On this Private Tour of Lake Como, you will discover the highlights of Como Lake. After a little introduction on the city’s history, we will head over to Cernobbio harbour and depart with the public ferry, stopping at the most famous villas around the Lake.
Discover the famous Villas of Lake Como on this Private Tour. Stop at Villa d'Este and Villa Erba, before proceding to "Strada Regina" until reaching Lido di Lenno beach. You will admire the delightful 16th century Villa Balbianello, by taking a taxi boat, and then having a lunch break before completing your visit.
From Como to Cernobbio, we will pass through the most important villas, such as Villa d'Este and Villa Erba by the lakefront of Como Lake. And we will continue the tour along the well-known ancient Roman "Strada Regina".
Strada Regina is an ancient pathway that is full of ancient signposts, and which runs along the entire western shore of Como Lake. It has long been known as the ancient route which was the connection between the North and the South of the Alps for travellers and armies crossing over to Milan. After "Strada Regina", we will end at Lido di Lenno beach, where we will be taking a ferryboat to Villa Balbianello.
Villa Balbianello is located on the tip of a wooded peninsula on the western shore of Como Lake. It is famous for its elaborate terraced gardens, making it a highly successful wedding venue. The villa was built in the 17th century on the site of the Franciscan monastery for a certain Cardinal.
This mansion is surrounded by a baroque styled garden, which has been the chosen location for shooting films such as Star Wars: Episode II in 2002 and the famous James Bond movie, Casino Royale in 2006. Now the villa is part of the Grandi Giardini Italiani association. After a guided tour, we will head back to Lido di Lenno where we will have a lunch break and then transfer to Cadenabbia.
In our next adventure, we will be visiting the Villa Melzi d'Eril in Bellagio. It was built between 1808 and 1810 for the Grand Chancellor in the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy, Francesco Melzi d'Eril.
As you will see, the villa was decorated and furnished by some of the most famous Italian artists, such as the painters Andrea Appiani (1754-1817) and Giuseppe Bossi (1777-1815) as well as the sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822). The garden of the villa was designed by the architect Luigi Canonica and the botanist Luigi Villoresi. After a lengthy guided tour of the Villa, we shall embark on to the ancient city of Bellagio.
If you are in love with Como Lake, take advantage of this day trip of the Lake Como departing from Milan!
Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
This tour departs from Como.
We suggest wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.