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From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, & Varenna Guided Day Trip

1. From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, & Varenna Guided Day Trip

Marvel at the stunning scenery around Lake Como on a guided day tour from Milan. Choose between a shared group or private tour and cruise by ferry along the lake to discover Varenna, Bellagio, and the city of Como. Begin your journey from Milan by bus and travel directly to the city of Como. Join your guide on a walking tour where you can marvel at Como Cathedral and other historical gems. After exploring the city, hop on a ferry and travel along the lake. Listen to live commentary during the ferry ride highlighting top villas, gardens, and other sites along the landscape of the iconic lake. Disembark on Bellagio, regarded as one of the most beautiful and idyllic towns in the region, and enjoy 2 hours of free time. Relax and savor a regional meal at one of the local restaurants. Board another ferry and arrive at the colorful Varenna and take some free time to walk around this picturesque village. Stroll through its cobble-stone corridors and feel the charm of its tranquil streets.  After some free time in Varenna, board your bus back to Milan where you can sit back, relax, or, by taking advantage of the onboard WiFi, upload the day’s unforgettable memories to share with your friends and family.

From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Day Tour

2. From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Day Tour

Enjoy a memorable full-day trip by luxury bus to Lake Como, world famous for its beautiful villas and gardens. You’ll have a chance to admire the 3 branches of the lake, each with different landscapes. Stop in the town of Como for a walking tour of the city center and a visit to the neoclassical Villa Olmo and its lovely Italian garden. Next, take a relaxing cruise on the lake by private boat, and enjoy the spectacular views. Visit the colorful villages of Bellagio and Varenna. Take a walk along narrow cobblestoned streets and enjoy the charming surroundings.

Lake Como: Venetian-Style Boat Cruise in Small Groups

3. Lake Como: Venetian-Style Boat Cruise in Small Groups

Experience Lake Como like a real VIP with a half-day intimate boat tour. The tour offers an intimate experience on an exclusive boat just fro your group. Jump onboard a beautiful Venetian-style boat and prepare for a 4-hour tour, without the stress of a large tour group or tour guide. In Varenna, stop for a 15-minute coffee break before beginning the best part of the cruise: a journey through the extravagant villas, such as Villa Carlotta, Villa Balbianello, Villa La Cassinella, and many other beautiful architectural wonders and stunning landscapes. Don’t forget to toast to life with a glass of prosecco while you stare at this romantic view. Next, admire the beauty of Isola Comacina, a little island rich in history and nature before arriving in Bellagio, "The Pearl of Lake Como". Here, enjoy an hour of free time to explore the city at your own pace before beginning the journey back to the meeting point.

From Milan: Day Trip to Lake Como with Cruise & Wine Tasting

4. From Milan: Day Trip to Lake Como with Cruise & Wine Tasting

Experience a more idyllic side of Italy on this day trip to Lake Como. Admire the enchanting shoreline studded by historical villas and dainty towns that are favored by the rich and famous. Meet your group in Milan and treat all five senses to a day of luxury. Reach the city of Como by a Mercedes minivan, driven by your guide, who will point out the best scenes along the way. Upon arrival, enjoy a walking tour of the elegant streets, while admiring historic landmarks. Learn about the area's Catholic roots at Basilica di San Fedele and Como Cathedral. After soaking in some local culture, set off on your cruise. Enjoy the sway of Lake Como's vast, calm waters, gently ruffled by soft breezes. Discover the finest sights in the region of Lombardy, as the horizon is framed by mountains, including the snow-peaked Alps. Stop at the charming towns of Bellagio and Varenna for a pleasant stroll and tastings of local products. Indulge yourself with a relaxed lunch and wine tasting, before the ride back to Milan.

From Milan: Lago di Como Private Tour

5. From Milan: Lago di Como Private Tour

Enjoy a private tour to the Lago di Como for eight hours with a private tour guide for two hours and a private luxury vehicle with chauffeur that will pick you up and drop-off from your hotel in Milan or place of preference inside the city. Once your private chauffeur has picked you up, you will go ahead with your tour guide to your destination. In this tour you will have the opportunity to discover the Lago di Como, known for being one of the deepest lakes in Europe and the third largest in Italy. Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, you can admire many subtropical plants that grow there. If you wish, the tour offers an exclusive boat ride on the waters of the lake. It will be a perfect opportunity for you to completely relax and enjoy the majestic scenery from another perspective. Plus, while you sail on the water of the lake, you will be able to visit the closest cities such as Como, Bellagio, Tremezzo and Varenna. At the end of the tour, your private chauffeur will return you to your hotel in Milan or place of preference inside the city.

