Lake Como Weather May Averages, Italy
The Lombardy region of Italy is home to the world famous Italian Lake District and one of the most popular destinations, Lake Como. The huge, Y-shaped lake is located in the north of Italy, just 45km from the city of Milan. With a mild Mediterranean climate and beautiful, European-style architecture, it is no wonder that the lake is a popular getaway for the rich and famous.
May is a great time to visit Lake Como as the spring season really gets going and the sun shine is in abundance. May is one of the best months for sun-worshippers to head on over to Lake Como with 11 hours of sunshine each day on average. Whenever you visit through the month there will be a good chance you will see plenty of sunshine, so make sure you bring plenty of sun cream if you're visiting Lake Como in May.
The sun brings with it an increase in temperatures, as May sees a pleasant, but not uncomfortable average temperature of 16°C compared to April's 12°C. Highs can even reach a balmy 20°C in May, but cool winds from the lake will ensure it never feels too stuffy. Temperatures will drop on a night in Lake Como, but not too much. Average low temperatures are around 12°C, so you shouldn't feel too cold on an evening.
Unfortunately for some, May is known to be one of the wettest month of the year in the Lake Como area. In an average year, 128mm of rain will fall and there will be 16 wet days out of 31, so visitors to the region during May should pack a raincoat.
If you don't mind the odd shower or two, May is a fantastic time to visit Lake Como. The wonderful lake and mountain vistas and the glorious sunshine more than makes up for the wet days.
Where to stay
For those who appreciate history, the 19th Century style Hotel Borgovico in Via Borgovico brings together an enticing mix of old and new; a classic building with fascinating architecture and all the modern comforts including air conditioning and LCD TVs. Rooms start at around £50 per night and the staff are more than happy to help arrange the following day's activities.
If you're looking for accommodation in Bellagio, check out Hotel Bellagio which offers a luxurious and relaxing stay. One of the best-rated hotels is the area, it combines a central location with fabulous views over Lake Como. Rooms here are comfortable and decorated in a contemporary style with many of them overlooking the lake. Guests can enjoy free access to the gym and sauna as well as continental breakfast every morning.
Eating and drinking
Lake Como has a number of fantastic dining options in every town and village. Located in the centre of Como in the main square, in front of the lake, L'Ambrosiano bar and restaurant makes a perfect stop off after a busy day of shopping or sightseeing. Diners can sample some traditional Italian apperativo as well as some great lunch and dinner options including oysters and seasonal salads. The bar has a casual and contemporary vibe.
To the north of Lake Como in Colico is a small and cosy restaurant that's popular with the locals and offers a real taste of authentic Italian cuisine. Il Portovino serves traditional Italian dishes including anti pasti, seafood and handmade, wood-fired pizzas that will tantalise your taste buds.
Il Gatto Nero
If you're celebrating a special occasion or looking for something a little special, Il Gatto Nero will not disappoint. Sitting high above the town of Cernobbio, this is one of Lake Como's most exclusive restaurants and attracts celebrity clients such as George Clooney. Guests here are treated to first-class dining, consisting of typical regional cuisine while the ambience remains relaxed and understated. Booking in advance is a must and try to get a table on the balcony where you can take in the beautiful scenery.
Things to do
For travellers visiting Lake Como during a dry spell, there are plenty of activities and things to do that take advantage of the great weather. Thrill seekers can try their hand at water skiing or wakeboarding on the lake, which is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. Club Morgan, located in Lezzeno, offers a wide range of water sports suitable for everyone regardless of skill level.
Families can enjoy a more relaxing boat trip, taking in the stunning scenery in the area. There is nothing better than seeing the lake up close and admiring the breath-taking mountain landscapes from the water itself. There are many frequent boat services, ferries and traditional steamers that run between each town as well as special night-time lake cruises.
Diocesi di Como
If the rain sets in on your visit, take the chance to get indoors and check out some of the architectural wonders of Lake Como. The historic city of Como has some of the best examples on offer. The Diocesi di Como, or Como Cathedral, has to be seen to be believed and is a must-visit if you're in the city. The amazing gothic building stands 75 metres tall and provides excellent photo opportunities with its bright green dome that sits proudly on top.
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