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Villa Melzi Gardens (Giardini di Villa Melzi) Tours

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Villa Melzi Gardens (Giardini di Villa Melzi)
The stately Villa Melzi d’Eril sits at the edge of Lake Como in the picturesque town of Bellagio, while the peaceful Villa Melzi Gardens (Giardini di Villa Melzi) stretch out around it, hugging the lake. Both the villa and gardens were built in the early 19th century as the summer home for an Italian duke. The gardens were designed in the English style with statues, and the grounds include a traditional orangery (which today houses a museum) and a small chapel. Inside the museum, you'll find a bust of Napoleon and a set of ceremonial keys to the city of Milan. The small chapel is where the Melzi family is entombed.

While the villa itself is not open to the public, there are lots of walking paths through the gardens, ideal for getting away from the crowds in Bellagio. Some of the paths run right along the lake, with blooming plants on the opposite side and benches placed along the path so you can stop and enjoy the view for awhile. Visit the gardens on a full-day walking and boating tour of Lake Como to explore the nearby city of Varenna, taste local olive oil, and enjoy a boat ride across the lake.

Insider's Tip: Look out for the historic Venetian gondola on display in the gardens, which was brought to the property at the request of Napoleon.

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The gardens are located in Bellagio, in the mid-lake region of Lake Como, just 45 miles (72 km) north of Milan. The gardens are open every day during the months of March through October, from 9:30am to 6:30pm. It closes the rest of the year, and the opening date in March varies. Adult admission is €6.50, while children younger than the age of 12 enter for free.
Address: Via Lungalario Manzoni, Bellagio, Lombardy 22021, Italy
Hours: Mar–Oct: 9:30am–6:30pm daily
Admission: Adult: €6.50
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Bellagio Walking Tour, Villa Melzi & Lunch Private and Luxury

Bellagio Walking Tour, Villa Melzi & Lunch

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Known as a picturesque lakeside town, Bellagio’s beauty is no secret. But explore it with a guide, and you’ll discover the little-known vantage points and sights that many visitors miss. On this tour, you’ll visit a sleepy fishing harbor where rare Larian gondola boats bob on the water, a park, and a botanical garden. Then, finish up with a gourmet lunch at a Michelin-listed local restaurant.
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Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day TourFull-day Tours

Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour

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Capture the spirit of Lake Como on a walking tour of Bellagio and Varenna, two of the mid-lake region's most enchanting towns. Stop at a historic olive oil mill to taste one of the region's local specialties, accompanied by cured meats and wine. A Lake Como boat cruise takes you to visit Villa Melzi's lush gardens and the opulent Villa del Balbianello, including a traditional lunch at a lakefront restaurant.
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  • 7 hours
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Bellagio & Varenna, Lake Como, private guided tourHalf-day Tours

Bellagio & Varenna, Lake Como, private guided tour

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Bellagio is a little village on Lake Como: Bellagio is famous allover the world, a picturesque town that is visited every year by a multitude of tourists coming from everywhere. In Bellagio you can admire the fantastic panorama of Lake Como and also walk through the splendid gardens of Villa Melzi. The guided tour will be walking across the town center and then we will see the gardens of villa Melzi, later by a ten minutes trip to cross the Lake by public ferry boat we will go to the town of Varenna visiting first the splendid Villa Monastero and later the medieval church of St. George and the town center of Varenna. This is a private guided tour for your group only or only for you if you are a single tourist. Please take note that the entrance tickets to all villas and all ferry boat transfers are not included in the price of the guided tour and must be paid at local cash desks.
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Bellagio, the pearl of lake Como. The village and the surrounding areaHalf-day Tours

Bellagio, the pearl of lake Como. The village and the surrounding area

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Make the most of your time in Bellagio with this tour that takes you through the highlights and hidden gems without the hassle of a map or guidebook. Explore on foot with your guide, beginning at the Villa Melzi gardens and then continuing to the Borgo di Pescallo. Learn about Bellagio’s history and architecture over lunch (not included), and then dive into the heart of the old town in the afternoon.
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Bellagio , Pearl Of The Lake: Private Boat TourNature and Wildlife

Bellagio , Pearl Of The Lake: Private Boat Tour

Explore Lake Como’s most picturesque town with a guide to discover its historic charm and traditional artisan workshops. Avoid the hassle of public transportation by arriving via private water taxi for a guided walking tour of the town center and the villa and gardens on the nearby Villa Melzi estate. Enjoy insights into the history of the village and villa during your stroll, as well as insider tips on where to dine and shop.
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Best of Lake Como: guided visit to Villa Carlotta + 1 h private watertaxi cruiseHalf-day Tours

