Lake Como has a wide range of great events and festivals in store for visitors this summer – and they take place in some of the area’s most beautiful venues. What’s your particular fancy – maybe sipping a sunset concert of four female flautists (try and say that four times fast!) at Castello Baradello high above Como or jazzing it up at the Villa Olmo? Find out what’s on this season in our handy guide.

Lake Como International Music Festival

For the 14th year running, the non-profit association Amadeus Arte is hosting the 2019 Lake Como International Music Festival. The Festival runs from February through to September, with events as varied as accordion music to flute and guitar to Chopin’s Nocturnes on piano. Musicians from Italy and abroad play in luxurious settings like Villa Carlotta and Palazzo Volpi. The Tessera Amadeus Arte is available for purchase at €20 via Paypal, bank transfer or the box office. Card holders can attend all of the concerts for free and receive a 20% discount on all Amadeus Arte CD purchases. Individual tickets to each event are €10.

June 7   5:30 p.m.
Gran Duo
Stefano Maffizzoni on flute and Giulio Tampalini on guitar playing Paganini, Bizet and others
Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina

June 14   5:30 p.m.
Galanterie
Bertrand Giraud on piano with CPE Bach, Mozart, Liszt and Chopin
Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina

June 27   9 p.m.
Curiosità
Durme Jazz Quartet
 Villa Olmo, Como

July 3    9 p.m.
Al Cinema
Jazz quintet “Di Fiati Spirabilia”
Banca Generali, Viale Lungo Lario Trento 9, Como

July 12      5:30 p.m.
Sonate
Paolo Ghidoni on violin and Leonardo Zunica on piano playing Mozart, Janacek and others
Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina

July 18     5:30 p.m.
Fantasia Rococò
Upper Austrian Sinfonietta, directed by Peter Aigner, playing Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Schubert
Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina

July 19      5:30 p.m.
Mozart
Schiavo Marchegiani piano duo playing Mozart, Brahms and Schubert
Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina

August 8      5:30 p.m.
1001 Nights
Bern Youth Symphony conducted by Joonas Pitkänen, playing Grieg and Rimsky-Korsakov
Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina

August 9     5:30 p.m.
Perle Bizzarre
Federico Rovini on piano, playing Scarlatti, Liszt and Chopin
Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina

August 16   5:30 p.m.
Les Ventredis
D’Archi Ludus string quartet, playing Teleman, Giardini and others
Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina

September 8  5 p.m.
La Ultima Curda
Fabio Furia on bandoneon, Alessandro Deiana on guitar, playing tango music from the 1920s to the 1950s
Castello Durini, Via Parini, Alzate Brianza (between Como and Lecco)

Milan Malpensa

Festival Como Città della Musica

Lake Como has been a vacation spot and a restful retreat for artists and musicians for centuries – Bellini, Stendhal, Liszt and Wordsworth to name just a few. This festival crowns Como as a “city of music” for the summer season, with a wide variety of genres – from opera to pop, electronica to symphony – and a wide variety of venues – from the indoor and outdoor theaters of the Teatro Sociale in Como to lakeside villas, airplane hangars and monuments. This year’s festival is entitled La Notte che Resta, a quote from Verdi’s Traviata, and the festival opens with a scene from the maestro’s beloved opera featuring the so-called 200.com project, which seeks to enlist “citizen” chorists for their opera productions. The auditions and rehearsals are competitive and exciting, resulting in over 300 people from amateurs to professionals participating in the summer production. Many of the events are free, tickets for ticketed events are available at www.teatrosocialecomo.it.

June 27 – June 29
La Traviata, opera by Giuseppe Verdi
Tickets range from €25 – €45

July 2.  9:30 p.m.
Arena Teatro Sociale (outdoors)

June 28   8:30 p.m.
Tramonto in Rosa, female flute quartet F.A.T.A. playing music from Mozart, Pucchini, Yagisawa and others
Tower of Castello Baradello – Free concert

June 30   11 a.m.
Corrispondenze Belliniane, Boat trip with music from Bellini from the early 1800s, stopping at Moltrasio and Blevio, among other locations
departure from Piazza Cavour, return at 5 p.m. Tickets: €70 including boat trip, music and lunch at Ristorante Momi in Blevio.

