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Experience the fantastic flavors and scenery of northern Italy’s Valtellina region with this private day trip from Milan. Ride the train north to the Italian Alps, where you’ll meet your guide on the shores of beautiful Lake Como for a walking tour of Varenna, a charming fishing village. After a multicourse lunch at a typical restaurant, travel in a private vehicle to a winery to taste excellent local wines with cheese pairings. Extend the trip with an optional overnight stay, spa visit and tour of the renowned resort town Bormio.

Highlights

  • Private, full-day trip from Milan to the alpine Valtellina region
  • Enjoy a scenic train ride north to the shores of beautiful Lake Como
  • Take a guided walking tour the lakeside village Varenna
  • Enjoy an authentic Italian lunch at a local restaurant
  • Learn about traditional winemaking techniques with a vineyard tour
  • Taste Valtellina wines paired with salami and cheeses
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver

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What You Can Expect

Customer Reviews

Scott J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Luca, our tour guide, met us at the train station and told us about our agenda for the day over a cup of coffee. Then we drove to Lake Como and walked through the town and along the Lovers Walk. We drove through Valtellina and enjoyed a fantastic lunch and a tour through a cute winery, including a tasting. Beautiful scenery and a great guide. Highly recommend this tour!

Steven M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We had a fantastic day seeing the sights of Lake Como and Valtellina with Luca. We took the convenient train from Milan to Varenna one hour before doing a bit o sightseeing around Varenna and the lake.

We had an enjoyable tour of the cheese factory and the farm before enjoying some of the produexe as part of a wonderful feast in La Fiorida

Our day was rounded off with a tour of a local family owned wine cellar, and we got to sample some of those wines in the cosy front of house area.

Luca was an excellent guide with very impressive knowledge of the local area and generally, and his friendliness and good sense of humour kept the car journey entertaining also!

We would Highly recommend this tour to anyone staying in Milan or the region, a great way to see Lake Como!

Jessie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide, Luca, was very friendly, humorous and helpful. It was a pity that it was rainy and foggy that day, hence we could not really see the scenary of Lake Como. But despite the weather, we enjoyed our day tour with Luca tremendously. Varenna is a very beautiful village. Lunch was fantastic too!

Christina M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

My mother, grandmother, and I had an amazing time in Lake Como with Luca. We had a relaxing but full day with another couple from the United States, who we also got along with extremely well. Luca was very intent in making the day as best as it could be for us. The weather was also amazing, which added an extra layer to the trip. There was nothing about the day that I would want to change. It was a perfect day and a perfect example of Italian life in Lake Como and Valtellina. Everything was planned well and we did not have to worry about any details of the trip, Luca had everything covered! Thank you Luca!

Dan J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was a last-minute booking for us as our other tour was cancelled. Luca was very quick to respond and make all the arrangements for us, including the train ticket to meet him. Although it was a little rainy the day of our tour, Luca did a great job and was very knowledgeable of all the area attractions. Not to mention, he took us behind the scenes to some of the places, such as the winery, which was very cool. If you want to get away from all the big groups and have a more intimate tour of Italy, this is definitely the one to do.

Ann G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Probably the best purchased tour in the whole trip. Luca Martinelli was able to take care of every detail for two whole days. He has become friends on Facebook with us. We loved getting to know him. He knew almost everything we asked questions about. The only shortcoming I told his was that he needed a four-door car!! The climb out of the back seat did become easier, but another door would have been more convenient! Beautiful country! Great food and wine. Lovely stay at a gorgeous hotel in Valtellina Wine Country. Awesome experience! Don't miss this one!!

steven w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour! Luca is a very friendly and knowlegeable host. It seems very important to him that you have a great time. We saw much great scenery and great views, had an amazing lunch, tasted great wines and perfect views of lake como. He plans so many unique and special stops that the trip is ideal.

Janice S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Do yourself a favor and leave the hustle and bustle of Milan for a day in the beautiful countryside with Luca! He lives in Valtellina, so he knows the area well. The private tour is worth the money because you get to ride around on your own schedule in a private, air conditioned car, versus riding with a bunch of other people in a motorcoach on a tight schedule. With Luca's tour there is no rush and you are able to take in the sights on your own time.

He started the tour with a walk up to a ruined castle high above Varenna, where you have a million dollar view of Lake Como. Truly stunning! Many photo opportunities. He then gave us time to wander around the charming little village of Varenna, which has a lovely boardwalk along the lake. The church in the square is exceptionally beautiful.

From there, we drove up into the Valtellina wine country in the beautiful Italian Alps. The mountains are breathtaking and the valleys sparkled in the sun. Our lunch was at an agritourismo where Luca selected for us some delicious local pasta specialties. Seeing the farm animals was an added surprise that added to the beauty of the tour.

Touring the very old wine cellars in small villages was a particular highlight, where we had the opportunity to meet and talk with the local shop owners. The wine at the tasting was delicious! We bought some to take home with us.

I highly recommend this tour. Taking in the beauty of Lake Como and the Valtellina wine region will make your trip more special.

Sam S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We highly recommend this tour. It was one of our favorite days in Italy. Luca, our guide, made it seem as if we were touring with an old friend. He is from the Valterina Valley and was clearly proud of its beauty and artisans. We started the day with a tour of the charming town of Varenna on Lake Como and a tour of the castle overlooking the town that provided exceptional views. We lunched at a local restaurant where the cheese and butter are made on the premises. The food was fantastic and the restaurant was filled with locals - always a good sign. We then had a beautiful drive through the Valterina Valleya dn ended up wine tasting at a beautiful vineyard. The wines were great and they provided a very nice appetizer buffet. Luca took good care of us. He arranged train tickets to and from Milan and made sure we knew where we were going. This is an easy day trip from Milan and of course would also be wonderful if you are staying in the Lake Como area. Again - Luca is the best!

Gemma C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Absolutely fantastic tour. My mum and I fancied a trip to the hills and after navigating a very easy train journey from Milan we met Luca, who took us on a wonderful trip of the Valtellina valley.We saw Lake Como in all its glory; went to beautiful villages; enjoyed cheese and wine tasting! Amazing!

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