Best of Lake Como: guided visit to Villa Carlotta + 1 h private watertaxi cruise

During this half day small group tour, you will take a guided tour to Villa Carlotta and its amazing art collection including beautiful sculptures by Canova, followed by a walk in the colorful and astounding botanical gardens of the villa. You will then take a 1 hour cruise on a private open-top Venetian watertaxi, which will give you the chance to relax admiring the spectacular mountains and the stunning villas. Accompanied by an English speaking guide, we will tour the coast from Tremezzo down to Lenno, admire Villa del Balbianello from the water and circumnavigate Island Comacina. Then we will slowly cruise along the opposite coast to reach the botanical gardens of Villa Melzi and finally Bellagio. Those who wish to, will get off at this renowed village to spend the afternoon, while the rest of the group will be lead back to Tremezzo.
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Sailing Experience on Lake Como with Private SkipperDay Cruises

Sailing Experience on Lake Como with Private Skipper

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The lake center of Lake Como is unique for its natural beauty and for the sumptuous ancient villas that overlook it, observing all this from the water offers the best point of view. My 38 foot boat will allow you to do it in comfort and total safety. Furthermore I will serve you a good Italian aperitif with a small tasting of Italian foods, if you want we can stop for a relaxing swim in the most exclusive places and also you will experience the thrill of sailing and relaxing in silence or listening to the music that you pleases
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  • 3 hours
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Art Experience in Villa Melzi & lunch in BellagioPainting Classes

Art Experience in Villa Melzi & lunch in Bellagio

Explore Lake Como - one of Italy’s most beautiful locations - on a day filled with art, inspiration, and good food. First visit Villa Melzi in Bellagio where you set up your easel among the rhododendrons, azalea, Japanese Maples, and sculptures. Learn from a master artist and let the creativity flow. Then sit down for an elegant lunch overlooking Lake Como at a Michelin listed restaurant in the fishing port of Loppia. Get personalized attention in a small-group setting (max 6).
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Bellagio lake Como & Villa Carlotta, private guided tourPrivate and Luxury

Bellagio lake Como & Villa Carlotta, private guided tour

Bellagio is a little and beautiful town on Lake Como: Bellagio is famous all over the world, a picturesque town that is visited every year by a multitude of tourists coming from everywhere. In the town of Bellagio you can admire the fantastic panorama of Lake Como and also walk through the splendid gardens of Villa Melzi. After the visit to villa Melzi, by a ten minutes ferry boat trip to cross the lake, you will figure out Villa Carlotta where you will also have a guided tour to see the garden and the rooms of the villa with their vintage original furniture. During the tour you will be guided by a professional tour leader speaking your language. This is a private guided tour for your group only or only for you if you are a single tourist. Please take note that the entrance tickets to all villas and the ferry boat transfers are not included in the price of the guided tour and all the tickets must be paid at local cash desks.
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The jewels of lake Como: villas and gardens between Tremezzo and BellagioDay Trips

The jewels of lake Como: villas and gardens between Tremezzo and Bellagio

Como and its lakeside are a long, shining necklace of small pearls: towns, gardens and villas which dot the coastline, in an enchanting balance of shapes and colors. Bellagio, Tremezzo, Lenno are just some of the charming locations where you may stop to enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Como. This private tour, starting from the chief town Como, will lead you to the gorgeous Villa Carlotta, well known for its Neoclassic art collection and its botanical garden. Hence, you will cross the lake to reach its pearl, Bellagio, where a Napoleonic mansion stands with its park. In these surroundings, art meets nature with the same grace of the majestic mountains, harmoniously meeting lake waters.
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  • 8 hours
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Boat Tour - Historic VillasPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Boat Tour - Historic Villas

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Discover the most famous and beautiful Villas of Lake Como. In Varenna you can admire Villa Monastero and Villa Cipressi with their magnificent botanical gardens, during the navigation you can pass from Bellagio where you will find the Gardens of Villa Melzi D'eril. Also you will moving to the renowned Villa del Balbianello and Villa Cassinella concluding with the last but not least, the beloved Villa Carlotta of Tremezzo.
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  • 2 hours
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Lake Como and its villas tourDay Trips

Lake Como and its villas tour

The soothing and elegant atmosphere of Lake Como is inimitable. Since the Roman age, it has been a leisure location for aristocrats and still, due to the quite impervious configuration, it has not been reached by the mass tourism. From the Renaissance to the Napoleonic age, wealthy families, clergymen and politicians have built here their summer residences. This exclusive guided tour will take you along the lakeside, to discover some of these art treasures: Villa del Balbianello, Villa Erba, Villa Carlotta and Villa Melzi d'Eril, also famous for its garden. You will be astonished by their beauty and by the harmony between architecture and landscape. After just one day, a light will be shining forever in your eyes and your soul.
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  • 7 hours
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Best of Lake Como: Tour + exclusive venetian-style boat cruise (small group only)Day Trips

