As summer merges into autumn, Lake Como seems to get even more spectacular – trees turn gorgeous golds and oranges and the sunsets are dizzyingly pretty. The school holiday crowds dissipate but the sun’s still shining strong and there’s more than enough to see and do.
If you don’t want the heat of summer but still want some sunshine, September’s perfect. The month gets a good 12-13 daylight hours, with air temperature ranging from 15-24°C and the water around 20°C. On average, 8 days see rainfall which totals 160mm all month. It’s a perfect climate for an active hiking or cycling holiday, and you just catch the end of the windsurfing and kitesurfing season too.
Though school holidays have been and gone, there’s still plenty on over September in Lake Como. Ossuccio marks the birth of the Virgin Mary each year on the 8th of September with the Our Lady of Salvation Festival. It usually includes processions, vespers, lauds and Holy Mass and gives a terrific experience of the lake’s longstanding Catholic culture. Another event in the area is the Tremezzina Patron Festival in Ossuccio Park – if you catch it, it’s a cracking way to enjoy local food and live music. The Cernobbio Festival often takes place in September, when you can experience Cernobbio decorated with all kinds of lights and flowers.
This month usually sees the last few concerts of the Lake Como International Music Festival – a summer-long celebration of classical music in historic Lake Como venues. Often dinner or a tour of the hosting villa, palazzo or chapel are included with your ticket.
Other happenings include the Menaggio night market on Fridays, where you can pick up local food and trinkets.
There are so many good things about Lake Como in September, but if you’d like to see what the lake’s like at different parts of the year, we’ve also written about May, June, July, August and October. We also have guides on individual destinations, including Lenno, Tremezzo,Cadenabbia, Bellagio and Mennagio.