Lake Como: Aperitivo Tasting with a Local Gastronomy Expert

6. Lake Como: Aperitivo Tasting with a Local Gastronomy Expert

Not much time available on Lake Como? Are you looking for some good tips for your food shopping and for your curious papilla? We're also addicted Foodies and we know what you need... Meet Federica, your DOC Gastronomy Expert and enjoy a friendly Aperitivo with her. She will tell you about the local food culture and traditional recipes. She will share some interesting stories about our lake and her role as a Slow Food Ambassador. She will teach you how to recognize a local dish and she will give you some good advices on where and how to eat good, as a real local!

4-Day Northern Italy Lakes Tour from Milan

7. 4-Day Northern Italy Lakes Tour from Milan

Spend an enjoyable 4 days and 3 nights touring the lakes region of northern Italy. Admire the scenic beauty of the area as you tour by land and water. Visit lovely lakeside villages and islands and explore the historic city of Verona on a guided tour. Day 1: Milan, Lake Orta, Stresa, Como Depart Milan at 08:30 for the drive to Lake Orta, a small, charming lake situated in the north-eastern part of the Piedmont region. Stop in the beautiful village of Orta San Giulio for a short visit. Then take a boat to the island of San Giulio, the gem of the lake that is almost entirely occupied by the Mater Ecclesie Monastery. After a short visit, you’ll take the ferry back to Orta, and travel by bus to Stresa, on Lake Maggiore, one of the largest of Italy’s lakes. Arrive in Stresa, an international tourist resort, where you’ll enjoy free time for lunch, and in the afternoon take a tour of Pescatori island by boat. Continue to Bella Island, where you can visit Borromeo Palace with its magnificent gardens. Return to Stresa before heading on to Como. Overnight in Como. Day 2: Como, Bellagio, Varenna, Bergamo, Brescia Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, followed by a short visit to Como. Take in views of the high mountain overlooking the lake, the wild alpine valley, and the surrounding villages. On Lake Como you’ll board a boat to take you to Bellagio, located at the tip of the peninsula that separates the lake's 2 southern arms. You’ll have views of the Alps across the lake to the north. There will be free time for lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll depart by boat for Varenna. After a panoramic tour you’ll continue on to Bergamo. Enjoy a short walking tour of the city center before heading to Brescia. Overnight in Brescia. Day 3: Brescia, Sirmione, Riva Del Garda, Verona You’ll depart Brescia for Lake Garda after breakfast. Enjoy a panoramic tour along the western coast of the largest of the Italian lakes. Admire the splendid natural landscapes surrounded by the Dolomites of Brenta to the north and gentle sloping hills to the south. When you arrive in Sirmione you’ll have the best panoramic views of the lake. Take a boat tour and admire the Sirmione Cape, the castle, and the Grotto of Catullo. Depart for Riva del Garda on the north side of the lake. Visit its historic center with free time for lunch before the drive to Verona. Overnight in Verona. Day 4: Verona, Milan After breakfast at the hotel you’ll tour the famous city of Verona, a work of art in itself. This fascinating crossroads of historical periods and cultures is a blend of Nordic and Mediterranean influences. See traces of its splendid Roman origins, its prevailing medieval structures, its magnificent Renaissance palaces, and impressive fortifications. You’ll have free time for lunch before departing for Milan in the afternoon.

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What people are saying about Varenna

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,359 reviews

Amazing on all fronts....proper management, humble and great tour guide (we had Sara who is very knowledgeable and speaks many languages) comfortable bus with great driver ...fabulous scenery to the extent you dont want the tour to end

Activité très bien organisée. Guide très agréable et soucieuse du bon déroulement de l’activité. Paysages à couper le souffle. Nous avons passé une excellente journée.

The meeting points were conveniently located. The tour guide was knowledgeable and gave great recommendations. The day trip was definitely worth it.

Great day trip to Lake Como and the other nearby towns. The transportation was very efficient and the guide was professional and knowledgeable.

It was a great experience beautiful scenery and amazing water and excellent tour guide !!