Things to do in Province of Como

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From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Day Tour

1. From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Day Tour

Enjoy a memorable full-day trip by luxury bus to Lake Como, world famous for its beautiful villas and gardens. You’ll have a chance to admire the 3 branches of the lake, each with different landscapes. Stop in the town of Como for a walking tour of the city center and a visit to the neoclassical Villa Olmo and its lovely Italian garden. Next, take a relaxing cruise on the lake by private boat, and enjoy the spectacular views. Visit the colorful villages of Bellagio and Varenna. Take a walk along narrow cobblestoned streets and enjoy the charming surroundings.

From Milan: Lake Como, St. Moritz & Bernina Train Day Trip

2. From Milan: Lake Como, St. Moritz & Bernina Train Day Trip

Board a luxury coach and head to the historic town of Lecco before making your way to the shores of Lake Como. Board a private boat and cruise across the calm water just after sunrise. During the cruise, enjoy the view of picturesque villages like Bellagio and Varenna and of some famous villas. Continue to St. Moritz by coach and get stunning views of the valleys and breathtaking landscapes like Chiavenna and Bregaglia. Pass through the Alpine valleys of Graubünden and the dramatic Maloja Pass through the Swiss Alps. Arrive in St Moritz and get some free time to explore and enjoy lunch or a snack at your own pace. Browse the upscale fashion stores, go for a promenade along the lake or sip a hot chocolate in one of the village cafés. Then, board the Bernina Red Train and take a breathtaking ride along one of the most beautiful rail routes in the world. Arrive at the village of Tirano to cross the Valtellina on the way back to Milan.

From Milan: Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip

3. From Milan: Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip

Discover the third-largest lake in Italy, Como Lake, on this bus tour from Milan. Ride from Milan to the lake on a comfortable bus. Marvel at Mediterranean and Alpine scenery summer boat cruise to Bellagio Island or ride up the steep cogwheel line to visit mountainside town of Brunate in winter.  Along the shores, from Cernobbio to Gravedona and Bellagio, see wonderful villas and gardens with plenty of flowers, as well as exotic and rare plants. In Como, visit the center of the city with your guide, and explore the picturesque streets, beautiful architecture, and stunning views. Enjoy a funicular ride to Brunate village in the wintertime or head out onto the lake for a 2–hour panoramic boat cruise to Bellagio Island in the summer, undoubtedly the most famous resort on the lake. Situated where Lake Como divides into 2 branches, Como and Lecco, Bellagio offers amazing panoramas. Bellagio itself is famous for its wonderful villas, with parks, and beautiful Italian and English gardens.

From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Lugano Bus Day Trip

4. From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Lugano Bus Day Trip

Escape the hustle and bustle of Milan for a relaxing tour of the countryside of northern Italy and southern Switzerland, traveling in air-conditioned comfort. Relax as you take in Alpine views and see stunning lakes and villas. In less than an hour, you’ll pass the Italian border and arrive in Switzerland and take a scenic drive to the foot of the Alps. The first destination on your great escape is Lugano, featuring breathtaking panoramas and excellent shopping opportunities. If you are craving artistic culture, take a relaxing walk through town to Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto church. For a spot of retail therapy, make your way over to the beautiful downtown shopping area, brimming with inviting shops, rich Swiss chocolate, and fine luxury goods. Next, reach the famous city of Bellagio, the "Pearl of Lake Como.” Once in Bellagio, enjoy free time to explore the town and do some shopping, or relax and eat some local food in the most nostalgic bars and restaurants. After taking some photos and enjoying the town’s charming atmosphere, continue to Lake Como by coach. Upon arrival, enjoy a relaxing cruise along the lake for a unique opportunity to admire the breathtaking landscapes and see villas of the rich and famous. Lake Como is a famous holiday destination for stars and celebrities. During the cruise, your guide will point out George Clooney’s villa, plus villas that once hosted Star Wars and James Bond movie sets. After that, the bus will take you back to Milan’s city center in time for dinner.

From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Guided Day Trip

5. From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Guided Day Trip

Marvel at the stunning mountain scenery around Lake Como on a guided day tour from Milan. Marvel at the Mediterranean and Alpine scenery on a summer boat cruise to Bellagio Island and Varenna, or ride the steep cogwheel line to the mountainside town of Brunate in winter. Begin your journey by bus and travel directly from Milan to Como. Join your guide on a walking tour to discover Como Cathedral and other historical gems. In summer, hop on a ferry along the lake and listen to a live commentary highlighting top villas, gardens, and other sites. Disembark at Bellagio, regarded as one of the most beautiful and idyllic towns in the region, and enjoy 2 hours of free time. Relax and savor a regional meal at one of the local restaurants. Board another ferry to the colorful Varenna. Stroll through the cobblestone corridors of this picturesque village and feel the charm of its tranquil streets. Finally, board your bus back to Milan where you can sit back and take advantage of the onboard Wi-Fi to share your photos of the day’s unforgettable memories.

