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Not all visits to Lake Como are about waterfront towns – a trip up into the hills over the lake to Brunate offers spectacular views. The small hilltop town overlooks not just Lake Como, but the town of Como itself. The two are roughly 1,600 feet apart, so while you won't be dipping your toes in the lake from Brunate, you'll be enjoying views that the people in Como can't see.
The Como-Brunate Funicular linking the towns was built in 1894, but you can keep going up even after you reach Brunate – climb the steps to the 1920s lighthouse for an even better view.
There is a steep path between Como and Brunate, but the best way to get from the lower to the upper town is by the funicular. The funicular costs €2.90 one-way, €5.25 round-trip for adults (€1.90/€3.20 for children), and runs every half-hour from mid-April through mid-September 8am-12am, and only until 10:30pm the rest of the year.
Address: Brunate, Italy
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Brunate
Lake Como offers dazzling scenery, but taking on steep slopes encircling the lake on foot can be daunting. With this open-top jeep tour, enjoy sweeping views from the historic Volta lighthouse and other scenic overlooks without getting footsore. Admire the elegant 19th-century villas lining the lake shore and visit the picturesque villages of Brunate and San Maurizio perched above its waters, with plenty of stops to snap photos.
This trip perfect for e-bikes combines nature and a healthy bike ride with the enjoyment of local mountain food. We will initially take a funicular ride to skip the first asphalt climb, we will then keep riding uphill on gravel roads and paths near Monte Boletto with stunning views over Lake Como, Lake Pusiano and Northern Lombardia. Time for a well deserved lunch in a nice & cosy chalet. The way back to the starting point is on easy downhills. (Lunch is optional and not included in the displayed your price. Menu is "a la carte", indicative cost: 15-20 EUR per person). Data: Distance: 20 km - Elevation Gain: 600 m - Riding Time: 3 hours Technical Level: M(1/5) - E-Bike Physical Level: M(2/5)
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
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