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Lake Como, Bellagio and Varenna: Full-Day Tour from Milan

1. Lake Como, Bellagio and Varenna: Full-Day Tour from Milan

Enjoy a memorable full-day trip by luxury coach 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.

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Lake Como with Bellagio and Lugano Day Trip from Milan

2. Lake Como with Bellagio and Lugano Day Trip from Milan

Escape the hustle and bustle of Milan for a relaxing tour of the countryside of northern Italy and southern Switzerland, traveling in air-conditioned comfort in groups of no more than 25 people. Relax as you take in Alpine views and see stunning lakes and villas. In less than an hour, you’ll pass the Italian border and arrive in Switzerland and take a scenic drive to the foot of the Alps. The first destination on your great escape is Lugano, featuring breathtaking panoramas and excellent shopping opportunities. If you are craving artistic culture, take a relaxing walk through town to Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto church. For a spot of retail therapy, make your way over to the beautiful downtown shopping area, brimming with inviting shops, rich Swiss chocolate, and fine luxury goods. Next, reach the famous city of Bellagio, the "Pearl of Lake Como.” Once in Bellagio, enjoy free time to explore the town and do some shopping, or relax and eat some local food in the most nostalgic bars and restaurants. After taking some photos and enjoying the town’s charming atmosphere, continue to Lake Como by coach. Upon arrival, enjoy a 2-hour boat cruise along the lake for a unique opportunity to admire the breathtaking landscapes and see villas of the rich and famous. Lake Como is a famous holiday destination for stars and celebrities. During the cruise, your guide will point out George Clooney’s villa, plus villas that once hosted Star Wars and James Bond movie sets. After that, the bus will take you back to Milan’s city center in time for dinner.

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Half-Day Lake Como Discovery Tour from Milan

3. Half-Day Lake Como Discovery Tour from Milan

Start your sightseeing adventure by meeting your guide at Cadorna Station in Milan, then catch a morning train from Milan to Lake Como; a scenic hour-long trip. Once in Como, you will take a leisurely walk through the city center with your local guide, discovering the majestic white marble Duomo, walking along the elegant Via Vittorio Emanuele, and taking in medieval walls and the Romanesque Sant’ Abbondio Church. The highlight of the tour is the superb, 600-year old Cathedral, and you'll discover traditional shops and upscale boutiques in Piazza Cavour, Via Plinio, and the waterfront. Your walk continues along the lakeside promenade to Villa Olmo, where you'll have magnificent views of the lake and town from the ornate garden. After the tour, enjoy some free time to enjoy Lake Como at your own pace, visiting more sites or just enjoying the scenery and Italian sunshine. With included return train tickets to Milan, you're free to explore Lake Como for as long as you want, then return to Milan at your preferred time.

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From Milan: Lake Como and Bellagio Full-Day Trip

4. From Milan: Lake Como and Bellagio Full-Day Trip

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. You will reach the enchanting Bellagio, one of the most beautiful tourist resorts and an elegant town that attracts thousands of visitors each day. Before returning to Milan, you will make an excursion to the upper part of the lake, towards the Monte del Ghisallo. Here, you will visit the Church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, a reference point for the many cyclists passionate about two-wheeled excursions along mountain trails.

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Lake Como: Private 3-Hour Tour with Cable Car Ride

5. Lake Como: Private 3-Hour Tour with Cable Car Ride

Visit Como, a Lombardy town renowned for its lively cultural history and beautiful lake. Because of its favorable position, Como was inhabited by many different groups, including Celts and Romans, that quickly turned it into a rich medieval center. While strolling through its streets you will get the chance to encounter buildings and monuments dating back to different phases of the city's history. Meet your guide at Piazza Cavour, a beautiful square facing the lake, and then move on to Piazza Volta and Piazza Mazzini, both commercial centers during the Middle Ages and still now lively areas full of shops, bars, and restaurants. Discover all the city's major landmarks such as the imposing Como Cathedral and San Fedele Romanic Basilica. See more monuments on your way, including Porta Torre, the city's main fortified tower. Reach Brunate, a town overlooking the lake. Ride the cable car and get to the Pissarottino panoramic viewpoint to admire the stunning panorama from a unique position and see Lake Como from above.

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Lake Como: Food Walking Tour

6. Lake Como: Food Walking Tour

Meet your friendly guide in Piazza Duomo and then set out on a food-lovers walking tour through the charming streets of Como. The tour takes you to a number of historic eateries, modern cafes, and trendy restaurants where you can sample the true gastronomic wonders of this city. During the tour, get a sense of authentic life in Como while mingling with the locals and listening to stories about the city’s history and culinary culture. Start the day off right with a traditional lunch in a historical wine shop. Settle in for a chop-board of high-quality cured meats and a lovely glass of local wine.  Head then for some gourmet pizza, because you can't miss this pillar of Italian street food while in Como. In a delicious, historical bakery, snack on a slice of pizza like the locals do — while walking.  Continue the walking tour with a stop for a polenta dish, the queen of the table in the Como area as well as in the whole Alpine region. Polenta here is produced by mixing corn and buckwheat flour, and is served with braised meat or cheese and melted butter. In Valtellina dialect "sciat" means toad, but this delicacy is actually a delicious and crunchy pancakes with a cheesy center. Sample a sciat and then the delicious Nuvola cake, translating literally to "cloud." While the shape resembles that of a large plumcake, the texture is something halfway between panettone and pandoro, but much softer — precisely like a cloud — and it is filled with apricot jam. Alternatively, you can enjoy a delicious ice cream while walking along the romantic lakeside promenade. Conclude the tour with a coffee, because any respectable Italian lunch can only end with a tasty espresso.

