Lake Como from above
Como is not only an elegant city, dotted with graceful villas and ancient churches. Just a few steps from the old town centre, you can take a ride on cable car that will bring you to a vantage point from where you can enjoy a splendid panoramic view and set off on wonderful scenic walks.
It is the Como Brunate funicular railway. Built at the end of the 19th century, it replaced the old mule track that used to connect the two towns, allowing for quick and easy travel: it only takes seven minutes to complete the entire journey. Today, although motorisation has completely changed the way we get around, a trip on this historic funicular is a must for anyone discovering Como.
The funicular operates every day from 6.00 am to 10.30 pm except on Christmas, when reduced hours apply from 8.00 am to 12.00 pm. On Saturdays and during the summer period you can also make the journey under the stars, until midnight.
Due to its panoramic location, Brunate has been nicknamed the 'balcony over the Alps': from here, your gaze will sweep from the mountains to the lake and, on clear days, as far as Monte Rosa, the Apennines and the skyline of Milan. Before returning to Como, take a photo of the Campari Fountain, one of 12 commissioned by the famous brand in the 1930s.
If you’re an avid walker, leave the centre of Brunate and, in less than half an hour, reach the Faro Voltiano lighthouse, erected in 1927 to commemorate Alessandro Volta on the centenary of his death. Climb the 143 steps to the circular balconies at the top: the effort will be amply rewarded by the splendid view.