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About Cernobbio

Graceful Cernobbio with its pristine views of Lake Como is now probably best known for George Clooney. He has a villa in Laglio, which is just 10kms up the road and apparently he loves to come down to the water’s edge cafes at Cernobbio. This is where those lakeside scenes from Oceans 12 were shot. It used to be quite separate from the lake capital, Como, but it’s slowly being caught in the tendrils of Como’s residential suburbs which makes it quite convenient for visitors. The best places to stay in Cernobbio are the beautiful villas which line the waterfront - the ones with the balconies hanging right out over the lake.

What not to miss:

  • Take a hike along the 100km stretch of "Via dei monti lariani" and enjoy the panoramic views.
  • Visit the nineteenth century Villa d'Este and admire its glorious gardens.
  • Villa Erba is an interesting sixteenth century women's monastery.
  • Sit in one of the waterfront cafes and idle away lazy hours over a cocktail.

Several of our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Cernobbio offer this luxury, as well as numerous others. It’s that kind of a town.

For a lakeside location

  • If you want to be right on Lake Como, try the Villa d'Este, one of the more traditional five star hotels, the kind with grand state rooms, chandeliers, heavy fabrics, private balconies and private boats.
  • Like the Villa d’Este, Villa Flori is right on the water’s edge at Cernobbio. As well as the unbeatable setting, the Villa Flori has 52 contemporary chic rooms and suites, some with enormous balconies which hang out over the lake. The restaurant offers alfresco dining from an Italian menu, plus there’s a lovely pool and spa.

For romance

  • Casa Santo Stefano is an elegant adults only bolthole, with stunning views from a hillside location. Accommodation is chic and modern and there's a lovely pool for relaxing after a day exploring the area. With only four rooms, it's perfect for a romantic break!

For an apartment or villa

  • If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner Booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.

Travel information

  • Fly to either Milan Malpensa or Milan Linate both situated around an hour's drive from Cernobbio.
  • Best time to visit - Spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October) are ideal times to visit the Italian Lakes with comfortable temperatures and fewer crowds.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars for the best prices.

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      Best Hotels in Cernobbio

      • Casa Santo Stefano 4 rooms from £134


        Casa Santo Stefano is an elegant, adults only guest house decorated in modern style with four chic guest rooms. Each has a small private lounge area and some have balconies with lake views. Unwind by the pool after a day exploring the surrounding area, and help yourself to the honesty bar!

        Views  -  Stunning views over Lake Como
        Sights nearby  -  The small town of Cernobbio
        Great walks  -  Parco Spina Verde di Como
        Restrictions on children  -  Adults only property
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      • Villa Flori 52 rooms from £153


        An unbeatable setting on the water's edge of Lake Como. A beautiful hotel with fabulous facilities. Contemporary chic rooms and suites, some with enormous balconies overhanging the lake. Al fresco dining, delicious Italian cuisine, spa and pool. La Dolce Vita!

        Romantic  -  A fairytale setting and rooms to match!
        Views  -  Stunning views over the lake.
        Romantic Break
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      • Villa d'Este 152 rooms from £386


        Romantic lakeside opulence without compromise. Almost regal bedrooms, suites, and villas have rich chintzy fabrics, chandeliers and private balconies. Spectacular lake views, excellent restaurant, pool and spa, and private boats. Magnificently special.

        Views  -  Stunning views over Lake Como
        Romantic Break
        Recommended by  -  CN Traveller, Tablet
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