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Villa del Balbianello Tours

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Villa del Balbianello
Villa del Balbianello is one of a number of elegant historic villas that sit directly on the water’s edge at Lake Como. On the tip of a small promontory on the lake’s western shore, Balbianello is particularly lovely, with luxurious interiors, scenic loggia, beautiful gardens, and romantic lake views.

The Basics
The villa was built in 1787 on the site of a Franciscan monastery, but by the early 20th century the buildings and grounds had fallen into a state of neglect. American businessman Butler Ames bought and refurbished the villa in 1919, creating the elaborate terraced gardens that you can see today. In 1974 Italian explorer Count Guido Monzino purchased the villa and decorated it with collections of Chinese and African art, French furniture, and other artifacts from his expeditions before leaving the estate to the FAI (Italy’s National Trust) upon his death in 1988.

By far the best way to appreciate the estate is by taking a guided tour that offers insights into the history of the villa and explores both the impressive interiors and the extensive gardens. Consider opting for a private tour that combines Villa del Balbianello with visits to Villa Melzi and Villa Carlotta, also on the shores of Lake Como.  

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Villa del Balbianello and its beautiful grounds are especially interesting for avid gardeners and photographers.
  • If you are joining a tour of Lake Como’s villas, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.
  • Parts of the villa and gardens are accessible to wheelchair users, but many tours include access on foot and by taxi boat, which may not be suitable for those with limited mobility or a wheelchair.
 
How to Get There
The most scenic way to approach Villa del Balbianello is on foot from Lenno, a 25-minute walk with excellent views of the lake as well as over the towns of Tremezzo and Lenno. You can also take a small-group boat tour or water taxi from Lenno, Varenna, Sala Comacina, Ossuccio, or one of the other towns along the lake shore.

When to Get There
Villa del Balbianello is open on Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday. Spring and fall are the best seasons to visit, as the gardens are verdant and can be enjoyed without the summer crowds.

Villa del Balbianello and Hollywood
This dramatic villa has been used as a location for a number of movies, including Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and the James Bond film Casino Royale.
Address: Via Comoedia 5, Tremezzina, Como, Italy 22016, Italy
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Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour

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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$311.55
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US$311.55
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Como Lake Highlights - Villa Balbianello & Bellagio private full-day tour

Como Lake Highlights - Villa Balbianello & Bellagio private full-day tour

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Lake Como is home to dazzling villas and postcard-perfect villages, but getting around on your own can be confusing. With this private tour, save hours by navigating between highlights with a guide. Reach Villa Balbianello via speedboat for a guided tour of the lavish villa and gardens. Stop for a tasting at the most historic olive oil producer on the lake before a stroll through Bellagio and scenic ferry ride back to Como.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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US$232.29
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The best of Como lake: Como city walking tour and Villa Balbianello

The best of Como lake: Como city walking tour and Villa Balbianello

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This full-day tour will start at 10:30 a.m. in Como city. We will show you the most important attractions of Como like the Cathedral, the San Fedele Church, the Roman city walls and towers and will bring you in the particular atmosphere of the charming Como lake town. After a short lunch break we will take a speed boat to Lenno (about 40 minutes), where the villa Balbianello is located. After the visit to the villa Balbianello and its garden, where the famous scenes from Star Wars and James Bond Casino Royal were filmed, we will visit the San Stefano Church with the 11th century's crypt. We will return with the normal boat (this trip takes 1,5h), to have a possibility to show you the most beautiful villas on the lake during the trip. We will finish our tour in the Como city at 18 p.m. Group type: private tour
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  • 9 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$196.55
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Boat tour - Villa del Balbianello

Boat tour - Villa del Balbianello

Villa del Balbianello is a historic villa on Lake Como, loved by locals and by visitors from all over the world, reachable only by lake, we offer you the opportunity of a pleasant two hour and half boat tour with visit of the gardens of the Villa. Guided visit available for interior Villa + Botanical Gardens with extra-charge.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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US$439.85
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Sailing Experience on Lake Como with Private Skipper

