Private Tour: Lake Como and Valtellina Day Trip from Milan - Reviews

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Michelle W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

We debated on whether to go with a group tour at a lower cost or Luka, but based on the amazing reviews we decided we may only be in Como once so let's do it right with a local and I'm very glad we did! Luka's friendliness and familiarity with the tourism industry by trade made us immediately comfortable and we knew we were in good hands. He planned the full day which included some time in the villages around Como, including a stop at a monastery, a lunch at an authentic and romantic castle, and ended with a winery tour. Even though it was a chilly day in January, this was the highlight of our trip to the Milan area, and we can't recommend Luka enough!

TERRENCE Malaysia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

We had a great time. Luca knows the place by heart.

mdbefish

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

My husband and I sought a private tour of Lake Como but ended up joining another two-some, making us a small group tour. It was FANTASTIC and MEMORABLE in every way! Luca is a wonderful person and tour guide. Make arrangements to spend time with him and you will not regret it.

Luca arranged our train to and from Milan, meeting us and sending us off on the platform. His detailed notes made it so easy. He catered to our preferences throughout the day, educated us about the local towns and sights and shared his passion at each and every turn. He explained the geography, the history, the seasonal changes, etc. Luca took us to several local businesses cheese makers, agri-farm, loomers, wine merchants where we had an up-close and personal experience as well as to an intimate, hospitable, authentic family restaurant for a delicious lunch.

GRAZIE LUCA!

Christine H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Wonderful tour with Luca who ensured our time in and around Lake Como was a memorable one for all the right reasons. Luca provided excellent service and ensured our limited time was well spent. His knowledge of the area was impressive, so too his manner and genuine interest in people. Luca tailored our tour to suit our interests, surpassing our expectations. If you have the opportunity to take this tour with Luca, book him before you miss out.

Nicholas C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Luca was our guide and driver...and now he is our friend. Wow, we had such a fun day and Luca was the cause of it. He took us first to a cheese maker in the Alps where we later had an extraordinary lunch. They we went to the Nera winery and had a tour, wine tasting and some cheese and salami snakes. Then we all went back to Varrena for a dinner by beautiful Lake Como and then home back to Milano. We couldn't ask for a better day. If I could I would give this a 10 star review but since I can't you'll have to settle for the five but add a plus to infinity. Thank you for a wonderful day Luca. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Tyler M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

This tour was the absolute highlight of our whole honeymoon in Italy. We visited Venice, Milan, Florence and Rome but we enjoyed this location and tour the most. Luca stayed in close contact within the week prior to the tour to ensure we were comfortable with the train stations, departure times and details of the trip. We met in the beautiful small village of Varenna, toured lake como on a boat although this was extra and walked around to see the wonderful views of this small village. We then drove north to the Valtellina valley where we enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the wine country. Luca was very knowledgeable about the history, food, wine and countryside of this area and super nice and friendly to talk to. He brought us to some very nice spots that make the tour so worth it but I recommend purchasing the tour yourself to enjoy the surprises than having me tell you about it. This was the best full day tour we had out of our whole 12 days in Italy and I would not go back without seeing Valtellina again!

Ruth E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

Luca is a great guide. He is organized and sensitive to how the tour is progressing. He is fun and informative, knowing this area because he has lived his life here. The tour is well paced and so fun. We never felt rushed or bored. Luca made the tour perfect for us! Grazie Luca!

Kelli A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

We took the Private tour to Lake Como and Valtellina in April on a beautiful Saturday before Easter Week. We had a perfect train ride and Luca met us at the station where we went directly up to Valtellina for a terrific family hike among the beautiful nature and scenery. We then had an amazing indigenous lunch in an fantastic agroturism place where the Pizzocherri was fabulous. Luca then took us to a local winery where we sampled the nibiolo wines with a passionate vintner while looking over the beautiful surroundings of mountains, lake como and the greenery. We finished the day with a trip to the villages of the lake where we couldn't help but have a gelato and check out some hotels for a longer stay later. Luca was terrific. It was an amazing day and its incredible that being so close to MILAN one can find such beauty and great food/ outdoor activities and nature. THANKS LUCA!! wouldn't change a thing and we highly recommend it. We were my husband, myself and our teenage daughter. We will be back for sure.

Kelli A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

We took the Private tour to Lake Como and Valtellina in April on a beautiful Saturday before Easter Week. We had a perfect train ride and Luca met us at the station where we went directly up to Valtellina for a terrific family hike among the beautiful nature and scenery. We then had an amazing indigenous lunch in an fantastic agroturism place where the Pizzocherri was fabulous. Luca then took us to a local winery where we sampled the nibiolo wines with a passionate vintner while looking over the beautiful surroundings of mountains, lake como and the greenery. We finished the day with a trip to the villages of the lake where we couldn't help but have a gelato and check out some hotels for a longer stay later. Luca was terrific. It was an amazing day and its incredible that being so close to MILAN one can find such beauty and great food/ outdoor activities and nature. THANKS LUCA!! wouldn't change a thing and we highly recommend it. We were my husband, myself and our teenage daughter. We will be back for sure.

April B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

We can not thank Luca enough for giving us the highlight of our trip to Milan. Friday evening we had tickets delivered to our hotel with easy directions to the train station. We found our guide the minute we stepped off the train. From there, he got to know us and gave us many options for the day ahead. We were very impressed with his knowledge of Lake Como and the surrounding areas. Luca accommodated our coffee and hunger requests perfectly. The day was packed with amazing sights of the lake, a local farm, mountains, vineyards, ancient wine cellars, a mom and pop store, a winery and even a medieval fortress. Throughout the day we had an amazing lunch, aperol spritz and wine tastings. He gave us plenty of alone time to experience our surroundings although we enjoyed his company just as much! You will not want to miss this amazing experience. Our only regret is that we didn't book a three day trip!

Mary I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

Luca is amazing and Lake Como is gorgeous! Certainly our best day in Italy!

John L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

We got a private Day Trip to Lake Como and Valtellina tour with Luca Martinelli and Wow, what an amazing day.
Luca send us a detail email with clear instructions train tickets to get to Varenna Esino from Milan Central Station. Luca promptly waited for us at the train station and drove us to visit amazing sites of Varenna village. We walked along Varenna waterfront, piazza and churches being off season, we practically had the whole area for ourselves. Top off with a super delicious seafood lunch in Sondrio.
Luca is the best tour guide we had well organized, attentive, considerate and great companion. Highly recommended.

victoria-bihun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

Highly recommend this tour. Luca was absolutely fantastic and went above and beyond what we expected. We felt very lucky to be able to get out of the cities and meet some lovely generous locals and taste their incredible produce. If you love cheese and wine, you can and #39;t go past this tour! Thanks Luca!

Greg S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

The best part of this trip was our private guide. He has a lot of knowledge, IS a great driver, and a very good sense of humor. very lucky to meet him.

arrangements were perfect. Train tickets delivered to our hotel, he was at the train station with a sign. No more space here go to trip advisor

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!

Karen J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

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.

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