Discover the amazing Villa del Balbianello and the centre of Como, then relax on a scenic cruise
Villa del Balbianello, where several movies have been filmed, is one of the wonders of lake Como: located on the tip of a green peninsula, this magnificent property has many stories to tell and collections to discover, together with being a spectacular place! We'll meet in Como and reach Balbianello, in the town of Lenno, with a scenic cruise by public ferry or hydrofoil. The ferry will sail slowly among villages, villas and gardens. I'll tell you about local traditions, old and new stories and it'll be possible to spot Villa d'Este in Cernobbio, Villa Oleandra, George Clooney's retreat, and much more. Once in Lenno, time for a quick lunch and then we'll reach Balbianello by watertaxi. Private visit of the gardens and the villa, with the library, the Expeditions museum and the rooms in which lived Guido Monzino, an Italian explorer with a fascinating personality. In the afternoon, cruise back to Como. The tour will end with an essential visit of Como: the Cathedral, piazza Volta, via Vittani.
1 - Pick up at your hotel if in Como city centre/ train station/ meeting in Piazza Cavour, Como
2 - walk to the ferry pier and departure for the panoramic cruise to Lenno, by ferry (1, 5 hrs) or hydrofoil (40mnts). Sightseeing of the most famous villages and villas
3 - arrival in Lenno and free time for a quick lunch
4 - transfer to Villa del Balbianello, either by private boat or walking (25 mnts, partially uphill)
5 - visit of the gardens and of the Villa
6 - return to Lenno, ferry/hydrofoil back to Como
7 - basic visit of Como (30 mnts): piazza Cavour, Cathedral and piazza Volta
8 - thanks and ARRIVEDERCI!
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Como, piazza Cavour (in front of Emporio Armani store) or any hotel in the city centre. If you're arriving by train, I can pick you up at the train station.
End location: The tour will end in Como, piazza Cavour or piazza Duomo.
Duration: 7 hours
The tour might be a little bit (around 30 minutes) shorter or probably longer, depending on the Ferry Timetable that is not published yet and will change several times, from early spring to summer to autumn. Depending on the date of your tour, I'll give you the specific times for the ferries and the hydrofoil.
For the cruise, we'll use the Lake Como Ferry system. Details here: http://www.navigazionelaghi.it/eng/c_flotta1.asp?ID=10
On our way to Lenno we'll get on a slow ferry: a slow sailing is the best way to see the shores, the landscape and the villas. To return to Como, we'll take the hydrofoil, considerably faster. Requires prebooking and a supplement (4.40 €).
To get to Villa del Balbianello we can walk (20 mnts, partially uphill) or get a boat watertaxi (7€ return ticket, 10 mnts)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
55 EUR - Lunch in Lenno
Tickets to enter Villa del Balbianello Villa + Gardens (20 € adults, 10 € 4-14 years, discounts for National Trust members)
Ferry or hydrofoil ticket to Lenno and back (8.30€/ adults/one way, reduced for children and over 65 years, hydrofoil requires a supplement 4.40€)
Water taxi to Villa del Balbianello (if you want to get it 7€ round trip, 5€ one way)
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.