An enjoable view of the first part of west lake Como branch, enjoying the little villages and villas on the lakeshore, getting till Bellagio. The tour is suitable for those who wants to see all the main spots, and take half an hour to visit a special place on the lake (a short walking tour in Bellagio). The tour usually starts in Como town, but departure from the neigbour villages can be also arranged. The tour will cover the following spots:
Blevio and Torno – Villa Troubetzkoy, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Villa, Villa Pliniana
Blevio and Torno are the first villages after Como town. The shores are spotted with a multitude of villas from different ages. Among the most important, Villa Troubetzkoy; Villa Roccabruna, once a villa of a famous opera singer from the 19th century, recentently bought by luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel chain. Villa Pliniana, one of the oldest villas in Como, that hosted numerous historical personalities.
Nesso – The Waterfall and the village
The hallmark of Nesso is the Orrido, the waterfall that forms the backdrop to one of the most romantic corners of the lake.
Isola Comacina – The only island of the lake
The island of Lake Como is rich of history and legends. This is one of the most quiet spot on the lake.
Villa Balbianello – The villa of the movie Star Wars and Casino Royale
Villa Balbianello is one of the most beautiful spots on lake Como. The venue has become recently famous for the shots of Star Wars Episode II and James Bond Casino Royale.
Bellagio – The most famous village of Lake Como, in the center of the lake
The most famous village in Lake Como, it is located exactly in the center of the lake and divides the east from the west branch. Bellagio is characterized by narrow stepped alleys, passages and arcades, local craft shops. Two famous villas, open to public are located here, Villa Melzi and Villa Serbelloni.
Tremezzo – Opposite to Bellagio, it is famous for the beautiful gardens of Villa Carlotta
Tremezzo is a small little village which overlooks Bellagio. It has a nice lakeshore walk and a very nice view on the central park of the lake. Tremezzo is famous for two big villas, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, a nice 5 star luxury hotel, and Villa Carlotta, a villa open to public, with one of the most beautiful garden of all Italy.
Moltrasio, Carate Urio and Laglio – Villa Oleandra (George Clooney house), Villa Fontanelle
These three little villages have a huge concentration of 18th and 19th century villas, which can be spotted only from the lake by boat. The most famous is Villa Oleandra, now known for being George Clooney house in Como as his usual summer retreat. Villa Fontanelle is another very famous and beautiful estate (it was once Versace’s villa).
Cernobbio – Villa d’Este, Villa Erba
On the way back, the last village before getting back to Como is Cernobbio, which has always been a famous holidays destination. Villa d’Este is the symbol of Cernobbio: it is a 16th century villa, now one of the most important 5-star hotel in Como and in Italy. A few hundred meters after, you encounter Villa Erba, which is a very beautiful building sorrounded by a huge park.
Como – Villa Olmo, Volta Monument, the Cathedral
Before getting offboard, you will be able to admire the beauty of Como center, with the exquisite Villa Olmo, the Volta monument and on the background the cathedral.
- Total time: 3 hours
- Invictus 190FX: 550 €
- Taxi Boat: 700 € (6 people – over 6: 20€ per person)
- Cranchi E26: 750 €
- Start: Como town, or neighbourhood (Cernobbio, Blevio, Moltrasio)
- For those willing to depart from other locations, please enquire through the contact form