Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

Today’s post is a blast from the past going back to our first trip to Lake Como in 2009. However I thought it was worth including in the recent Como series of posts, especially if you’re staying in Como City, as the funicular (funicolare) is a great little trip to take from the town up to the village of Brunate.

The funicular entrance is conveniently situated a few minutes from Como town centre. There is an interesting display board on the station wall with some historical information  and details of the funicular workings – a good way to while away the few minutes waiting for the next ride. For timetables and tariffs head to the official website of the funicular (see here).  You can also find some interesting background information on wikipedia (see here).


It was not the best day weather wise but at least the previous night’s spectacular thunderstorm had cleared away. Although only a short ride to the top (7 minutes to be precise) it seemed an eternity to Monsieur Le Chic who has an aversion to heights (it’s a pretty steep ascent). Hence I took pictures as we glided up to the top station with the buildings in the valley below now looking like Legoland.



Brunate is a sleepy little settlement perched high above Lake Como, which affords it stunning vistas of the lake, wooded valleys and Alps in the distance. We wandered round the quiet streets, had a quick look at the pretty little church but the main draw card is the viewing deck where on a fine day you can see as far as Turin and the high Alps of the Monte Rosa and Mont Blanc range.



There are several little cafes and eateries catering to visitors near the funicolare terminus at Brunate. We found a nice little trattoria/pizzeria and settled down to enjoy a tasty lunch with some excellent local wine as recommended by our friendly waiter. The sun managed to come out and it was pleasantly warm sitting outside on the terrace.  Despite the persistent haze the views were still pretty impressive and must be stunning on a clearer day! Please excuse the rather foggy quality of the photos though.



Views Across To Alps From Brunate


As well as the funicular there is a steep winding road up from Lake Como to the village and it is also a starting point for several walking trails. Check the funicular return times especially in the evenings as you don’t want to find yourself stranded at the top!  Of course you can always walk up and down from Como to Brunate and back if you prefer the exercise!


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15 thoughts on “Taking The Funicolare Up To Brunate

  1. Stunning views Rosemary – your husband was brave to ride in the funicular but I hope he thought it was worth it in the end!! We love that kind of thing and it never ceases to amaze me how just 7 minutes later you can be so high up and see so much!

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    1. Yes thanks Joy he definitely thought it was worthwhile in the end and I don’t think he would have fancied the walk up and down there! The views up at the top, particularly on a fine day, are stunning – we saw a lot even though it was hazy the day we went there. It’s a great trip to do up from Como and really you could just go up, have a coffee and come down again if you haven’t got much time. Lunch was a great way to relax and take in the views though! 🙂

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  2. restlessjo says:

    I can never resist a funicular ride, Rosemay. 🙂 Hope you have a nicely chilled (but not cold 🙂 ) weekend.

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    1. Thanks Jo – this one was great fun and superb views up at the top despite the haziness on that day. A bit of a stormy day here again today but we got a great walk in down by the sea even if we did get blown around! Hope you manage to find some down time this weekend too, take care 🙂

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  3. I love funicular rides! What fantastic views

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    1. They are great fun aren’t they Ting? This one had amazing views as you can see too! 😃


  4. kayrpea61 says:

    Thanks for the memories, Rosemary. Lovely views over Como and I even spotted our hotel 😉

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    1. You’re very welcome Ken 🙂 Where did you stay? We were at the Hotel Metropole Suisse on the corner of Piazza Cavour on our first visit – very convenient for the ferries!


      1. kayrpea61 says:

        The Palace Hotel, Rosemary. Once a mansion, we were fortunate to have the lake views. Also handy to the ferries 😀

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        1. Sounds lovely Ken – there were some very elegant buildings along the lake! 🙂


  5. I’m never disappointed by funicular rides, the views from there are always amazing

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    1. We love funiculars less scary than cable cars too!! The views from Brunate were great even if it was a bit hazy that day 🙂

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      1. Definitively ! Cable car is really scary especially when the wind is strong :p

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        1. I’m always glad to reach my destination quickly on cable cars whereas am happy to go slowly up on a funicular or mountain railway!

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