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Sanctuary of Madonna del Ghisallo

Sanctuary of Madonna del Ghisallo: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Milan: Lake Como Cruise with Visits to Como & Bellagio

1. From Milan: Lake Como Cruise with Visits to Como & Bellagio

Explore one of the most picturesque regions of northern Italy on a full-day sightseeing tour to the celebrities’ favorite destination of Lake Como. Visit the beautiful cities of Como and Bellagio, take a cruise on the lake, and admire the scenic views of the region. During the bus ride out from Milan, informative commentary will be given on the historical landmarks and the spectacular landscape along the way. Upon arrival in Como, take a walking tour of the scenic town center, where nature, art and local traditions collide. Learn about the many great poets and writers who have been enchanted and inspired by the beauty of Como’s villas, gardens and fairytale atmosphere. Next, climb aboard a boat for a cruise up the lake to Bellagio, known as the “Pearl of the Lake” by those in the know. Lunch is available to purchase onboard. After, head to the Sanctuary of Madonna del Ghisallo, the patron saint of cyclists.  This is one of the most famous places for cycling enthusiasts and a destination for thousands of sportsmen from all over the world. Inside the church, you will be able to admire keepsakes, iconic jerseys, and bicycles of the most loved cyclists in the world including Coppi, Bartali, Merckx, Motta, and Pantani. From November 2nd, 2023 to April 30th, 2024, the Ghisallo visit will not take place; the group will ferry from Bellagio to Cadenabbia and then return to Milan.

From Milan: Lugano & Bellagio Day Trip & Lake Boat Cruise

2. From Milan: Lugano & Bellagio Day Trip & Lake Boat Cruise

Enjoy a full-day trip to Lake Como, Lugano, and Bellagio. Discover the best of Italy and Switzerland on this guided tour. Discover two countries in one day on a scenic day trip from Milan. Admire panoramic views of Lake Como and stroll around its medieval streets. Take a boat trip to explore the charming shops of Bellagio and visit the beautiful town of Lugano in Switzerland. Jump aboard a bus in Milan and drive toward Lake Como. Wander around medieval alleys on a guided walking tour and see the old villas. Discover the art, history, and local traditions of the area before seeing the impressive Gothic Cathedral. After your break, begin your drive to the small village of Cadenabbia. Navigate the lake and reach Bellagio, where you can explore and shop at your own pace. After visiting Bellagio cruise back to Cadenabbia and hop back on the bus to make your way to Switzerland. Admire impressive views of The Alps and the stunning Lake Lugano as you drive by, then enjoy your free time in Lugano to walk around and explore. After an amazing day exploring two different countries ride the bus back to Milan.

From Milan: Como & Bellagio Guided Tour & Lake Como Cruise

3. From Milan: Como & Bellagio Guided Tour & Lake Como Cruise

Departure by bus from Milan as your tour leader welcomes you onboard. After about 1 hour, you will reach Como, with its beautiful medieval alleys, large squares, wonderful Gothic Cathedral, and bars that invite tourists to have a gourmet break. Admire the beautiful landscapes around Lake Como, characterized by the marvelous villas and the lush greenery that is reflected in the waters of the lake. Get a different perspective by sailing on the lake by boat, until you reach Bellagio. Upon arrival, explore this picturesque village with your guide. Before returning to Milan, walk along the road that runs along the shores of the lake, taking in stunning views of the lake.

From Milano Lake Como Cruise with Como, Bellagio Tour

4. From Milano Lake Como Cruise with Como, Bellagio Tour

We'll gather at 8:30 am at Repubblica in Milan and head north by bus. After an hour's ride, we'll arrive at our first stop, Como, where we'll embark on a guided walking tour. This tour will showcase Como's key landmarks, including the impressive Duomo, its charming narrow streets, and the stunning lakeside.From Como, we'll take a panoramic cruise towards Bellagio, renowned as the 'Pearl of Lake Como.' Aboard the ferry, you'll witness the breathtaking Lake Como from a unique vantage point. During the two-hour cruise, marvel at the incredible lake vistas, spot the famous town of Laglio with George Clooney's villa, and admire historic villas like Villa Carlotta, Balbianello, Cassinella, Melfi, alongside unspoiled natural scenery. Following the cruise, enjoy leisure time to soak in the idyllic atmosphere, explore the gardens, streets, stairways, and the scenic lakefront. Perhaps indulge in a glass of wine from one of the village cellars. Continuing our adventure before returning to Milan, our bus will take us to a panoramic viewpoint and the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Ghisallo, highly esteemed by cycling amateur. Adjacent to the sanctuary lies the Museum of Cycling, housing jerseys and personal items of cycling legends such as Coppi, Bartali, Merckx, Motta, and Pantani.Our return journey will bring us back to the meeting point in Milan, estimated around 7:00 pm."

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What people are saying about Sanctuary of Madonna del Ghisallo

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 90 reviews

Amazing day ! We had enough time during the layovers to sightsee and eat. Despite the bad weather, the landscapes were magnificent and we had a few rays of sunshine. Our guide: “Alicia” was charming, smiling and took the time to explain to us and kept us well informed and guided throughout the day. We had a great day. I recommend.

Fantastic day in the Lake Como area. The guide Maria was full of wonderful information about the area and was an excellent host to all. Many Thanks

The guide Alice was very professional and friendly. everything went very well as expected

everything seemed to flow nicely. the weather was gorgeous and we had fun.

The tour program and guide were very good. I'm satisfied