Guided tour

Musso: Pirates and Legends of Lake Como Walking Tour

Activity provider: Slow Lake Como

Musso: Pirates and Legends of Lake Como Walking Tour

Activity provider: Slow Lake Como

From US$ 141.17 per person

Set off on a walking tour and learn about the history of Lake Como's freshwater pirates. Visit the Giardino del Merlo, a hidden gem of the area, and take in stunning views of the lake and its surroundings.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Take in sweeping views of Italy's favorite lake backed by breathtaking landscapes
  • Discover the verdant and lesser-known botanical garden Giardino Del Merlo
  • Savor a locally-sourced picnic at the stunning viewpoint of Santa Eufemia Church
  • Learn about freshwater pirates and their legacy on Lake Como and its surrounds
  • Travel back in time to a sometimes glossed over moment in Lake Como's history
Full description

Immerse yourself in the secrets and legends of Lake Como on a guided walking tour. Visit Giardino del Merlo botanical garden, one of the most fascinating locations around Lake Como. Stop in Musso, where the Mussolini column was erected in 1932. Sit for a picnic lunch near the Church of Santa Eufemia.

Set off with your guide to discover the best-kept secrets of Lake Como's western shore. Hear about everything from Mussolini to freshwater pirates to off-the-beaten-path natural landscapes. Take in stunning views of the lake on the way to Giardino del Merlo.

Wander the garden full of exotic plants, bridges, and tunnels, built on the steep rocks that separate Dongo and Musso. Visit and learn about the ruins of the Castle of Musso, the once-home of the legendary Medici, a mercenary, pirate, and rebel.

End the experience with a relaxing, local picnic lunch at Santa Eufemia Church, a stately monument looking over the lake. Marvel at panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Head home with a different understanding of Lake Como and its rich history.

  • Walking tour
  • Tour guide
  • Packed lunch with local cheese and salami
  • Tips
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in the free parking lot of the cemetery.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Rain gear
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Reusable water bottle

Know before you go

  • Some of the subjects of this tour could be considered intense for children
  • This activity takes place on easy trail paths or roads with modest gradients. It is suitable for untrained walkers, although experience walking on hilly trails is expected

Product ID: 382802