Italy This Way comment: Domaso is a small town with not a great deal to see, but is pleasant and well placed for exploring the northern part of Lake Como. There are not many towns of great interest to tourists in this part of Lake Como, and if you are travelling slowly around the lake we suggest that Domaso is probably the best town to spend a night in the north of the lake.
Domaso is quite different in character when compared with the famous towns around Lake Como a short distane to the south, such as Varenna, Bellagio and Menaggio. The town is quieter, and more of a town where people go about their everyday business without hundreds of tourists in every direction.
There are two parts to Domaso: the area along the lake and a small historic centre. Your visit will mostly consist of a walk along the side of Lake Como. The houses here are attractive, and some painted in bright colours. It is the views of the town here and the viewsa across the lake to the mountains that is the principal attraction in the town.
It is also here that you will find most of the restaurants in Domaso: there are several to choose from including a restaurant right on the edge of the lake (restaurant Ajo) where we had a good meal while watching the ducks below, which was very pleasant!
In the old town there are some narrow streets to explore, a few more restaurants and several shops. The church is the main historical monument here and is dominated by its tall belltower.
Domaso is one of the ferry terminals on Lake Como, so useful if you are planning to explore by boat. You can also rent boats in the harbour if you prefer to explore yourself.
To the west of Domaso at Gravedona the Church of Santa Maria del Tiglio is a charming 12th century church on the edge of Lake Como where you an see medieval frescoes. The other side of the lake from here, the abbey at Piona is also from the 12th centuy and in a lovely lakeside setting.
North-east of here, just beyond the top of Lake Como there is another lake called the Lago di Mezzola - the two lakes are separated by the Natural Reserve Pian di Spagna.
For more highlights see the Lake Como guide.
You can find more local travel ideas in the Lombardy guide.