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Villa del Balbianello

Villa del Balbianello: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Milan: Como, Lugano, and Bellagio Tour with Lake Cruise

1. From Milan: Como, Lugano, and Bellagio Tour with Lake Cruise

Lake Como, Lugano & Bellagio Tour We'll meet at 8:30 am at Piazza Quattro Novembre, and from this point in Milan we'll travel north by bus. After a 1-hour ride we'll arrive at our first destination, where we'll enjoy a guided tour of Como. On this tour, we'll see the most important monuments of the historic centre of this town such as the the Basilica of San Fedele and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. From here, we'll head to Lugano by bus. In this Swiss town you'll have two hours of free time to have lunch and visit its famous chocolate stores. Discover the Swiss Mediterranean style of life, the luxory shops of Via Nassa, the Ciani Park. After lunch, we'll return to Italy, where we'll pass through Cadenabbia di Griante. This village has hosted distinguished figures such as Queen Victoria I of England and Tsar Nicholas II: In Cadennabia, we'll hop aboard a ferry that'll take us on the 20-minute trip to Bellagio. When we get to this picturesque town, you'll have 1 hour of free time to stroll through its charming streets. Bellagio is world wide known as the Pearl of Como lake. Here you will enjoy some free time in a romantic atmosphere of long lake or in its narrow street up on the hill, you will have time to enjoy a glass of wine front of the lake. Later, board a ferry boat and get the opportunity to see the incredible Lake Como from a different perspective. we will spend two hours on board being able to admire the splendid lake landscapes, the historic villas such as Villa Carlotta, Balbianello, Erba and those of famous people such as George Clooney or Versace, corners of unspoiled nature.

Bellagio: The Devil’s Bridge Wilderness Walk

2. Bellagio: The Devil’s Bridge Wilderness Walk

Visit a place that is so close to Bellagio and yet, little known and little visited. The village of Lezzeno, between the mountains and the lake, is mysterious — disturbing, according to some. Tradition says that witches and the devil himself used to feel at home here.  It’s hard not to believe tradition when you arrive at this village and see the hidden Devil’s Bridge. This bridge, suspended through wilderness, will be your starting point as you follow a trail that reveals a paradise-like landscape. Take in the rarely seen views on the opposite shore where Villa Balbianello stands. This spectacular walk, accompanied throughout by a view of Lake Como, ends in the heart of an unmissable village for those who want to know the hidden soul of this territory.

From Milan: Lake Como Private Day Trip

3. From Milan: Lake Como Private Day Trip

Start the day with a pick-up at your hotel/apartment in Milan in a Mercedes sedan/minivan. Your private driver will take you to Lake Como where you will enjoy the scenic drive along the lake. You will then stop at the stunning Villa Balbianello and have time to visit on your own. The location on the banks of the lake is so beautiful that the villa has been used as filming location for Star Wars (Episode 2) and 007 Casino Royale. Please note that the villa is closed on Monday and Wednesday.  When closed, you may visit Villa Carlotta (or Villa Melzi), another beautiful villa on the waterfront, surrounded by lush botanical gardens.  After the visit to the villa, together with your driver, you will take the ferry-boat to Bellagio. The 20-minute crossing is nice and fun and will let you see the beautiful scenery with great photo opportunities from the water (your driver will take care of the schedule and buy the tickets that are included in the price of the tour).  If you wish, instead of taking the public ferry, you may choose to have a private boat tour with a private skipper. The duration of the private boat tour will be one hour and will allow you to see some of the nicest spots on the lake. The private boat tour is optional at additional cost (you may choose this option when booking the tour).  You will finally reach the lovely town of Bellagio. Here you will have free time to explore on your own and have lunch (please note that the price of lunch is not included in the price but we will be happy to give you some restaurant suggestions and book a table for you).  After Bellagio you will meet again your driver and he will take you back to your hotel/apartment in Milan. The private boat tour is optional and subject to availability (in case it is not available you may change date, have a partial refund or cancel and have a full refund). At Villa Balbianello you will visit the beautiful gardens. If you wish to do the visit inside the old house you need to prebook in advance a guided tour at additional cost

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