rental is a perfect idea for small or large groups of people. This is because there is lots 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. Flexible date change or cancellation is available up to 15 days before check-in on selected vessels, so be sure to check with the individual boat owners what the conditions are for your chosen boat.
Why should you consider a Lake Como boat rental?
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 while a skipper guides your Lake Como boat rental to all the best places! Or perhaps you would prefer to captain your own vessel? The choice is absolutely yours, either way, it’s certainly the experience of a lifetime. Who knows, you might even spot George Clooney!
How much does Lake Como boat hire cost?
There are many different factors that can affect the price of Lake Como boat rental. A few of these factors include the size and model of the boat, the season, the duration of your trip and the type of boat. If you want to rent a skippered Lake Como charter, this will also usually cost more as well. Below is a list of prices according to boat type:
For a Lake Como boat rental with no licence, prices start at $281 per half day, $420 per full day or $1615 per week during low season, but rise to $305 per half day, $443 per full day, or $2307 per week during high season.
To hire a Lake Como speed boat, you will typically need to pay at least $323 for a half day, $600 for a full day, or $4198 for a week.
A Lake Como yacht rental can cost anywhere from around $760 per half day, $1442 per full day, or $10092 per week.
Can you find a Lake Como boat rental with or without a skipper?
Yes, it is possible to go boating on Lake Como either with or without a skipper. However, to book a bareboat charter, you must make sure that you have the appropriate boating licence. If in doubt, check with the boat owner before booking the boat to ensure no nasty surprises when you get there.
A skippered charter on Lake Como is perfect for people who want to relax during their nautical adventure, without having to worry about the technicalities of sailing the boat. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a trip that’s full of adventure and spontaneity, you should book up a bareboat charter and take your Lake Como boat hire wherever you please, stopping off whenever you want.
What weather and sailing conditions can you expect while boating on Lake Como?
The weather on Lake Como is subject to great seasonal variation. You will typically see the hottest temperatures for your lake Como boat rental in July, when the temperature can get as high as 80°F (26.5°C). In contrast, January is the coldest month, with temperatures dipping as low as 29°F (-1.5°C).
The wettest month in Lake Como, which usually sees around 4.1 inches (10.4cm) of rain, is May. On the other hand, if you go in January, which usually sees just 1.6 inches (4.1cm), you are guaranteed plenty of sun. April is the windiest month, with wind speeds getting as high as 4.5 mph (7.2 kph). August is usually the calmest month, with wind speeds reaching just 3.6 mph (5.8 kph).
When is the best time for a Lake Como boat hire
The best time to go boating on Lake Como depends on what sort of holiday you’re looking for. If you want the best temperatures, you should go during the summer months. However, during this time, there will likely be a lot of tourists, and for people who aren’t used to the sticky summer heat in Italy, the temperatures may be a little overwhelming. May is the month when you will probably get the best mixture of slightly fewer tourists and more manageable temperatures, but you should be prepared for a little more rain in this month (although this could help to cool you down a little). Generally speaking, we would recommend a Lake Como boat rental in either April or May, to avoid the crowds of tourists and take advantage of temperatures that are warm, but not too much so.
What to do with your Lake Como boat rental
Majestic Alps, lush green vegetation and colourful villages, glorious historic villas like Villa d’Este, castles like Castello di Vezio, and the blue lake dotted with motorboats: this is your daily panorama. There are a wide variety of towns and villages on the shores of the lake, so a Lake Como charter truly is the best way to explore. Renting a boat gives you freedom of movement over the whole lake, and renting for a week will often get you price discounts. The larger towns, such as Lecco, Varenna, Bellagio and Como itself are magnificent lakeside towns, with ports or marinas that are well-equipped for the bustling lake traffic. You can pick up your Lake Como boat hire (with skipper or without) in Lecco or in Porto di Laglio, just north of Como.
Some say that Lake Como is a ‘shopper’s paradise’. It has a full range of services which you would expect to find in a large city centre. If you don’t feel like getting your ‘shop’ on, 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.
Visit Isola Comacina
You will need to book a Lake Como boat rental to visit the lake’s only island. Renting for a week (with or without skipper) gives you plenty of time to visit this small island of ancient woods and gardens. Although practically uninhabited now (there are some tourist facilities including restaurants), it is truly fascinating and well worth a visit. You feel the touch of the island’s rich 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, yet beautiful green dot in the centre of the lake.
How to get to your Lake Como boat rental?
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.