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Como-Brunate Funicular which includes a bay or harbour and a bridge

Travel to the hilltop village of Brunate on a funicular railway that is more than 100 years old. Once there, enjoy gorgeous views and follow trails through the hills. 

The Funicular Como-Brunate is an historic funicular railway that connects the lakeside town of Como with the pretty alpine village of Brunate. Admire sweeping views of Lake Como and rugged hills as you climb, and then traverse the countryside surrounding Brunate.

The funicular opened in 1894 and is both a popular tourist attraction and a means of transport for local residents.

Step on board one of the funicular’s modern air-conditioned cars and enjoy the 10-minute uphill ride. The journey takes you through a short tunnel and some densely forested areas. Once at the top, go to the public viewing gallery to see the haulage machinery that has just transported you to Brunate.

Wander through the streets of the hilltop town to find good vantage points from which to take in panoramic views over Como’s city center and Lake Como. Spot important city landmarks such as the Cathedral of Como, Piazza Cavour and Villa Olmo. On a clear and sunny day you can see the distant Italian Alps. Peek inside the local shops and have lunch in one of the traditional Italian trattorias.

Look for the signposts that lead toward Faro Voltiano, a 95-feet (29-meter) tall lighthouse. The walk to the building is about a 2-hour round trip. Climb the lighthouse’s 143-step spiral staircase for more sweeping views of the lake, hills and countryside. Another trail passes through wooded areas to the 15th-century Franciscan convent Eremo di San Donate. Alternatively, hike over the hills to Torno and then catch a boat back to Como.

The lower station of the Funicular Como-Brunate is a 10-minute walk from Piazza Cavour, in Como’s city center. Parking is available outside the funicular’s station, although spaces are limited. If you are feeling energetic then you might want to take the funicular up to Brunate and then return to Como on foot.

You can ride the funicular on any day of the week, with cars departing several times during the day. Find operating times, tariffs and lighthouse hours on the funicular’s official website.

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Palace Hotel
Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Lungo Lario Trieste, 16, Como, CO
The price is AU$228 per night from 18 Nov. to 18 Nov.
Located in Como City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza Cavour, Torre del Comune and Broletto Plaza. Como Cathedral and Casa del Fascio are ...
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"close to everything including lake and boats"

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Hilton Lake Como
Hilton Lake Como
4 out of 5
Via Borgo Vico 241, Como
The price is AU$249 per night from 18 Nov. to 18 Nov.
This family-friendly Como hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Villa Olmo and Villa Saporiti. Volta Temple (Tempio Voltiano) and Caduti ...
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"Gorgeous, new and modern. Beds were super comfy and the bathroom was huge- especially for European standards! Loved the hotel and had a great stay. Will definitely return. The only bummer was the price of the breakfast- 20 euro per person; expensive for our budget and compared to other hotels in ..."

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Hotel Villa Flori
Hotel Villa Flori
4 out of 5
Via Cernobbio, 12, Como, CO
The price is AU$247 per night from 18 Nov. to 18 Nov.
Situated on the beach, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Villa Bernasconi and Villa Olmo. Villa Erba and Villa Saporiti are also within 1 mile ...
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In Riva al Lago
In Riva al Lago
Via Benedetto e Antonio Maria Crespi 4, Como, CO
The price is AU$71 per night from 8 Nov. to 8 Nov.
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4 out of 5
Via Borgo Vico 241, Como
The price is AU$249 per night from 18 Nov. to 18 Nov.
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Hotel Villa Flori
4 out of 5
Via Cernobbio, 12, Como, CO
The price is AU$247 per night from 18 Nov. to 18 Nov.
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Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Lungo Lario Trieste, 16, Como, CO
The price is AU$228 per night from 18 Nov. to 18 Nov.
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Hotel Metropole Suisse
Hotel Metropole Suisse
4 out of 5
Piazza Cavour 19, Como, CO
The price is AU$170 per night from 4 Nov. to 4 Nov.
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Hotel Barchetta Excelsior
4 out of 5
Piazza Cavour 1, Como, CO
The price is AU$201 per night from 18 Nov. to 18 Nov.
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Vista Palazzo Small Luxury Hotel
Vista Palazzo Small Luxury Hotel
5 out of 5
Piazza Cavour 24, Como
The price is AU$1,004 per night from 27 Nov. to 27 Nov.
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Albergo Terminus Hotel
Albergo Terminus Hotel
4 out of 5
Lungo Lario Trieste 14, Como, CO
The price is AU$228 per night from 25 Nov. to 25 Nov.
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Hotel Marco's
3 out of 5
Via Coloniola 43, Como, CO
The price is AU$201 per night from 30 Oct. to 30 Oct.
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