July is Lake Como’s hottest month – sun douses the promenades, speckles the water and pours down the mountainsides. It tends to be the height of the social calendar too, so when you’re done soaking up the rays, you’ve events and activities galore.
Sun worshippers, rejoice! July’s your best bet for the warmest weather of the year, with highs of 28°C and balmy evenings dropping only to 18°C. That’s not to say you’ll sizzle, with steady breezes across the water, cooler climes up on the hills and lake temperature a refreshing (but not too nippy) average of 22-23°C. Ancient chapels and shady gardens also offer a break from the rays and there’s ample opportunity for a chilled white wine, beer or spritz. This is prime time for lazy days on the lakefront, with plenty of lidos dotted about for just that, plus some seriously scenic hotel swimming pools. Wind conditions are top notch too, with excellent opportunity for kitesurfing and windsurfing at the upper end of the lake. Daylight hours are the longest of the year (15-16 of them) and the rainfall’s the littlest, averaging around 150mm (think the height of a pint glass) over 8 days.
Como’s Wow music festival sometimes runs into the very beginning of July, featuring live indie, hip hop and electro performances in a brilliant spot looking over the Volta Temple. If you prefer classical music, look out for the concerts of the Lake Como International Music Festival which runs throughout the summer – bringing classical musicians to stunning venues like Villa Carlotta and Palazzo Archinti. And if Blues floats your boat, the Bellagio in Blues event sees live music played on set Thursdays around the city.
This month also tends to see the Festival of the Lake at the Giardini di Olivedo in Varenna, which is a long weekend of food, music, parades and fireworks. For foodies, the Ossuccio festival celebrates local nosh like polenta and cheeses.
Menaggio holds a night market on Fridays throughout July, and there’s bound to be art exhibitions in Bellagio, which also hosts the Lucia Regatta featuring typical Lake Como boats.
If you’re into fishing, this is a good time of year for it – just remember to get hold of a permit (the document, not the species – this is trout territory!).
We’ve written about Lake Como for other months too in case you’re wondering what it’s like here in May, June, August, September orOctober. There are also pages devoted to the different villages around the lake, such as Bellagio, Mennagio, Lenno, Tremezzo and Cadenabbia.