Cheese & Ham lovers' full day tour - Lake Como

Tours & Sightseeing in Varenna

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During our full day CHEESE AND HAM LOVER’S TOUR you will enjoy exclusive visits to 2 award-winning cheese and ham producers of the area: MARCO D’OGGIONO and CAROZZI . A food lover’s dream! 
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.      

What’s included

  • Private minibus transfer.
  • Visit to an ham production and tasting
  • Visit to cheese production and tasting. Lunch including a pasta/risotto dish, glass of wine and coffee.

What’s not included

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (please contact us for a quotation).
  • The costs of any souvenirs/ drinks / snacks / meals that are not explicitly listed in the programme.
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