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$571.79
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US$571.79
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Treasures of Villa Balbianello: Private Boat Tour

Treasures of Villa Balbianello: Private Boat Tour

Savor the history and architecture of Lake Como’s most famous villa on this in-depth private tour. Skip the hassle of ferry timetables with arrival by private water taxi and tour the villa and its gardens with a guide to learn about their aristocratic origins. Stroll through the estate to take in the views over the lake from the panoramic terraces and lakeside promenade before the scenic sail back across the lake.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$403.19
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US$403.19
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Lake Como Private Boat Tour

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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$536.05
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US$536.05
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LAKE COMO Hiking Experience, from Villa Carlotta to Villa Balbianello

LAKE COMO Hiking Experience, from Villa Carlotta to Villa Balbianello

Unique experience guided by a TRUE LOCAL GUIDE,( NADIA, Nature Hiking Guide licensed AIGAE, the Official Italian Association for Nature Hiking Guides) Visit of Villa Carlotta and Villa Balbianello, two of the most beautiful and famous villas on Lake Como. Walk along the "Greenway of the Lake", an ancient path that connected the lakeside from Como to Colico. Visit of the rural villages, tasting of local specialties in a typical Restaurant overlooking the Lake.
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  • 1 day 6 hours
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US$79.42
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Best of Lake Como: guided visit to Villa Carlotta + 1 h private watertaxi cruise

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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$152.73
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US$152.73
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Cadenazzi Wooden Speedboat Private tour on Como Lake

Cadenazzi Wooden Speedboat Private tour on Como Lake

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Lake Como is known for its spectacular beauty, and this tour is a shortcut to experiencing its best bits in a day. Enjoy the luxury of having a private speedboat ride with just your party and the crew. Pass by top sights such as Tremezzo, Bellagio, and Villa Balbianello—"James Bond" and "Star Wars" movie locations. Along the way, the captain points out important landmarks, so you don’t miss any highlights.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$475.30
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US$475.30
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Movie sets on Lake Como

Movie sets on Lake Como

Lake Como is known throughout the world for wonderful views, grand private and public villas and lush gardens. In recent years the Lario has experienced an increase in interest as a location for film sets for important national and international advertising campaigns and films. Even the Lumière brothers filmed one of their first films) a natural film set. Among the most famous little ones, the "Shadow of Suspicion" with Antonio Banderas, "The defense of Luzhin" taken from the novel by Nabokov, "Ocean's Twelve ”,“ The Garden of Pleasure ”, silent film by Alfred Hitchcock,“ A Month at the Lake ”with Uma Thurman and Alessandro Gassman,“ Casino Royale ”and the second episode of the new Star Wars trilogy. This tour focuses on some lake views that became particularly famous following their appearance on the big screen. Villa Carlotta and Villa del Balbianello will be the absolute protagonists.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$603.26
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Pearls of Lake Como - Venetian Style Water Limo Tour

Pearls of Lake Como - Venetian Style Water Limo Tour

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Lake Como is one of the spectacular lakes in northern Italy, and with this boat tour you can take in its scenic highlights from the water in just hours. Avoid the hassle of the public ferry and instead set sail on board an open-top speedboat to cruise through the placid waters. Take in the dazzling Villa Carlotta and Villa del Balbianello, as well as the postcard-perfect villages of Bellagio and Varenna.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$309.72
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007 - Lake Como Exclusive Villas Experience (Private Riva Tour)

007 - Lake Como Exclusive Villas Experience (Private Riva Tour)

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Sail on board of an authentic Riva Aquarama speed boat Enjoy a bottle of Prosecco whilst kissed by the sun reflecting on the glittering lake Discover Lake Como most famous villas, home of celebrities and Holywood movies locations
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  • 4 hours
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US$1,588.91
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Best of Lake Como: Tour + exclusive venetian-style boat cruise (small group only)

