Explore Lake Como by land and water on this full-day walking and boating tour, with a visit to Villa del Balbianello. Sample local cheeses, meats, olive oil, and wine, take a walking tour of Varenna and gain insight into the region’s Celtic heritage. Savor a tasty lunch of fish appetizers and pasta in a lakeside restaurant, then admire sweeping views over Lake Como’s villas and gardens during a sightseeing cruise in a Venetian taxi. Disembark at Villa del Balbianello for a guided visit, then cruise onwards to Bellagio, where you shall be guided through the wonderful Villa Melzi gardens, followed by a stroll along the lakeside.
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).