Brunate is a small village with about 1,800 inhabitants, that stands on the peak of the homonymous mountain at a height of 715 metres above sea level. It became a famous holiday resort between the late 19th and early 20th century and experienced a rapid tourist development thanks to its magnificent
panoramic views, healthy air and excursions to the surrounding mountains. The symbol of this golden age is represented by the numerous noble villas characterized by an eclectic style.
The first panoramic point can be reached walking for a few minutes from the funicular station following the direction to “Belvedere”. From this point you will enjoy a spectacular view of Lake Como, the city centre with its grid of perpendicular streets of Roman origin, the plain and the Alps, especially the mountains near Monte Rosa.
Brunate is also an excellent starting point for easy excursions and walks. The first one that we would like to mention is a 40-minute walk and leads to the famous Faro Voltiano, a symbolic lighthouse that was built in 1927 on the occasion of the centennial of the death of Alessandro Volta and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the area. Another beautiful and easy walk connects the village of Brunate to Monte Piatto.
If you are spending your holiday on the shores of Lake Como and you would like to take the funicular to visit the village of Brunate, here you can find some useful information:
The funicular leaves every 30 minutes simultaneously from the stations of Como and Brunate, from 6 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. On Saturday and in the summer the funicular service is extended to midnight.
The ride takes only 7 minutes and the funicular can stop in Carescione on request.
Single ticket € 3,30
Round-trip ticket € 6,10
Single reduced ticket € 2,20 (for children under 12 years)
Round-trip reduced ticket € 3,50
Children under 110 cm tall don’t pay the ticket.
Groups of adults (min. 10/15 people) and students (min. 15 people) are entitled to receive a discount on the ticket price. Moreover, there is a surcharge for: bicycles € 3,20; small luggage € 1,30; small animals € 1,30; big animals € 3,30; while guide dogs travel for free.