COMO AND LAKE COMO
YOU’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH THE LAKE AND ITS STORIES
The amazing Villa Balbianello tour
Villa Balbianello is a gem in Lake Como, so fascinating that was chosen by George Lukas as the set for ‘Star Wars: The attacks of the Clones’! This villa has a very long history: it was a monastery, converted into a private luxury residence ( open to the public), where the last owner Guido Monzino spent his time planning his expeditions to North Pole, Mount Everest and many others; since he was so passionate with mountaineering, he set his personal museum about his expeditions. Believe me, it’s worth a visit!!
The Gardens of Villa Melzi
The gardens of Villa Melzi won the prize as the most beautiful private gardens in Italy in 2016. The villa and the gardens were projected in the early years of the nineteenth century and nowadays they still belong to the heirs of the first owners. The gardens offer you different amazing views of lake Como, colorful bushes of azaleas, historical trees and Japanese garden welcome you. Its history, the new interesting little museum take you back to those fascinantig times!
I suggest you to combine this visit with a tour of Bellagio, Known as the ‘pearl of Lake Como’!
Central Lake Como Cruise
Enjoy a cruise in central lake Como with a private or a public boat. Comfortably sitting on board you’ll take picture of fascinating little villages facing the lake or located in the mountains. Lake Como is sorrounded by lush steep mountains creating a fairy tale landscape. During the boat tour I’ll tell you a little bit of lake geography, history and stories, such as the smugglers’ life, the last hours of Mussolini, shot in lake Como and …much more!
I suggest you to combine this tour with the visit of Bellagio
Bellagio is a nice, little village located in an amazing position, at the very top of a peninsula in the middle of the three branches of lake Como!Narrow alleys, up and down medieval streets, the XII century church create a very special atmosphere, and the visit of the Gardens of Villa Melzi is icing on the cake! … but if you like to explore something different, off the beaten track I’ll take to the hamlets of Bellagio, far away from the glamourous town centre and still very authentic!
You can combine this tour with a boat tour of the central lake
Como is a really nice town with the perfect combination of old buildings and modern ones! Medieval streets and rationalist architecture live together. Facing lake Como is easy to walk around, have a nice shopping in glamorous shops , and at the same time you can’t miss the Duomo, one of the most ancient buildings, San Fedele square with its stories about the old grain market and the medieval walls built to keep away the enemies coming from Milan! There’s so much to discover..
Como food and wine tour
Love the experience of local food and wine, love the combination of a walk among beautiful and interesting architecture and tastings of local cheese, ham and wine! love chatting with clients during the tastings about their memories of family meals. During the tour we explore the Duomo, the old market square with interesting XV century houses, medieval streets where you can still breath past times with a stop to taste local ham, salami, bresaola and local cheeses, with a glass of wine and another stop to taste homemade gelato. sounds perfect? Yes!!!
There are many other daily excursions you can choose: walking tours to discover little old villages in lake Como area, Valtellina region tours to combine excellent food and wine tours, Milan tours, Lugano ( Switzerland) and taylor-made tours! Come and visit lake Como area!!!