8 hours
225 euro
Price per person
Departure point

In collaboration with Lake Como Food Tourslake-como-food-tours

full day guided tour discovering the pearls of Lake Como:  walking tours of Bellagio and Varenna, a visit to Villa Balbianello and Villa Melzi, a relaxing private cruise, the sampling of olive oil at an  original mill plus tastings of local cheese, cold cuts, wine, fish and pasta.

Tour Details

This full day tour will allow you to discover the “pearls” of the mid lake area and view and visit some of the most famous waterfront villas, all accompanied with the tasting of delicious local products.

The tour starts with a trip to a fascinating original mill on the hills above Varenna where you will be offered a tasting of the world famous locally produced olive oil, typical Valsassina cheese, cold cuts and wine followed by a guided walking tour of Varenna with its Celtic origins and steep alleys.

Lunch will be served in a lakefront restaurant where you will sample typical freshwater fish starters and delicious pasta (a non-fish menu will also be available).

An unforgettable private motorboat cruise will give you the chance to relax in the afternoon admiring the spectacular mountains and the stunning villas, once the homes of aristocrats, now the playgrounds for the jet set.

You will disembark at Villa del Balbianello for a guided visit, a real gem not to be missed, stunning shooting location for a number of famous films such as “Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones” and “Casino Royale”. 

Afterwards, our motorboat will bring you to Bellagio, where you shall be guided through the wonderful Villa Melzi gardens, followed by a stroll along the lakeside.

The tour will end at approximately 5:30 pm in this world-renowned village, where you are highly recommended to stop for a romantic happy hour or dinner. Our tour guide will suggest the best restaurants and cafes in the area.

Price: Adult €225 – Youth 4-12 €125 – Child 0-3 €25 euro

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Meeting point

Varenna Ferry Terminal (Ticket office)

Visit a mill

Sampling of local olive oil, typical cheese, cold cuts and wine at an original mill near Perledo


Walking tour


Tasting local dishes at a quality lakefront restaurant

Boat Tour

Cruise of the central lake villas

Visit to Villa Balbianello



Villa Melzi, walking Tour plus a traditional sweet tasting

What’s included

  • Full day professional, friendly English speaking licensed guide.
  • Tasting of delicious local specialties in a charming old mill.
  • Special lunch in a typical local restaurant (2 courses, water and glass of wine).
  • Boat tour of the villas.
  • Tickets to Villa del Balbianello

What’s not included

  • The price does not include transfer to and from the meeting point.
  • We are easily reachable from the central area of the lake and from Como/Cernobbio. Please contact us for further details.

Additional info

  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • A fair amount of walking is involved. The trail to the mill where we do the morning tasting entails a descent with some steep steps which must also be ascended on the return trip. Please make sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for walking.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
  • Please bring a bottle of water; alternatively you can purchase one near the meeting point.
  • A minimum of two people per booking is required.
  • The tour runs rain or shine. In case of bad weather conditions it is possible that the tour undergoes some slight changes and that the transfer to Villa Balbianello is done using public transport and not with the private boat taxi due to safety reasons.
  • At the time of booking, please provide your contact number and hotel details, should we need to contact you.

Cancellations made 1 week prior to the scheduled tour date are fully refundable.