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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Our Valtellina Day Trip was the highlight of our trip to Northern Italy. Our guide, Luca, offered us a well thought out itinerary and wonderful hospitality. Before we departed, he sent us train tickets and very good instructions for meeting him in Varenna. He picked my niece and I up at the train station and we were in excellent hands. We had a nice look around Varenna and enjoyed beautiful views of Lake Como. We then headed into the Valtellina valley. It was a sunny, warm day with fresh snowcap on the Alps. Luca arranged a lovely lunch for us at an agri-tourism spot in the valley. I was very happy that he had ordered local specialties for us that turned out to be some of the best food we had on the trip. We then ventured further into the valley visiting a wonderful Italian food shop, touring some of the vineyards in the region, and then visiting a winery and tasting some Valtellina wines.
If you are looking for a day out of the city or a day away from throngs of tourists, this is ideal. You will see some natural beauty, eat and drink well, and you will be in good hands and very good company with Luca.
I absolutely cannot recommend this tour enough. It is a must do if you are in the area. Luca is very professional, thorough, kind, knowledgable, and overall a great ambassador for his home-town. Unfortunately I have to limit this review to 300 characters. So, in short: book this tour!
- Jordan and Jenna
This tour was the highlight of our trip to Milan. Luca was the best and most knowledgeable tour guide. We enjoyed every aspect of the tour and the amount of attention he to every detail. It is the hidden gem
of the Milan tours offered by Viator.
Reba and Herb
I would recommend this tour to everyone! Especially with Luca, he is an incredible guide and knows everything about Valtellina area. We started the tour in the morning from Milan train station, and Luca picked us in Varenna station. The food in agroturismo was the best!! Tks Luca for everything !
What can I say about this tour! The Valtellina region of Italy is gorgeous and this tour with Luca was the best! We took the early train in the morning- Luca was flexible with times and gave us a couple of options on when to leave Milan. He then picked us up from the train station- we ended up missing the one for Varena but he was a short phone call away and picked us up at the next stationwhich luckily was close. He then drove us up the mountains so we could get breathtaking views of Lake Como. He also took us around Varena- a perfect little town- and then on to our lunch plans. Luca is so accommodating when it comes to stopping for photos and will always pull over when you are trying to snap just the right image. He also ALWAYS offers to take photos of you- which was a bonus since we didn't have very many together from our trip. Lunch was fantastic and we got a tour of the cheese making process at the farm. Luca then drove us around and we were able to see the Valtellina vineyards. They are incredible- the terracing is fantastic. I would have loved to see them when there were grapes on the vine. We went to the Nera winery and did a tour of the facility with Francesco-the manager. Luca and Francesco were very knowledgeable and we learned a lot about the wine making process. We then were able to taste the wine. The manger even set me up with a distributor in America since we wanted to purchase bottles. Luca drove us all over and was so accommodating he told us that he would take us to do anything that he could make happen and I believe that he would. He was willing to drive us to the Swiss border since we wanted to add a country to our trip but we chose not to make that addition since it was a bit out of the way. Luca has lived in the area for his whole life and is very knowledgeable about everything Valtellina. I cannot recommend him enough, everyone should take this tour.
Very pleasant experience. Lake Como views are awesome, the wine tasting in vineyards was fine and the journey was a good escape from our Milan business trip.
Our guide, Luca, was extremely kind and adjusted to our preferences and schedule during the tour. He had an outstanding knowledge about the region.
From the beginning our experience with Luca an incredible guide led to a magnificent day! We got the early morning train from Milan to Varenna. For those hesitant to meet the guide outside of Milan, this was an easy trip to make. Luca was there to greet us as we stepped off of the train. We worried that since it was sort of rainy that our day might not be as expected but the clouds and fog only added to the magnificent scenery and the sun did come out later on. We traveled on back roads through beautiful towns and villages and Luca went out of his way to stop everywhere we wanted for photo ops!
We went to a delightful family run restaurant, La Pendruscia, an Eco farm in the foothils of the Italian Alps. Be prepared there were more courses than we could count! Don't fill up on bread!
We then headed to the NERA vineyards terraced in the side of the mountains where we stopped and tasted just ready for harvesting nebbiola grapes as we approached NERA where we did a wine tasting with a lovely lady who gave us a tour as well. After that it was time to head back to Varenna where Luca gave us a short walking tour through the town which is right on Lake Como, where we could see the beautiful lights of Bellagio and the villages across the lake.. It was a perfect end to a beautiful day. Oh yes! and we stopped for gelato of course!
We had a fantastic time on this tour. The scenery, lunch, wine tasting, etc. everything was awesome. We can't say enough good things about our guide, Luca. He was amazing.
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