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Funicular Como-Brunate

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 ¥25,941
Palace Hotel

Palace Hotel

Lungo Lario Trieste, 16, Como, CO
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Como City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza Cavour and Cathedral of Como. Volta Temple (Tempio Voltiano) and Como-Brunate Funicular are also within 10 minutes. Como Nord Lago Station is only a 3-minute walk and Como San Giovanni Station is 12 minutes.

    Hilton Lake Como ¥28,038
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    Hilton Lake Como

    Via Borgo Vico 241, Como
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Como, this spa property is within a 15-minute walk of Villa Olmo and Volta Temple (Tempio Voltiano). Cathedral of Como and Como-Brunate Funicular are also within 2 mi (3 km). Como San Giovanni Station is 16 minutes by foot and Como Nord Lago Station is 23 minutes.

      Albergo Terminus Hotel ¥22,845
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      Albergo Terminus Hotel

      Lungo Lario Trieste 14, Como, CO
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Como City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Cavour, Cathedral of Como, and Volta Temple (Tempio Voltiano). Villa Olmo and Como-Brunate Funicular are also within 1 mi (2 km). Como Nord Lago Station is only a 3-minute walk and Como San Giovanni Station is 13 minutes.

        Albergo Le Due Corti ¥13,738
        Albergo Le Due Corti

        Albergo Le Due Corti

        Piazza Vittoria 12, Como, CO
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Vittoria and Cathedral of Como. Volta Temple (Tempio Voltiano) and Como-Brunate Funicular are also within 1 mi (2 km). Como Nord Lago Station is 13 minutes by foot and Como San Giovanni Station is 16 minutes.

          B&B Hotel COMO City Center ¥8,647
          B&B Hotel COMO City Center

          B&B Hotel COMO City Center

          Viale Innocenzo XI, 15, Como, Como
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Como, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Basilica of Sant'Abbondio and Cathedral of Como. Volta Temple (Tempio Voltiano) and Villa Olmo are also within 1 mi (2 km). Como San Giovanni Station is only a 5-minute walk and Como Nord Lago Station is 15 minutes.

            Hotel Barchetta Excelsior ¥21,350
            Hotel Barchetta Excelsior

            Hotel Barchetta Excelsior

            Piazza Cavour 1, Como, CO
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Como City Centre, this hotel is steps from Piazza Cavour and Cathedral of Como. Volta Temple (Tempio Voltiano) and Como-Brunate Funicular are also within 10 minutes. Como Nord Lago Station is 6 minutes by foot and Como San Giovanni Station is 9 minutes.

              Hotel Metropole Suisse ¥17,080
              Hotel Metropole Suisse

              Hotel Metropole Suisse

              Piazza Cavour 19, Como, CO
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Como hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Piazza Cavour and Cathedral of Como. Teatro Sociale and Casa del Fascio are also within 10 minutes. Como Nord Lago Station is 6 minutes by foot and Como San Giovanni Station is 10 minutes.

                Hotel Villa Flori ¥24,592
                Hotel Villa Flori

                Hotel Villa Flori

                Via Cernobbio, 12, Como, CO
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on a lake, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Villa Bernasconi and Villa Olmo. Volta Temple (Tempio Voltiano) and Cathedral of Como are also within 2 mi (3 km).