Como Lake Tour – Varenna and Bellagio

The Como Lake Tour takes place every week on Tuesday, with Teacher   Sara Munari


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We will take you to discover and photograph some of the most beautiful places of Como Lake, so loved by famous actors such as George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Leo Di Caprio and many other VIPs!


Travel information with Train and Boat over the Lake:

  • Departure by train from Milan Central Station (Underground Metro Green Line M2 and Yellow Line M3, stop Centrale FS)
  • Regional Train number 2554 (Line for: Sondrio-Tirano)
  • Remember to stamp your ticket before boarding the train.
  • Departure from Milano Centrale: h. 08.20 AM
  • Train arrival in Varenna-Esino: h. 09.23 AM

Tour Starting Point: at parking in front of Varenna Railway Station: h. 09.30 AM, with Teacher Sara Munari

  • Ferry-Boat number T161 from Varenna to Bellagio: h. 12.10 AM
  • Ferry-Boat arrival to Bellagio: h. 12.25 AM


  • Boat number 32 from Bellagio to Menaggio to Varenna: h. 05.45 PM
  • Boat arrival to Varenna: h. 06.10 PM
  • Regional Train number 2575 (Line for: Milano Centrale)
  • Departure from Varenna-Esino: h. 06.37 PM
  • Train arrival in Milano Centrale: h. 07.40 PM

Being available a train every hour to Milan (with departure from Varenna at h. 07.37 PM, 08.37 PM, 09.37 PM, 10.20 PM), if you want you can stop even longer in Varenna to admire it even by night.


Varenna is a former small fishing village, but due to its unique location on the east coast of the lake, also has ancient noble houses and villas, a large square with the Church, and is dominated by the medieval Castle of Vezio (year 1100).

Starting from the station, we will visit the main square of Varenna and then we will reach

Villa Monastero
It was built as a convent in 1200, and then transformed into a noble Villa in 1567.
Today the Villa is a Convention Center known internationally.
The garden is open and full of exotic plants with statues, temples and balustrades.
Ticket Entrance to the garden: 5,00 Euro per person (opening hours from 09.30 to 18.30)

Anatra_e_Cigno    Villa_Monastero

After visiting the town, and having walked on the scenic walkway suspended over the water, we will get on the lakefront, which offers a wonderful view of water and mountains, a small hotel and the marina where very often you can see funny ducks, swans, and other wildlife.

Here we will take a boat to Bellagio, in the middle of Como Lake.

Free lunch and shopping in Bellagio, in one of its many tourist restaurants and shops.

Continuation of the group tour at  h. 01:45 PM, with a following visit to:

Villa Melzi d’ErilIt was built on the shores of the lake in 1810 for the Duke Francesco Melzi and is still private.


We will visit the wonderful garden, which was created by adapting the land with terraces and bumps, embellished with many tropical plants and sculptures (the most famous is the group with Dante and Beatrice), a small temple, and a Japanese pond.
We can also visit the small museum called “Orangerie,” and the family chapel.
Ticket Entrance for Groups: 5,00 Euro per person
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We will continue the walk to another beautiful villa in the small town, crossing the typical small lanes of Bellagio:

Villa Serbelloni.
Built in 1605, it is currently owned by the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, who uses it as a Luxury Hotel and Convention Center.
The huge and spectacular park is open to the public, and takes up most of the promontory with almost 18 kilometers of avenues.
The landscape ranges on the two branches of the lake, with views of the extraordinary beauty of the lake itself.


Boat departure h. 05:45 PM from Bellagio to Menaggio, another town on the western side of the lake, and then arrival at Varenna at h. 06.10 PM.

In order to participate at Photo Tour you have to buy in advance the special ticket “Tesori del Lago di Como” = Treasures of Como Lake, which includes the train ride from Milan to Varenna (and back) and the free movement over boats on Como Lake.
Ticket prices:
Adults: 22,00 Euro
Children from 4 to 14 years: 14,00 Euro

You can buy the ticket “Tesori del Lago di Como” at the Central Station (Stazione Centrale) or at enabled Trenord retail points, or online, it is valid for one day with mandatory validation at departure, the date may be changed in case of need, but it is not refundable.

Angelo Cucchetto