Lake Como Weather December Averages, Italy
Located in the north of Italy, Lake Como is the country's third largest lake and has become an upscale holiday destination that's even visited by celebrities. The region is an area of outstanding natural beauty, surrounded by vast glacial mountains, lush vegetation and picturesque lake views wherever you turn.
Lake Como is fortunate that it is subject to a mild Mediterranean climate, with warm, sunny summers and pleasant winter weather. This, along with the spectacular views, makes the towns and villages dotted around the lake a popular tourist destination all year round.
December brings the start of winter to Lake Como and with it comes lower temperatures. Daytime temperatures in December usually sit around an average 5°C but can reach highs of 7°C on some days. Temperatures do drop on an evening, to a low of around 2°C so make sure to pack some warmer clothes and a jacket if you're visiting Lake Como in December. Freezing temperatures are virtually unheard of though, even during winter, making the area a great getaway for those wanting to escape the harsh British winter weather.
December isn't one of the sunniest months of the year, but there is still plenty of sunshine to be see. Like November, December sees an average of 6 hours of sunshine every day in Lake Como.
Although temperatures are low in December, one advantage of this time of year is the relatively dry weather. Unlike many European countries, the amount of rainfall actually drops in December to one of the lowest amounts of the year. Lake Como sees just 46mm of precipitation this month, with around 11 wet days. This makes it a perfect time for visitors to explore the outdoors.
If you're looking for a peaceful Christmas getaway, Lake Como has it all, from great weather to stunning scenery.
Where to stay
Hotel Monte Codeno
The Hotel Monte Codeno in Varenna offers budget-friendly rooms located just a few minutes' walk from the lakeside and the ferry, making it a great base to explore the whole region. Each room is ensuite and well equipped, with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. A buffet breakfast is served every morning and renowned chef Ferruccio Castelli serves local fish specialities in the on-site restaurant.
In the small fishing village of Nobiallo, the Hotel Garden is slightly more expensive, but the location, right on Lake Como's shore, is worth splashing out for. Guests can enjoy a relaxing stay at this family-run hotel, with a private balcony in each room that offers amazing lake views. Menaggio is just 2km, or a 15 minute walk away where holiday makers will find a variety of restaurants and bars.
Eating and drinking
Italy loves food, and Lake Como is no different. Travellers will find some of the best food in the country here, from authentic Italian dishes to local specialties. In the town of Mandello de Lario, Aquaduulza makes great use of its lakeside location, serving some of the best seafood in the area. Guests can sample the local favourite of fresh lake fish such as the lake trout, alongside other dishes including homemade pasta and risotto. The delicious food at Aquaduuluza is rivalled only by the breath-taking views over Lake Como.
For a slice of real Italian dining, head to Pizzeria Spluga in Sorico. Pizzas here are cooked the traditional way, in a wood-burning fire for that signature thin and crispy base. It's not just pizzas on offer here though; there's something to suit everyone from anti pasti to fresh pasta dishes and delicious desserts.
After dark, Lake Como has a great night life that remains sophisticated. For after dinner drinks, head to Cantina Follie in the town of Tremezzo. A small but bustling bar, this is where the locals meet to enjoy a glass of wine or prosecco in ambient surroundings.
Things to do
In December, the lakeside towns of Lake Como come to life with magic. Towns and villages are decorated with millions of fairy lights and Christmas trees are on every street corner. There are plenty of Christmas markets around for tourists to visit too. On December 8th each year, the market appears in the small town of Nobiallo selling all sorts of homemade craft gifts and traditional Italian food and drink.
While it may not seem like a shopper's paradise, Lake Como is close to the fashion capital of Milan, which means there are many stylish boutiques and stores to be found. The city of Como is the best place to head for a day of shopping. Silk production is big in Lake Como and as a result, beautiful silk scarves are for sale all over the region, so make sure to pick one up for someone back home.
If the weather takes a turn for the worse, Varenna's many art galleries are a great option for a fun cultural way to spend an afternoon. The Roberto Butta Gallery and the Open Lake & Landscape Studio d'Arte both have fabulous paintings of Lake Como, perfect for taking home as Christmas presents.
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