An easy way to get a great view of Como - and beyond - is to take the Funicular up to Brunate.
Situated just a short distance away from the Centre of Como near the eastern side of the lake, the funicular has been running since 1894.
It cost €5.25 for a return ticket (Sept 2012), runs regularly and takes just 7 minutes to reach the top.
If you come up here for the views, which most people do, then when you get off the funicular turn right into Via Roma and then take another right near a tabacchi and follow the road a short distance down to the Belvedere. It's not a big Belvedere but it affords the views you've come here to see just the same.
Brunate is a village with about 1730 inhabitants. It is situated above Como, at one end of the funicular and at an elevation of 715 metres. If it is clear weather you will have a great view over Lake Como and the Alps from Brunate. For this Brunate is known as “Balcony of the Alps foothill”. I came up here to take a walk to the lighthouse. That is a short walk, but from Brunate you will also find the start of some longer trekking paths (for example to Bellagio). I noticed that are several hotels and guesthouses in Brunate and heard there are a lot of visitors coming for the summer. Brunate was actually a famous holiday resort already in the 19th century.
The Funicolare, a cable tram that slides up against the hills of Lago di Como up to the higher neighborhoods of Como, called Brunate. Here you can enjoy spectacular views over the town, the lake and the valley out South, where Milano can be seen on clear days. More will follow later ...
Take a funicolare (cable) from Como up to Brunate (as suggested in the previous tip), and explore around. You'll be amazed how fanbtastic is the view on the lake and town from up there!
You can also arrive by car (the road is very curvy!), but I find funicolare much more exciting!
There are panels pointing directions everywhere so you can't get lost nor miss the view point!
Don't miss the funivia to Brunate (St.Maurizio), which is at the elevation of cca. 1000m, from where you'll enjoy a spectacular view to the lake and the city of Como down under. It is also possible to visit IL FARO VOLTIANO, dedicated to the famous Alessandro Volta.