Best of Lake Como: Tour + exclusive venetian-style boat cruise (small group only)

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The "Very Best of Lake Como" in one day! different departures from MILAN - VARENNA - MENAGGIO Small groups for a unique and authentic experience. Different from the other tours because you will be able to see the lake and its splendid villas from a small exclusive boat used only for our group. Most of the proposals on the lake generally offer transits by regulars ferries that do not allow a good view of the beauties around and are also crowded during the high season. If you depart from Milan your guide will travel with you by train. Stop in Varenna for the guided visit of this cute little town. You will then jump on a charming Venetian-style boat for "the perfect boat tour": Villa Carlotta, Villa Balbianello, Villa La Cassinella, Isola Comacina ... And what about a glass of Prosecco on board ?! Weeeeee! 1-hour tour and then you get to Bellagio, "The Pearl of Lake Como". Ready to discover its secrets ?! Free time and guided visit. Return to the starting point by regular ferry.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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The best tour of Bellagio, the pearl of lake ComoWine Tasting

The best tour of Bellagio, the pearl of lake Como

Bellagio is known as the pearl of Lake Como, standing at the very heart of it, where the three branches of the beautiful lake meet one another. Its elegant and discreet atmosphere is a perfect metaphor of the beauties which have made these surroundings a prefect leisure location throughout the centuries. This exclusive tour will allow you to first discover some of the charming coastal villages from a private speedboat at your disposal for a quick cruise; then, landing back in Bellagio, you will enjoy the magnificent garden of Villa Melzi d'Eril and the enchanting alleys of the city centre. At the end, just relax in a cosy winery, for a full tasting accompanied by local delicacies.
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  • 4 hours
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Lake Como: Venetian-style Boat Cruise to Villas (small groups only)Day Cruises

Lake Como: Venetian-style Boat Cruise to Villas (small groups only)

Cruise on Lake Como! prepare yourself to spend a day truly as a VIP! Small groups for a unique and authentic experience. Jump on a beautiful Venetian-style boat used only for our group. Most of the proposals on the lake generally offer transits by regulars crowded ferries that do not allow a good view of the beauties around.This tour lasts about 4 hours: 3 hours total on board + stops in Varenna and Bellagio. No crowd, no stress ... Just you, your driver and your thoughts! 15-minutes coffee break in Varenna before the best part of the cruise: Villa Carlotta, Villa Balbianello, Villa La Cassinella and many other beautiful architectures and stunning landscapes. Don't forget to toast to Life with a glass of Prosecco while you stare at this romantic views! You'll then meet Isola Comacina, a little islands rich in history and nature before arriving in Bellagio, "The Pearl of Lake Como", Here you stop for about 1 hour and you're free to visit around with our map (designed by us!).
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Road Bike tour in Lake Como & BellagioMountain Bike Tours

Road Bike tour in Lake Como & Bellagio

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Get an uninterrupted panorama of stunning Lake Como on this small-group cycling tour. Ride along smooth, rolling roads, without the need to backtrack or cover any steep climbs, stopping to admire the water from multiple angles. Then, hop a boat and cruise across the lake with your bike, continuing your ride on the other side. Guided tours include door-to-door transfers from select hotels and a coffee break in Bellagio.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Best of Lake Como - Full day boat tour from ComoDay Trips

Best of Lake Como - Full day boat tour from Como

A panoramic transfer by minivan to Tremezzo for a guided tour of Villa Carlotta followed by a private water taxi cruise to admire Villa del Balbianello and the Comacina Island. Explore and enjoy Bellagio and then depart for a long cruise back to Como to relax admiring the spectacular mountains and the stunning villas.
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Moon Lake Dinner - Lake Como boat tourDay Trips

Moon Lake Dinner - Lake Como boat tour

The marvelous and romantic views, as the blue and crystal waters meeting the green of the mountains… the breathtaking landscapes of the lake will give you some incredible and unforgettable emotions! Every corner of the lake hides evocative spots which deserved to be discovered: ancient villages full of history, small churches along the scope and, of course, the magnificent villas.. 
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Lake Como Villas - Ferry boat tour Day Trips