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From Milan: Full-Day Trip to Como, Lugano and Bellagio

7. From Milan: Full-Day Trip to Como, Lugano and Bellagio

Discover two countries in one day on this unforgettable tour. See Lake Como and enjoy the scenic views. Explore Bellagio, known as the Pearl of Lake Como, and visit the town of Lugano. Start your trip from Milan, jump aboard a bus and drive to Lake Como. Stroll along the medieval alleys on this guided walking tour and see the old villas. Discover the art, history, and local traditions before seeing the impressive Gothic Cathedral. Next, go back on the bus and head to Switzerland. First, admire the views of The Alps as you drive by. Enjoy free time in Lugano to walk around and explore. Visit Lake Lugano and relax with a picnic by the lake. Afterward, drive to the small village of Cadenabbia. Then board a ferry to Bellagio. Once in Bellagio, you can walk around or go shopping, if you like. Continue to Mount Ghisallo and see the Sanctuary of Madonna del Ghisallo dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Return to Milan by bus.

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From Milan: Como, Lugano and Bellagio Full-Day Tour

8. From Milan: Como, Lugano and Bellagio Full-Day Tour

Immerse yourself in the best of Swiss and Italian culture on this full-day tour. Departing from Milan, enjoy an informative commentary on the historical landmarks and the spectacular landscape along the way. Your first stop will be the picturesque and ever-popular city of Como. Once off the bus, enjoy a walking tour of the city and reach the gothic cathedral, accompanied by a professional tour guide who will help you to discover the art and history of this charming city. Afterward,  head to the Swiss town of Lugano where you will have some free time to visit the city center, taste some Swiss Chocolate and have lunch. After lunch, head to the small village of Cadenabbia, where both Queen Victoria of England and Zar Nicholas of Russia were frequent visitors. From there, take a panoramic cruise to reach Bellagio, also known as the “Pearl of Lake Como”. Enjoy some free time to soak up the laid-back atmosphere of this idyllic and relaxing place before continuing to the Sanctuary of Madonna del Ghisallo, the patron saint of cyclists. Inside the church, admire keepsakes, iconic jerseys, and bicycles from the world's most beloved cyclists including Coppi, Bartali, Merckx, Motta, and Pantani.

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From Milan: Guided Tour of Como & Lake Como

9. From Milan: Guided Tour of Como & Lake Como

Meet your guide near the Cardorna train station in Milan. Ride the train to Como. Explore the 2000-year old city of Como with your knowledgable guide. Como is famous for its gorgeous scenery– it borders the stunning Lake Como, is near the alps, and has a pleasant climate. In earlier centuries, the city was a favorite among the Roman elite. Now it is a vacation destination for Hollywood celebrities. Explore Como’s historic center with your knowledgable guide. Admire the city’s beautiful architecture and sculpture. Visit its historic churches. Take in stunning vistas. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty of Lake Como, Italy’s 3rd largest lake.

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Lake Como Tour: The Story of the Local Rebels

10. Lake Como Tour: The Story of the Local Rebels

Lake Como is a land of wonderful landscapes and history, but also, a place full of tales of smugglers, brigands, and soldiers. In this frontier land between Italy and Switzerland, the mountains just off the center of Como were excavated to accommodate trenches, fortresses and hiding places. The forests have been inhabited by thousands of soldiers and the trails were crossed from one side of the border to the other by men with allegiances to both countries. Your guide will lead you on a fascinating tour through the Spina Verde park, a still green area of Como, where you can enjoy the natural beauty of the park, beautiful views of the city, the lake and learn very peculiar aspects of the local history.

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What people are saying about Lake Como

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Our tour guide Mara is amazing, she’s very passionate and knowledgeable and she showed us all the must see spots and the history behind it. Lugano is amazing place, we got there in the morning, took beautiful pictures, went around the area. Then moved to Bellagio by ferry for lunch and by fast ferry to Como. It’s a great experience! We enjoyed it so much.

I can't recommend this tour and Alicia, our tour guide, enough. I had a brilliant day and the tour felt very bespoke and professional. Such good value for money considering all the places we went to, including our boat cruise.

Superbe expérience avec une prise en charge irréprochable. Paysages incroyables et la visite en bateau est très complète. Merci pour tout !

Unbeatable experience, Franco our very attentive guide, explained everything very well. The setting, incomparable

The entire trip was pleasant and Lake Como was really beautiful