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Situated between Central Europe and the Mediterranean, Como must have been a welcome town to visit for those travelers who crossed the Alpine passes to Italy. A city that is a mix of cultures, it is one of scenic beauty. Located on the shores of Lake Como, the area’s unique geographical position in Northern Italy is home to its own unique microclimate. The result is relatively mild weather throughout the year. Summers are warm but yet never particularly rainy or overly humid, with thunderstorms frequent from June to August, while the winters are generally brisk without ever being truly cold. There is occasional snow between December and February, but it melts quickly and it is possible to have mild sunny days, ideal for hiking, even in the middle of winter.
Average highs in July and August during the day can reach the 80s, but sometimes get down to the 50s at night, so even if you’re visiting in the summer a light jacket is recommended. Winters range from the mid-30s during the day to the mid- to upper-20s at night. The lake produces a bit of a damp chill, and a warmer coat is a good idea. This unique climate allows semi-tropical plants to survive year round among the laurels, unusual for Central Europe.
Provided you realize that you’ll need a sweater and/or coat, any time can be ideal to visit Como, and the city has a calendar filled with events to welcome the traveler all year round.
It is important to note that altough Lake Como has became a much-frequented tourist destination, the permanent residential population of the Como area is nearly half a million, so even in low season (October-May) all shops are open and there is a vast selection of restaurants, bars and hotels from which to choose. Ferries in low season run on a reduced schedule but are active every day including Sundays and public holidays. Fast hydrofoil service to Bellagio and the mid-lake area runs continuously as well. Como is a popular weekend destination for families from Milan, so even on Sundays and in low season many establishments are open.