Lake Como Villas - Ferry boat tour

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A day of relaxation, art and culture to discover the most beautiful villas of the centre of the lake, on board the means of transport symbol of Lake Como: the ferry boat. Our tour leader will accompany you during your tour.
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  • 9 hours
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Lake Como Private Boat TourNature and Wildlife

Lake Como Private Boat Tour

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A private boat tour on Lake Como is the real amazing way to enjoy the beauty of the lake and be able to see the best scenarios, that you would not be able to see from a ferry or by car.
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PURA VIDA - BELLAGIO: Kayak & Lunch + Villa MelziDining Experiences

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PURA VIDA - BELLAGIO: Kayak & Lunch + Villa Melzi

During this unique experience we will explore Bellagio’s historic center and its surroundings, walking through its picturesque steep stone alleys admiring the elegance of its boutiques and restaurants. We will cross lush gardens and olive groves leaving the hamlet, passing by noble mansions and villas to reach Pescallo where we will start our kayak experience: a real immersion in nature. We will cross the bay and circumnavigate the promontory, paddling along the beautiful coast of Bellagio, the very center and beating heart of Lake Como. We will skirt the high cliffs of the Rockefeller Foundation and continue towards the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni and La Punta which offers a wide panorama of the Northern part of the lake and the Alps. The tour includes a delicious lunch at a charming lake front restaurant and complimentary tickets to Villa Melzi. A great opportunity to mingle with your new travel companions over a glass of red wine.
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  • 3 hours
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LA DOLCE VITA - LAKE COMO: Cruise & Villas + Lunch (Guided Tour)

Experience unique natural beauty, as you cruise down the lake from Como through the very center and beating heart of Lake Como: Bellagio, admiring XIX villas and noble mansion (Villa Oleandra, George Clooney’s Summerhouse, Villa Fontanelle, Historical Versace Family’s house, Villa Le Rose, Villa Pizzo, Villa d’Este, Villa Erba, Villa Balbianello, Villa Carlotta, Villa Melzi). Satisfy your curiosity about the architectural features, culture and history of the hamlet stepping off the boat in Bellagio. Experience the true flavor, the sounds, the smells and the very life of this enchanting village and its surrounding walking through its picturesque steep stone alleys admiring the elegance of its boutiques. Enjoy local dishes at a lakefront restaurant and mingle with locals and your new travel companions over a glass of red wine. Stroll along the magnificent gardens of Villa Melzi to relax and finish creating your unforgettable Italian memory.
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LA DOLCE VITA - LAKE COMO: Cruise & Villas + LunchDining Experiences

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LA DOLCE VITA - LAKE COMO: Cruise & Villas + Lunch

Experience unique natural beauty, as you cruise down the lake from Como through the very center and beating heart of Lake Como: Bellagio, admiring XIX villas and noble mansion (Villa Oleandra, George Clooney’s Summerhouse, Villa Fontanelle, Historical Versace Family’s house, Villa Le Rose, Villa Pizzo, Villa d’Este, Villa Erba, Villa Balbianello, Villa Carlotta, Villa Melzi). Satisfy your curiosity about the architectural features, culture and history of the hamlet stepping off the boat in Bellagio. Experience the true flavor, the sounds, the smells and the very life of this enchanting village and its surrounding walking through its picturesque steep stone alleys admiring the elegance of its boutiques. Enjoy local dishes at a lakefront restaurant and mingle with locals and your new travel companions over a glass of red wine. Stroll along the magnificent gardens of Villa Melzi to relax and finish creating your unforgettable Italian memory.
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LA DOLCE VITA - BELLAGIO: Sailing & Lunch + Villa MelziSailing

LA DOLCE VITA - BELLAGIO: Sailing & Lunch + Villa Melzi

Experience unique natural beauty, as you sail down the lake through the very center and beating heart of Lake Como, admiring its XIX villas and noble mansion onboard our beautiful sail yacht, designed by Philippe Starck, which host up to 11 guests with a very comfortable cockpit and 3 cabins with restroom. Satisfy your curiosity about the architectural features, culture and history of the hamlet stepping off the boat in Bellagio. Experience the true flavor, the sounds, the smells and the very life of this enchanting village and its surrounding walking through its picturesque steep stone alleys admiring the elegance of its boutiques. Enjoy local dishes at a lakefront restaurant and mingle with locals and your new travel companions over a glass of red wine. Stroll along the magnificent gardens of Villa Melzi to relax and finish creating your unforgettable Italian memory.
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What are Villa Melzi Gardens (Giardini di Villa Melzi) hours of operation?
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Villa Melzi Gardens (Giardini di Villa Melzi) hours of operation: Mar–Oct: 9:30am–6:30pm daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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