Lake Como Day Trip From Milan

Villa Monastero
Enjoy a day trip from Milan to nearby Lake Como, where you'll explore the beautiful lakeside villages of Varenna and Bellagio. Lake Como is known globally as one of the most beautiful locations in the Lombardy region, a unique natural landscape combining shimmering water and mountains covered by green forests. 

You'll meet your guide in Milan and take the train together to Lake Como. When you arrive, begin your walking tour in Varenna. As you stroll along the quaint cobbled streets, stop at Piazza San Giorgio square in the center. Here you'll see the Church of San Giorgio and its locally sourced marble paving. Follow some of the narrow passageways just off the square, lined with small artisan shops selling leather and other local products. 

Varenna has many beautiful and extravagant villas built by wealthy families. Villa Monastero and Villa Cipressi attract visitors each year, and the latter is now a luxury hotel. Both villas are famed for their botanical gardens containing many rare plant species, including cypress trees. 

Next, enjoy a scenic 20-minute boat trip across the lake to Bellagio, a town renowned for its beautiful villas and picturesque shoreline. Stroll through the village to admire grand buildings and picture-perfect cobblestone lanes lined with cafes and shops. Explore the rare and exotic plants in the botanical gardens of Villa Serbelloni, and discover the neoclassical Villa Melzi, built for Francesco Melzi d’Eril, vice president of the Italian Republic during Napoleon's time. 

At your leisure, you'll have time to stop for lunch. When ready, return to Milan.

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