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$260.30 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Lake Como Walking, Boat Tour from Varenna, with Bellagio Visit

Meet your guide at 10am at the Varenna ferry ticket office to start your Lake Como tour. Dotted with beautiful villas and manicured gardens, Lake Como is a treasure trove of spectacular landscapes where centuries of Italian history come to life.The tour starts with a transfer to a fascinating old mill high in the hills above Varenna to sample locally produced cheeses from the Valsassina valley, meats, and olive oil accompanied by delicious wine. Descending to Varenna, follow your guide for a walking tour of the town and learn of the region’s Celtic heritage.Enjoy a delicious lunch of seafood appetizers and pasta dishes in a restaurant facing Lake Como, then hop aboard your private open top Venetian water taxi for a sightseeing cruise on the lake. Admire fine views over the soaring mountains and stunning villas, and learn of the famous stars who have lived here over the years. Visit the spectacular 18th-century Villa del Balbianello — famous for its immaculate gardens and widely considered the finest property on the lakeside.Cruise onward to Bellagio, where you shall be guided through the wonderful Villa Melzi gardens, followed by a stroll along the lakeside. End your tour at approximately 530pm in Bellagio, and perhaps stop for a romantic happy hour or dinner (at own expense) before returning to Como or Varenna at your leisure.

$295.01 Day Trips & Excursions

Milan to Lake Como Villas and Food Walking and Boat Tour

Reach independently Stazione Centrale in Milan and take the 8.20 train destination Varenna - Esino (the train is n. REG 2554 final destination Tirano) (train tickets will be sent to you via mail - no seats reservation) and arrive in Varenna by 9.23. Then take the 5 minutes walk down to the lakeside to reach our meeting point in Varenna.Meet your guide at 10am at the Varenna ferry ticket office to start your Lake Como tour. Dotted with beautiful villas and manicured gardens, Lake Como is a treasure trove of spectacular landscapes where centuries of Italian history come to life.The tour starts with a transfer to a fascinating old mill high in the hills above Varenna to sample locally produced cheeses from the Valsassina valley, meats, and olive oil accompanied by delicious wine. Descending to Varenna, follow your guide for a walking tour of the town and learn of the region’s Celtic heritage.Enjoy a delicious lunch of seafood appetizers and pasta dishes in a restaurant facing Lake Como, then hop aboard your private open top Venetian water taxi for a sightseeing cruise on the lake. Admire fine views over the soaring mountains and stunning villas, and learn of the famous stars who have lived here over the years. Visit the spectacular 18th-century Villa del Balbianello — famous for its immaculate gardens and widely considered the finest property on the lakeside.Cruise onward to Bellagio, where you shall be guided through the wonderful Villa Melzi gardens, followed by a stroll along the lakeside. Your tour guide shall provide you with the public boats tickets to get the 1745 boat shuttle back to Varenna (a 15 minutes ride) where you shall independently walk to the train station to take the 18:37 train back to Milan Central Station where you are expected to arrive at 19:40 (train n. REG 2575 to Milano Centrale).

$214.03 Tours & Sightseeing

Cheese & Ham lovers' full day tour - Lake Como

You will start your journey in Varenna, from where you will be driven down along the eastern shore of Lake Como. You will admire the lakefront of Lecco, a city well known for its industrial excellence and for its inhabitants being passionate for the surrounding mountains. You will then reach the production site of Marco d’Oggiono, a family-owned business, was founded in 1945 in Oggiono (Lecco) and continues today with passion and wisdom to produce cured hams making a mild and good Prosciutto Crudo.  Here you will be welcome with a tasting of their top quality sliced meats. A nice half-hour drive will bring you up the mountains to discover the Valsassina valley, a mountain valley running along the eastern branch of our lake. Lake Como excels in dairy products. The Valsassina Valley on the Eastern side of the lake is a territory recognized by the European Union as a protected area. Many of the largest Italian cheese companies were born there thanks to the pastures and to its caves which provide a constant level of humidity and temperature in all seasons, suitable for the natural seasoning of the cheese. Carozzi Cheese Company is a boutique dairy and cheese producer. It has been operating in the historic butter factory site in Pasturo since 1960 and has developed an internationally award winning range of hand-made dairy and goat milk cheeses that have become Italian classics. Here you shall be able to visit their local production site, dedicated mostly to conservation and cold storage. Thereafter, a tasting of their cheeses and a dish of risotto or pasta accompanied by a glass of wine will be waiting for you. After some relax time, you will be driven back to Varenna along a scenic mountain road, at the end of which Lake Como will appear to your eyes with a breathtaking view from above.      

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