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Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour provided by Lake Como Food Tours

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

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  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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A note from Villa Balbianello and Flavors of Lake Como Walking and Boating Full-Day Tour
We only operate small groups, which will be exceptionally limited to 8 participants. Our experiences mainly take place outdoors: our guides wear masks and we require all participants to do the same. Social distancing will be required and facilitated throughout the tour.
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Updated 05/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
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You'll start at
Varenna
Via Imbarcadero Piazza Martiri Libertà, 23829 Varenna LC, ItalyOur Tour starts in front of the Ferry Terminal Ticket Office in Varenna at 10 am . Just look for the team with the LAKE COMO FOOD TOURS sign ! If you are arriving from Como, Cernobbio or Moltrasio we recommend to take the 9:00 am hydrofoil from Como (stopping also in Moltrasio) and disembark in Bellano at 10:04. If this is the case please inform us at least one day before the tour, so that we can organise your pick-up at the ferry terminal in Bellano. Please check lake navigation timetables while planning your trip as boat times may vary depending on season. http://www.navigazionelaghi.it/eng/c_orari.asp
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  • 1
    Villa del Balbianello
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    I Giardini di Villa Melzi
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Chiesa di San Giorgio
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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You'll end at
Hotel du Lac
Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini, 32, 22021 Bellagio CO, ItalyThe tour ends in Bellagio. There are plenty of mid-lake shuttles or car ferries linking Bellagio to Varenna and other locations. The last speedboat to Como will depart at the end of our tour. Our tour guide will be happy to show you departure point.
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Departure Point
Via Imbarcadero Piazza Martiri Libertà, 23829 Varenna LC, Italy
Duration
7h
Return Details
Hotel du Lac, Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini, 32, 22021 Bellagio CO, Italy
Inclusions
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Tasting of delicious local specialties in a charming old mill
  • Guided walking Tour of Varenna
  • Special lunch in a typical lake front restaurant: starters, pasta, water, a glass of wine and coffee
  • 1h Boat Tour (open top Venetian taxi)
  • Tickets to Villa del Balbianello
  • Tickets to Villa Melzi
  • Entry/Admission - Villa del Balbianello
  • Entry/Admission - I Giardini di Villa Melzi
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required
  • A maximum of 14 people per booking
  • Dress code is casual, comfortable shoes
  • A fair amount of walking is involved. The trail to the mill for the morning tasting entails a descent with some steep steps which must also be ascended on the return trip. Please make sure you are physically adapt and wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • The tour runs rain or shine. In case of bad weather conditions it is possible that the tour undergoes some slight changes and that the transfer to Villa Balbianello is done using public transport and not with the private boat taxi due to safety reasons
  • Please Note: hotel pickup is not included for this activity, however it will be requested at the time of booking.
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
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638Michael wrote a review Oct 2019
Florence, Italy14 contributions5 helpful votes
First stop, a walk down stairs to an old mill that the owner wants to restore - we thought we were going to see olive oil made, but they press it elsewhere for now. Still very good stuff. Our favorite part was the boat ride after lunch in Varenna. View of several villas, then
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Chris B wrote a review Sep 2019
Oahu, Hawaii92 contributions10 helpful votes
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This tour is a great way to see Varenna, Bellagio and the Villa. Great value as it included lunch in Varenna as well as a visit to an old olive oil mill with snacks and wine. Very well organized tour and our guide spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable of everything.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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dinaesther wrote a review Sep 2019
Casselberry, Florida49 contributions17 helpful votes
We spent a wonderful day with Alessandra, our amazing guide, who was extremely warm and friendly, knowledgeable and competent. This was a great way to see the central lake area, participating in a variety of fun and interesting activities, which included an oil and flour mill
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Roseanne N wrote a review Jul 2019
8 contributions3 helpful votes
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By far the best part of my 2 weeks in Italy! First off, let me say Lake Como is just gorgeous! My husband and I were greeted by our tour guide and found out we were only touring with one other couple so it was very personal! Our tour guide, forgive me because I can't recall
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Date of experience: July 2019
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D Ellis wrote a review Jul 2019
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Such a great tour, from the historic oil mill, to the restaurant, to the villa. Although, since it was such a beautiful day, the boat tour was definitely the highlight - such a great way to view the lake and see all the places I would like to go back and visit at another time!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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JoyRNC
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Unexpected
The scenery was breath taking and the guide was knowledgeable. I am a novice and this was above my fitness level. H
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589patj
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Perfect pasta experience
An excellent way to spend time learning how to make the perfect pasta. Great morning, great food, great teacher.
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tkmckeon
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Outstanding time at Mama Ciccia’s Cooking Academy
My wife and I had an incredible time taking a cooking class from Sylvia and Francesca. The kitchen was in an amazin
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Ktprezioso
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Best memory from Lake Como
We spent a week in Lake Como and saw and did a lot while there, but by far, our best memory was this cooking school
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Matt S
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The Mama Ciccia experience
Well worth it! Such an amazing setting and learning from such a knowledgeable high-end Italian restaurant owner is
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KwajSteveY
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Outstanding Class at a Beautiful Location
My wife and I had a wonderful time learning and cooking with mama chef. She is a great instructor. I learned new
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Djwm93
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Great class
Everything about this class was phenomenal. The staff was so friendly and kind and helpful, and the food made was f
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mackimm28
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Very disappointed
We had booked our Lecco Food tour one month prior to our arrival. Receieved confirmation immediately. One day bef
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lalexa01
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A great tour with an excellent tour guide
We had a great time learning the history of Bellagio and its customs all the while navigating through the back stre
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Ryann T
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Amazing
My mom and I stayed in como for 5 days and searched for cooking classes. We found this class which is about an hou
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hankandix
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Another way to see Bellagio
What is not mentioned in the web site for this attraction is that the departure and return point is situated high u
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Thomas S
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Delightful class
My husband, who doesn't cook much, and I attended this class on a recent trip to Lake Como. After a short train r
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dinaesther
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Wonderful hike up the mountain from Torno
Elsa was our hiking guide and spent three hours with us hiking up to the village of Montepiatto, going up the mule
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djereb
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Walk and eat lake como
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Christina our guide was very knowledgeable. She gave us a lot of history and spo
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AntonR627
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One of the highlights of our trip
Such an amazing experience in a beautiful kitchen right on the lake. Sylvia was very patient an knowledgeable and w
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  • Duration: 7h
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  • Languages Offered: English, Italian
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