Visiting Lake Como, Italy, is best in summer, not only because of the better weather but also it's peak season so everything will be open. From September to March, many of the locals businesses and even the Lake Como, Italy hostels and accommodation shut down partially. Lake Como isn't one of the cheapest places to visit in terms of getting there, hostel prices, and the activities available to you when you arrive, so bear that in mind!
The lake itself is beautiful and it's a lovely place to spend a few days, whether you want to go boating on the lake, hike the nearby hills and mountains of cycle/walk around some of the circumference of the lake. It's a lovely place to spend time being active but it's equally good to laze around for a few days and soak up some sun by the lake. Although the hostels in Lake Como, Italy, are generally very basic, you can often visit nearby hotels and pay to use their swimming pools if you want to relax by the pool.
In the way of Lake Como, Italy hostels, there aren't a huge amount of options at Lake Como and they're expensive but the destination is worth it in itself! The ones that are right by the lake are fine, perhaps somewhat limited in terms of facilities. The atmosphere depends on the season so book well in advance as they fill up quickly in summer and try to avoid visiting during winter as the atmosphere will have dropped.
If you visit in peak season then you can find everything you need in the main town where the train station and buses run from -- however this is often far away from many of the hostels in Lake Como, Italy. You can find an ATM here which you will struggle to find when you reach the actual lakeside accommodation area.
In the local area to the hostels you can find small mini-markets to top up on groceries, lots of restaurants (many of which are in hotels and they aren't cheap!), and places to rent bikes or boats.
The hostels in Lake Como, Italy, are full of information and many will provide you with maps so that you can make your way around the lake. As it is so big, it's worth taking a boat or a bus sometimes in order to reach the other small lakeside areas and to make your way back to the main train station.
If you're traveling around Italy, Milan is the best "main" big city from which to get to Lake Como -- you can get a train or a bus and it generally takes under three hours!
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