The height of summer, school holiday season and Lake Como’s social calendar – August is amazing in this neck of the woods.
This time of year tends to be gloriously warm, with average temperature highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C. It’s just right for lazy days on the lidos, testing out local gelaterias and watching the world go by with a cold drink in hand. If you want a break from the blaze, head up into the hills surrounding the lake, which tend to be a few degrees cooler. The lake water will probably be the warmest it gets all year, with most Augusts seeing it rise to 24°C (sometimes up to 27°C). Besides swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking are a hoot here. Steady breezes are not only refreshing but also make for stonking windsurfing and kiting conditions at the top end of the lake. When it comes to daylight hours, the average for August days is 14. As for rain, expect something like 165mm of fall over 9 days of the month.
August 15th is Ferragosto, an Italian public holiday that brings a real buzz to the lake. Venues like Bardello castle have been known to host special events, restaurants often put on celebratory menus and locations like Lenno have fireworks to bring everyone together.
Whichever part of August you visit, chances are you’ll catch one of the concerts of the Lake Como International Music Festival, which starts back in April and usually runs into September. It sees concerts held in stunning locations all around the lake, like the Carlotta, Olmo and Fogazarro Roi villas and Palazzo Archinti. Recent years have also seen the Gravedona Chamber Music Festival at Gravedona’s Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Bellagio in Blues event with performers around the city on certain Thursdays.
The Summer Festival in Ossuccio usually brings together local food, music and dancing, while Menaggio has a night market on Fridays featuring regional produce. Colonno often hosts a Polenta festival at the beginning of the month, and the Festa del Pess at Mezzegra park celebrates lake fish.
This is our favourite month for fishing, with the likes of perch, trout and pike being popular catches (just make sure you have a license before you cast).
August is awesome, but if you’re wondering what Lake Como’s like at other times of the year, see our pages on May, June, July, Septemberand October. If you want to read more on the different destinations around the lake, check out our guides to Lenno, Tremezzo, Bellagio,Mennagio and Cadenabbia.