Day Trip to Isola Comacina and Lunch on the Island and and exploring ruins tour.
We decided to visit the island on a sunny Saturday in October. It was a very quite day with just a few boats on the lake and a bunch of tourist on the island… let me say it was the perfect day to visit Isola Comacina!
The Island gets overcrowded during the summer month due to the huge number of boats and holidaymakers visiting the island for it’s shallow and clear water.
There are different ways to get to the island:
- Swimming – If you used to swim in very cold water you can give it a chance in August (Maybe 🙂
- Using the public boat service.
- By taxi boat – My preferred option as I don’t like waiting.
So we opted for a local taxi boat service from the small port of Sala Comacina, just in front of the restaurants.
You just have to walk till the end of the small pier and wait there for the boatman to arrive (very quickly as the other “stops” can be spotted a few hundreds meters far away).
We landed on the island after just a few minutes of easy cruise on smooth velvet waters from the mainland and we headed straight to the famous “Locanda dell’Isola Comacina“, the only restaurant on the island.
Isola Comacina is a small island in Lake Como, belonging to the Ossuccio. It is located close to the western shore of the Como arm of the lake in front of a gulf known as Zoca de l’oli, referring to the local small-scale production of olive oil.
Isola Comacina is the only Island located in Lake Como and has a long history dating back to the Roman times. However in 1169 it was completely destroyed by Barbarossa.
The Island is nowadays known for it’s distinctive nature and splendid views, which makes the island a popular Day Tour destination.