Discover Como centre and the beauty of 18th century original villa, reaching it walking by the lake
Explore all the highlights of Como, including the 18th century Villa Olmo, its magnificent frescoed ballroom and 92 seats theatre, with this 3 hours walking tour. Put your comfortable shoes on and follow me in the discovery of this city, fouded by the Romans more than 2000 years ago. The city of Como is charming and has many stories to tell: you'll be fascinated with the history of how the electrical battery was invented here and intrigued by the mystery of the two statues on the Cathedral. The visit will include: the Duomo, piazza Volta, the Sociale theatre, the Casa del Fascio, via Vittani. Then we'll head towards the so called "stroll of the villas", a pleasant walk by the lake created connecting the gardens of some ancient villas. Most of these mansions are now private and closed to the public, except Villa Olmo, our final destination. We'll enter the villa to admire the beautiful decoration and visit the dining hall, the theatre and all the other rooms. If time allows, we'll visit together the gardens.
1 - Pick up at your hotel if in the city centre/meeting in Piazza Cavour/train station
2 - Stroll in the city centre. Depending on you, this tour, around 1. 5 hrs, may include the following highlights: Cathedral (also inside), piazza Volta, via Vittani, piazza San Fedele, church of San Fedele (also inside), shopping streets of Como, Casa del Fascio (from outside), Teatro Sociale (from outside), piazza Cavour, public gardens area with Tempio Voltiano (from outside), walk on Diga Foranea.
* the places listed above are ALL located in the city centre, approx. max. 15 mnts walking one from the others
3 - Walk (15 mnts from Piazza Cavour) to reach the "stroll of the villas": we'll see some magnificent properties like Villa Saporiti, Villa Gallia, Villa Volontè Mondolfo and their gardens, all from outside
4 - Guided visit of Villa Olmo: entrance hall, dining room, ballroom, chapel, theatre. . .
5 - If we have time, visit of the gardens: the Italian garden and the Romantic park
6 - Thanks e Arrivederci!
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I can pick you up in your hotel if it's located in Como centre (please let me know the address and I'll let you know), otherwise we can meet in Piazza Cavour, Como, in front of Armani store.
If you're arriving from Milan by train, I can pick you up at the train station: please feel free to ask me the infos about train lines!
Click here to see where piazza Cavour is and get the directions to get there.
End location: The tour will finish in Villa Olmo: to go back to the city you can walk, take a bus or a taxi. I'll help you in organizing your return.
Duration: 3 hours
It might happen that Villa Olmo is closed, due to maintanance works or strike. In this unlikely case we'll visit the gardens and we could continue the walk to Villa del Grumello
The whole tour will be done by foot: we'll walk for approximately 1.8/2 miles (2,5/3 km), flat and easy. At the end of the tour, you can return to Como centre with a bus, a taxi or just walking.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5 EUR - During this tour we won't have to pay any ticket or anything else, except if you want to buy a drink or a snack (allow about 5 € for that)
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
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Alessandra was a friendly, knowledgeable guide to Como. Her sense of humor, familiarity with every nook of the city, and relaxed vibe made the tour feel like a great visit with a local friend. I was able to return to Como the next day to visit some of the shops we saw on the tour-- and I felt like I knew my way around, thanks to her guidance. Thanks, Alessandra!