Funicular Ride Lake Como, popularly known as Como–Brunate funicular, is a popular touristic activity to get a wholesome upper view of the lake como. Como-Brunate Funicular was opened in 1894, linking every centre in the Province with the provincial capital.
Brunate Funicular runs every 30 minutes and links the city with an extremely atmospheric panoramic point in village of Brunate which is known as "the balcony of the Alps". The journey lasts just 7 minutes on the track. From the Brunate viewpoint you can see the outline of the historic centre, the ancient Roman castrum and a view over the Alps and the Brianza plain.
Once you reach the Funicolare Station in Brunate, you can take some nice walks from there. Walk towards the Pissarottino Fountain with a panoramic sight of the lake and Monte Rosa. You can walk to San Maurizio where the Volta Lighthouse is located. Volta Lighthouse has 143-step spiral staircase to the top terrace.
From Brunate you can also go by foot down to Como. There are 2 paths: one following along the funicular passes and the other passes through the woods passing by the Eremo S. Donato, an ex Convent of the 15th century.
There is another walk of about 3 hours from Brunate to Montepiatto and then down to Torno, from where you can come back to Como by boat.
Funicular Journey Details
Timings: 6:00 to 22:30 except Saturday. On Saturday timings are 6:00 to 24:00
Frequency: Every 30 minutes
Journey time: 7 minutes
On Summers the funiculars provide services, every 30 minutes, until midnight.