Lake Como, Italy: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

Lake Como is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The water is crystal clear and the views are simply stunning.

There are plenty of activities to keep you busy, or you can just relax and take in the scenery.

If you're planning to go to Lake Como, I have some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.

When to go to Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como can be enjoyed at any time of year. However, many people believe that the best time to visit is during the spring or autumn months, when the weather is milder and the crowds are smaller.

If you don't mind crowds, July is also great, and if you are into skiing, you can go in the winter and visit nearby slopes. See below for details.

Important essentials for Lake Como, Italy

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Lake Como, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a great value.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

 

Activities for Lake Como, Italy

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Lake Como.


  • Private sunset sailing yacht cruise

    This is a can't miss. Experience an evening in the life of the jet-set, enjoying a private yacht cruise of Lake Como. We've been on a lot of boat charters, and this may be the best place in the world to do it.

    Check out the tour


  • Pasta and Tiramisu class

    Love food? This is a great opportunity to learn to cook some classic Italian dishes. Yum!

    Check out the tour


  • Lake Como kayak tour

    If you're looking to do something more active, consider a kayak tour of the lake. See the amazing views and enjoy the breeze while you pass the mansions and cliffs.

    Check out the tour

 

What to wear/what to pack for Lake Como, Italy by month

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January

If you are traveling to Lake Como in January, you will notice that it is brisk. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the 40s F (single digits C). There is frost about half of the time. If you are into skiing, you can visit during the winter and visit Madesimo nearby.

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February

February in Lake Como is cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain 5-10 days this month. There is frost about a third of the time.

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March

March in Lake Como is cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C), with a few days below 32 F (single digits C). It tends to rain about a third of the time.

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April

If you vacation in Lake Como during April, you might find that it is cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly.

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May

If you vacation in Lake Como during May, you are likely to see that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C).

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June

June in Lake Como is a perfect temperature. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C). This is a great time to visit if you want to avoid the huge crowds that come mid-summer.

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July

July in Lake Como is extremely warm. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) to low 80s F (high 20s C). But beware: there are a lot of tourists at this time.

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August

August in Lake Como is warm. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) to high 70s F (mid 20s C).

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September

If you visit Lake Como during September, you might notice that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

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October

October in Lake Como is crisp. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C).

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November

November in Lake Como is pretty cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C), with a few days below 32 F (single digits C). It tends to rain regularly.

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December

December for Lake Como is pretty cool. Temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) during the day. There is frost regularly. It rains regularly.

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