5 days Lake Como tour, departure from Varenna
This tour, beyond allowing us to enjoy an amazing trip to Valtellina to discover its DOC wines and typical products, takes us to discover the charm of Lecco, famous for being the city where Alessandro Manzoni lived when he was young. It was in his house, the eighteenth-century villa Caleotto (now Manzonian Museum), that Alessandro Manzoni found the inspiration for the plot of its novel The Betrothed. Then, we'll move to Bellagio, one of the most beautiful tourist location, Cadenabbia with its unique Villa Carlotta, and finally Como, with its fascinating urban design, ancient palaces, lively squares, picturesque alleys and a stunning lakeside where enjoying calm walkings, but also many monuments to visit and unmissable touristic sights.
Arrival in Varenna and free time in the afternoon. Accommodation in the hotel and overnight.
Breakfast in the hotel and meeting with the guide, who will accompany us during the whole day.
At 9 am departure by buy for Lecco.
Once arrived, time available to visit Lecco. Lecco is famous for being the city where Alessandro Manzoni lived when he was young. It was in his house, the eighteenth-century villa Caleotto (now Manzonian Museum), that Alessandro Manzoni found the inspiration for the plot of its novel The Betrothed. Lake and mountains make Lecco really fascinating, here it is possible to breath the taste of modern and bygone time. The Manzonian epoch is mostly revived in Pescarenico, a district meticulously described by the writer.
At 11 am, at the end of the visit, our itinerary takes us to Bellagio. Bellagio is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful tourist destinations, not only of Lake Como, but of the whole world. Ever since the 16th century, its beauty has been appreciated from both Italian and foreign visitors. Lake Como's landscape makes Bellagio really charming; here it is possible to enjoy many different views of the lake. Of course, also its villas, trees and flowers, its picturesque stairways and the different evocative paths make Bellagio unique. Time available to enjoy a tour of the city and have lunch.
After lunch, at 2 pm, meeting and departure by boat for Cadenabbia, a district of Griante.
Time available to visit the impressive Villa Carlotta and its park. This park is really charming, not only thanks to its panoramic location, but also for the different styles harmoniously mixed, the great quantity of essences, the evocative landscape. All this makes Villa Carlotta an unmissable destination for those who are discovering Lake Como and its surroundings.
The wide Italian style garden with tall geometric-shaped hedges dates back to the VII century. It is full of parapets, balustrades, statues and water fountains. On the other hand, the English garden, full of exceptionally selected trees and breathtaking sceneries, belongs to the Romantic period. Finally, the garden architecture offered by the large rhododendrons is typical of the XIX century.
At the end of the visit, the tour continues to Menaggio. It is a little village characterized by a central square studded by coffees and shops and defined by an amazing lakeside, which provides a unique landscape. Free time to relax, stroll and enjoy the views.
At 4 pm departure for Varenna, we'll move along the scenic route overlooking the lake.
Arrival in Varenna at 6 pm. Free time to have dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Sondrio by bus at 8 am, arrival around 9.30 am.
Meeting with the guide at the Coffee of Sondrio railway station and departure for "Valtellina wine trail tour", a trip starting from Sondrio and arriving to Trevisto. It allows us to discover wine cellars and Valtellina typical products.
On route we'll take a break and enjoy a 1-hour visit of Castel Grumello, a castle built in the XIII century located in the municipality of Montagna in Valtellina.
Castel Grumello is an amazing example of twin castle, composed by two separate buildings, one military and one for residential use, surrounded by walls. The military unit is located to the East and boasted a defensive and sighting function, as proved by the imposing square-plant tower and the foundations of a second tower.
At the end of the visit, around 11 am, we'll continue to Chiuro to enjoy a 1.30 hour tour together with an enologist. We'll visit a well-noted wine cellar and taste DOC wines served with local cold cuts and cheeses, it is also possible to buy fine and selected Valtellina wines.
Then, the itinerary takes us to Tresivio, where we'll enjoy a typical lunch in a high-quality restaurant. It is possible to savor the traditional Pizzoccheri della Valtellina as well as the delicious bresaola, an unique local product.
At the end of the lunch, around 3.30 pm, meeting and departure for Varenna, arrival around 5 pm.
Free time to dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel. Time available in the morning for shopping and visiting the viallge.
Free time to enjoy lunch in Varenna.
At 2 pm meeting with the guide and departure for Como. Arrival around 3 pm.
Once arrived in Como, tour around the city. This stunning city, lapped by Lake Como, boasts a captivating urban design, ancient palaces, lively squares, calm lakeside where to go strolling, but also many monuments to visit and unmissable tourist sights.
Beyond the Cathedral and the Alessandro Volta's Temple, worthwhile to be visit is Villa Olmo. It is one of the most beautiful neoclassic Italian villas. Its name comes from a big tree, the elm (Olmo). According to the legend, Pliny the Younger, one of the most well-known personalities of the city, planted an elm there.
At the end of the visit, around 5 pm, departure for Varenna. Arrival around 6 pm.
Free time to enjoy dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel and departure from Varenna for the next destination!