Lake Como: Classic Speedboat Private Tour

6. Lake Como: Classic Speedboat Private Tour

Explore Lake Como on board your private Cadenazzi wooden speed-boat. Meet your friendly captain and enjoy an amazing trip to the most fascinating part of the lake. See famous Villa Balbianello, where James Bond movies and Star Wars were featured. You will pass by Comacina Island and if you want you will enjoy a nice swim among its clean and pure waters. Proceed to Bellagio, one of the most iconic places in Italy. Stop for a swim, and relax with your friends and family. Go to Tremezzo, where your captain will show you the famous Villa Carlotta, which attracts thousands of travelers every week.

Como: Pasta- and Tiramisu-Making Class With Tasting & Wine

7. Como: Pasta- and Tiramisu-Making Class With Tasting & Wine

You can't visit Italy without trying at least one pasta dish... So, we'll teach you two! Learn how to roll 'sfoglia' (fresh pasta) by hand and how to prepare 2 simple different kinds of pasta (filled pasta + fresh pasta) from scratch with your Cesarina. As the icing on the cake you will learn to prepare also the iconic Tiramisu. Share your passion for the Italian cuisine as you make new friends in this hands-on cooking class. It's a great way to truly experience Italian culture. • Learn to roll 'sfoglia' (fresh pasta) by hand • Learn to make 2 iconic pasta types • Learn to make the iconic tiramisu • Small-group cooking class with a maximum of 12 people. Share your passion for the Italian cuisine with other lovely guests • Enjoy an Italian Aperitivo to warm-up

Lake Como: Winery Tour with Wine Tasting

8. Lake Como: Winery Tour with Wine Tasting

Discover how a fine wine is born, see where it ages on a visit winery in Domaso on Lake Como. First, explore the wine cellar and the tasting room, which are located in a splendid villa. Then visit the vineyards overlooking Lake Como and enjoy a spectacular view from the tasting terrace. Meet the winemakers and hear about the history of the family, as well as the stages of wine production. Finally, enjoy a tasting of fine wines paired with local food delicacies while sitting on the beautiful terrace. You'll enjoy a white wine paired with cheese, pears, and wild apple jam; a red with extra virgin olive oil; and another red wine paired with seasoned cheese and salami.

Lake Como: Food Walking Tour

9. Lake Como: Food Walking Tour

Meet your friendly guide in Piazza Duomo and then set out on a food-lovers walking tour through the charming streets of Como. The tour takes you to a number of historic eateries, modern cafes, and trendy restaurants where you can sample the true gastronomic wonders of this city. During the tour, get a sense of authentic life in Como while mingling with the locals and listening to stories about the city’s history and culinary culture. Start the day off right with a traditional lunch in a historical wine shop. Settle in for a chop-board of high-quality cured meats and a lovely glass of local wine.  Head then for some gourmet pizza, because you can't miss this pillar of Italian street food while in Como. In a delicious, historical bakery, snack on a slice of pizza like the locals do — while walking.  Continue the walking tour with a stop for a polenta dish, the queen of the table in the Como area as well as in the whole Alpine region. Polenta here is produced by mixing corn and buckwheat flour, and is served with braised meat or cheese and melted butter. In Valtellina dialect "sciat" means toad, but this delicacy is actually a delicious and crunchy pancakes with a cheesy center. Sample a sciat and then the delicious Nuvola cake, translating literally to "cloud." While the shape resembles that of a large plumcake, the texture is something halfway between panettone and pandoro, but much softer — precisely like a cloud — and it is filled with apricot jam. Alternatively, you can enjoy a delicious ice cream while walking along the romantic lakeside promenade. Conclude the tour with a coffee, because any respectable Italian lunch can only end with a tasty espresso.

Lake Como and Lugano Day Trip from Milan

10. Lake Como and Lugano Day Trip from Milan

Uncover the beauty of the lakeside cities of Como and Lugano which are nestled in verdant mountain landscapes on this day trip from Milan. Ride comfortably in a spacious coach and have some free time to explore each city.  Depart Milan aboard coach and and take in views of the mountains on the way to Como. Visit the historic center on a guided walking tour and enjoy some free time to explore and shop in the local boutiques.  Cruise across the lake's crystal-clear waters on an hour-long sightseeing cruise. Admire the lakeside villas and the majestic mountain scenery before boarding the bus and crossing the Swiss border. Arrive in Lugano and take a guided walking tour to the most elegant and popular spots in the city's the pedestrianized center. Stroll down the sophisticated shopping street of Nassa, which was formerly where the women of the city weaved nets for fishermen. Visit the shoreside Casinò Lugano and take in alpine views of soaring mountain peaks, green meadows, and glistening blue water. Return to Milan at th end of your excursion. 

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