The pearls of Lake Como

The pearls of Lake Como

From Lecco and Como passing through Varenna, Bellano, Bellagio and Menaggio to discover the pearls of the Lario.

The pearls of Lake Como

Description of offer

For centuries Lake Como has never ceased to seduce. A much loved lake, today as then.
With gardens, villas, unique views. A body of water with a thousand proposals.
It will be for the combination of mountain, flowering parks and dense woods or for the dwellings of delight and crotti with pergolas.
You can decide after having lived it day by day which aspect hit you most directly to the heart!

Destination

LOMBARDY - Como Lake

Type Activities

  • Art & Culture Art & Culture
  • Guided visit
  • Excursion: By foot

Day by day

Accompanied by our guide we will go to the discovery of Lecco, the city of the Betrothed, of Lake Como and the fantastic Orobie PreAlps that surround it, a unique glance that contains natural beauties unique in the world, set between the lake and mountains. Lecco is the treasure chest of history that has crossed it: from the Duchy of Milan with the Visconti family, to the Spanish and Austrian domination, every era has brought with it constructions and evolutions.
Typical lunch in a restaurant
In the afternoon we will reach Abbadia Lariana for the visit to the Civic Museum Setificio Monti, set up in an old factory to twist the silk thread. The museum reproduces in the environment, in the tools and machinery still working, a silk yarn factory from the second half of the 19th century.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel and / or structure

Continue to Varenna to discover the Lovers' Walk, a cantilevered walkway over the water, to be covered while admiring the lake and its mountains, to reach the small village on whose summit stands the Vezio Castle. Visit of the historic center and the church of San Giorgio. Boat trip to Bellagio, here colorful houses, picturesque alleys, characteristic stairways, ancient churches make the old village a place of great charm. Between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, noble and wealthy Lombard bourgeois built luxurious villas in which famous personalities, both Italian and foreign, found hospitality: Napoleon Bonaparte, the pianist and composer Franz Liszt, the Emperor Francis I, the Kaiser William and Alessandro Manzoni.
Typical lunch in a restaurant
In the afternoon, continuation of visits to Villa Monastero which is located in a central position with respect to the magnificent botanical garden, rich in colors and shapes that is home to various exotic tree species, including African palms, citrus fruits and some botanical rarities, adorned with architectural elements that furnish the park: balustrades, sculptures and temples. Inside the villa, the museum itinerary will take us to 14 different rooms where the rich furnishings, works of art and collections collected over the centuries by the various owners are perfectly preserved: from the Billiard room to the Music room, from the Mornico lounge to the master bedroom.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel and / or structure

Morning to discover Bellano, a thriving tourist center that boasts a suggestive lakeside promenade where the unique narrow streets of the ancient village converge. It is perhaps this combination of history, natural beauty and culture that has allowed it to win the Orange Flag award from the Touring Club, the certificate of excellence dedicated to "human-sized" villages. Do not miss the visit of the spectacular “Orrido” or an enchanting natural gorge created by the Piovena river that rushes along the walls. The dark rumble caused by the tumultuous waters has inspired many writers, thus making the Orrido one of the most famous tourist resorts of the Lario.
Typical lunch in a restaurant
In the afternoon, continuation to the beautiful village of Colico and outdoor route accompanied by a nautical guide in the Pian di Spagna Nature Reserve, a small plain located in the northernmost part, extending just under 1600 hectares, located at the confluence of Valtellina and Valchiavenna, between the Mezzola Lake is the northernmost portion of Lake Como. Between land and water, history and culture, art and landscape we will discover the flora and fauna immersed in a unique scenery for its beauty and its testimonies.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel and / or structure

Continuation of our itinerary to discover the fairytale Lake Como on the west side, stop in Gravedona to discover the magnificent Church of Santa Maria del Tiglio: lying on the shore of the lake in a postcard setting, a unique medieval jewel of its kind, built with black and white stones in which symbols, arches, columns and arcades can be read in relief, meant to signify action even before an art of the spirit.
Continuation to the town of Menaggio: here beauty, mild climate, nature, make the village the perfect place to disconnect from the daily routine and the deafening traffic of the big cities to restore body and mind listening to the placid sound of the lake while admiring a fairytale scenery embellished with beautiful villas.
Typical lunch in a restaurant
In the afternoon we will visit Villa Carlotta, famous for the spectacular flowering of azaleas and rhododendrons and for the works of art it contains. The villa was built as a country house in 1690, today the interiors contain valuable works of art, including the famous replica of the statue of "Cupid and Psyche" by Adamo Tadolini, a high quality copy of the original by Antonio Canova from 1796, kept in the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg.
It currently occupies an area of 70,000 square meters, with a lush garden characterized by scenic stairways, where you can admire a botanical heritage that exceeds 500 species. Continue to Como with an unmissable mini cruise by boat
Dinner and overnight at the hotel and / or structure

Full day dedicated to Como, a city of a thousand discoveries: the lake, its ancient walls, the Duomo, the Broletto, the church of S. Fedele, the church of S. Abbondio, the modern rationalist architectural lines, the softness of silk and memories that float in the air of ancient paths of skilled and intrepid merchants.
Typical lunch in a restaurant
In the afternoon, ascent to the Como - Brunate funicular inaugurated in 1894 which connects the capital to the Larian "balcony", where the two small carriages climb a steep hillside allowing you to see the splendid panorama. The funicular is on a single track that doubles only halfway where the two cars cross. The route, overcomes a difference in height of about 500 meters, allows you to reach in a few minutes the small village of Brunate, a pleasant holiday resort, frequented mainly by Como and Milanese. Brunate is also called the "balcony" of the Alps for its enchanting panoramic points of Como, the whole branch of the lake, the Lombard plain, the Alps with Monviso and Monte Rosa. Upon returning, a pleasant walk along the lakefront where you can admire the Volta Temple, a building that contains relics and memories of Alessandro Volta, the most illustrious son of Como.

THE PROPOSAL INCLUDES
Accommodation in hotel or facility
Meals mentioned in the proposal
Guide licensed for the duration of the visits
Navigation
Cable car
Programming and technical service

SUPPLEMENTS ON REQUEST
Entrance ticket to the monuments
Transfers by bus / shuttle
Extra night in hotel or structure
Extra days of excursions
Extra activities
On demand reprogramming

PLEASE NOTE: the fee is indicative and will be reconfirmed as it is subject to the availability of seats.

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