July 2      5:15 p.m.  & 7:15 p.m.
Opera Guitta, ballet with music by Mozart, Ligeti, da Palestrina and traditional  Mediterranean music
Garden of the Tempio Voltiano (outdoors) – Free concert

July 3    10 p.m.
Unlimited, Enrico Pieranunzi on piano, with improvisations from Gershwin to Scarlatti, Händel to the blues
Hangar Aero Club, Viale Massenzio Masia, 44 – Free concert

July 5      6:45 p.m.
Nell’Anima, Vibrations of Dreams and Memories, The Sala Family singers performing works from classic to the pop
Chiostro S. Abbondio, Como – Free concert

July 6     9:30 p.m.
SONICS in Toren, acrobatic dance
Arena Teatro Sociale (outdoors) – Free concert

July 7    5:15 a.m.
Duello di Violini, chamber music at dawn
Park of Villa Grumello – Free concert

July 7   11:00 a.m.
Elisir: Bittersweet Magic, Opera for children from 0 to 3
Park of Villa Grumello (outdoor) – Free concert

July 7    5 p.m.
L’Elisir d’Amore, Snack with music in the park for kids between 3 and 6
Park of Villa Grumello (outdoor) – Free Concert

July 7     9:30 p.m.
Haydn’s Mass in Tempore Belli followed by spirituals sung by the Mendelssohn   Choir of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Como Cathedral

July 9   8 p.m.
Lo.La by the Lake, Percussionists
(monument to the fallen, lakeside promenade)

July 10   7 p.m.
Natura e Sogno, Bach suites played by Sandro Laffranchini on Cello
Giardino della Valle, Via Adda, Cernobbio (outdoor) – Free concert

July 11     9:30 p.m.
Negrita – 25thAnniversary Tour, celebrating 25 years of this legendary rock and roll band with performances alternating between acoustic and electric
Arena Teatro Sociale (outdoors) Tickets €40.50-€50.50

July 12      9:30 p.m.
Uomini in Frac, homage to Italy’s great jazzman Domenico Modugno
Arena Teatro Sociale di Como (outdoor) Tickets: €18.50-€23.50

July 12   6:30 p.m.
M.A.M.E.-Donne 2019, sound experience from the middle ground between East and West
Terrace of the Terminus hotel

July 13      9:30 p.m.
La Lunga Notte del Tango with the Giacomo Medici Tango Orchestra
Teatro Sociale Como, Tickets: €18.50

July 13      11:00 p.m.
Beloved Clara: a tribute to the friendship between Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms on the 200thanniversary of Clara’s birth, Boat trip and admission to Villa Carlotta, lunch at the Caffetteria di Villa Carlotta, concert with pieces from Schumann and Brahms.
Meet at Piazza Cavour, return around 5 p.m. Tickets: €70

Milan Linate

Fiori, Arte e Sapori Festival 2019

The delightful lakeside town of Menaggio invites guests to enjoy a festival with the most beautiful flowers, crafts and flavors on Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9. Stalls will be set up on the main square Piazza Garibaldi as well as the lakeside promenade B. Castelli. Don’t miss the Brass Band of Loveno, who will be performing on Saturday evening at 9!

Lake Festival 2019, Varenna

From Friday July 5 to Sunday July 7, Varenna will be celebrating its 38thannual Lake Festival. A wide variety of delights – from street food to street musicians – will delight visitors of all ages from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. Don’t miss the fireworks show on Saturday evening, preceded by a historical reenactment on the Riva Grande!

Happy Hour at the Villa 2019

Events with “cult” status on Lake Como, the Happy Hour series of concerts and canapes at the stunning Villa del Balbianello will delight all the senses. Guests enjoy a special tour of the villa, cocktails and canapes in the garden and the lilting tunes of live music. Tickets include boat transfer from Lido di Lenno, buffet and concert: €45 for Adults, €35 for members of FAI and Tremezzina residents. Reservations at m.sormani@fondoambiente.it

June 23, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 11 – 6:30 p.m.