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$237.05
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A private evening cruise on lake Como

A private evening cruise on lake Como

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The beauties of Lake Como are of a large variety: tall mountains, charming villages, ancient churches and gorgeous villas. All of these are especially visible by the lake, being carefully hidden from the streets above. This unique tour will allow you to spot all these wonders, comfortably sitting on an exclusive and elegant Venetian boat leaving from Como, Cernobbio or Blevio. Your eyes will be blessed by the romantic light of sunset and your soul will be soothed by a glass wine, served onboard as an unforgettable aperitif.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$374.18
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Boat Tour - Historic Villas

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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$360.43
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Boat tour: wonderful Lake Como

Boat tour: wonderful Lake Como

Navigation in the direction of Menaggio descend towards Tremezzo along the marvelous villas: Laglio with the villa of George Clooney, Villa D'Este, Villa Erba, Villa Olmo up to Como (with an hour stop for the visit of the city). On the way back you will go along to the other side of the lake where you will cross the characteristic villages of Blevio, Torno, Faggeto Lario, and the famous Orrido di Nesso.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$660.74
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Lake Como: Venetian-style Boat Cruise to Villas (small groups only)

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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$189.40
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Lake Como and its villas tour

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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$626.17
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Best of Lake Como - Full day boat tour from Como

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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  • 8 hours
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US$378.45
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Traditional Classic Boat Tour

Traditional Classic Boat Tour

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My name’s Roberto and I will be guiding You to experience Lake Como touching the best spots in the central area of the lake, starting from a private mooring located in Argegno, strategically placed in the middle of the best itineraries. Argegno is a well served village with plenty of parking spots, especially in the morning hours.We will meet in front of the main cathedral of Argegno, visually very easy to find, the boat dock it’s just next to it. The boat takes the origins from a traditional fishing boat, which was born from Positano in the Sorrento Peninsula.The maximum capacity to fully enjoy the boat is 5 people plus myself, the bench at the stern is covered by comfortable cushions to fully enjoy the experience with total visibility of the shores with its villages, and if you like, the freedom to lie down and enjoy the sun over the very large bow area. Soft drinks and a bottle of Prosecco Valdobbiadene with snacks are offered. Checkout my Istagram for more info : lakecomobyboat
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$297.81
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US$297.81
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Full Day Lake Como

Full Day Lake Como

Discovering one of the most beautiful lakes in the world: between breathtaking views, art and fun. ENRICO LIMOUSINE SERVICE would be happy to plan your journey, with professionalism and dedication. Thanks to highly qualified staff, we are able to guarantee quality services for wonderful Tours around Italy. Luxury Cars • Day And Multiday Tours • Cars or van 7/8 pax • English speaking drivers • Free WIFI onboard • Airport transfers
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$679.00
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US$679.00
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Walking tour: Tremezzo, Isola Comacina , Villa Balbianello

Walking tour: Tremezzo, Isola Comacina , Villa Balbianello

At 9:30 starts our walking tour from Tremezzo, typical village looking the central part of the lake, in front of Bellagio and Varenna. We walk from Tremezzo to Ossuccio through an ancient connection road, the "Greenway of the lake" discovering gentle paths, hidden corners of local history and enchanting lake views. We reach Ossuccio and from there the Comacina island by public boat. Comacina island is the only one island of Lake Como, one of the most interesting archeological sites in northern Italy for the early Middle Ages. The area, called Zoca de l'Oli for its mild climate, is covered by mediterranean vegetation and olive trees for the production of local oil. From Comacina Island return trip by public boat to Ossuccio, from Ossuccio by walk to Villa Balbianello, in Lenno. Villa Balbianello is located on a wooded promontory on Como lake. This elegant, romantic 18th century mansion and its magnificent garden have hosted writers and travelers, including Guido Monzino, the last owner.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$92.92
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