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From the old town of Como to the romantic setting of Varenna, this Italian Lake tour has a lot to offer. Lake Como is a walker’s paradise, all the towns and villages that adorn the lake are beautiful and have rustic charm, and at every point there is normally a spectacular view of the Lake and surrounding area.
Take a cable car up to Brunate to get a truly panoramic view of the lake or soak up the culture while drinking a glass of crisp Italian wine while sitting on the waterfront. This route shows you the beauty of the area and gives you an insight into why people come back to Lake Como year after year.
Arrival in Como, either by train or bus. You can take a short visit into the historic town centre and maybe stroll along the lake.
Lake Como. Today you take the cable car up to Brunate, which has stunning views of Lake Como and you take a walk along the ridge. Either take a picnic or eat at one of the restaurants, either way you will have a panoramic view of the Lake while you lunch. Walk along the ruins of a medieval castle and then go back down towards the lake again. There is the possibility to continue and walk to the lakeshore village, of Torno, which is a beautiful spot and take the boat back. Otherwise return by cable car to Como. As day turns to night, enjoy a delicious meal in one of the many great restaurants in the historic city centre.
Como to Breglia. In the first part of the day, take the time to explore the old town of Como, which is well-known for its churches, medieval town walls and great local markets. Take a stroll through the narrow alleys in the town and along the lake. Afterwards, you travel by boat to Menaggio, admiring all the charming villages alongside the lake. In Menaggio you will be met by a taxi which will take you to the charming village of Breglia. If you want some more spectacular views of the lake, a short walk away is Madonna di Breglia, a ‘church with a view’ which was built in 1750 overlooking the lake.
Breglia: Route up to 9km. Wake up in your hotel and from here you take an easy walk directly up to Menaggio’s Mountain Hut, which has fantastic views. The first part of the walk is through the old village and the beautiful forest which has viewpoints out onto the lake. Once you reach the Mountain Hut, which is up quite a steep hill, you can have lunch. A short extra walk brings you to ‘Pizza Coppa’ which has amazing views of Lake Como, Val Menaggio and even to Lake Lugano in Switzerland.
Varenna. Today you take a boat to the charming village of Varenna, deemed ‘Italy’s most romantic village’. Why it gets this name is easily understood when you arrive and take in the views of the lake and mountains, brightly painted houses coupled with flower-filled balconies and a delightful, busy waterfront. The quintessential Italian village.
You will then take a walk to find the interesting Fiumelatte; Italy’s shortest river, which gets its name (milk river) from the milky white colour of its water. In the afternoon, you can visit Bellano; a charming little village, where you will find the canyon of the river Pioverna. Alternatively, you could take a leisurely day, taking in the fantastic local cuisine and sampling the endless charm of Varenna.
Sentiero del Viandante. The “Sentiero del Viandante” route has several options in regards to sights to see on the trail. From Varenna you travel by boat or bus to Dervio or Bellano, and from there you walk along a easy coastal path back to Varenna. Or if you want you can combine the walk with a visit to the Abbey of Piona; a very interesting attraction on Lake Como. The Abbey’s interiors are open to the public and the small shops inside sell various types of liquors brewed at here, as well as chocolates and sweets that are said help cure a vast number of aliments.
The Villages of Lake Como: up to 8km. Today you will be able to visit the whole central section of the Lake by boat. Depending on what interests you most, you have quite a lot of choice in regards to itinerary. One top sight is the charming Bellagio,” the pearl of the lake”, situated on the Punta Spartivento. Bellagio only has a population of 200 people but is a tourist’s dream with lots of excellent boutiques, gardens and surprisingly varied choice of restaurants and bars.
From here you can choose to go on a scenic walk away from the village towards the charming fishing village of Pescallo which looks out on the western Lecco branch of Lake Como. Then there is still time to explore any number of the local villages by boat, or simply relax with a glass of crisp Italian wine somewhere on the lakeshore.
We’ll say “Arrivederci” before transferring you to your chosen airport by minibus or taxi.
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