Explore Northern Italy's natural charm starting with Lake Como, where you'll take a boat tour of its extravagant shore lined with mansions. Ride the funicular to the scenic vista in Brunate where you'll catch a panoramic view of Como and the stunning surrounding nature. Transfer to colorful Cinque Terre, where you'll hike from one seaside village to another while enjoying breathtaking sunsets and views of the Ligurian Sea.
Start at the funicular station in Como and ride up the cable train to Brunate, known as the “beautiful balcony of Como.” Along the way, your guide will share some local insight about the city, lake, and surrounding mountains, which can only be truly understood and appreciated from atop the hill.
Next, enjoy a scenic and easy hike beloved by tourists and locals alike. You’ll pass through the area’s breathtaking landscapes, mysterious boulders, and pendulous stones, making your way to an ancient village. The hike is a perfect way to enjoy Lake Como at a more leisurely pace that’s both relaxing and fun. Finally, you’ll cross the mountains of Blevio, Sorto, and Cazzannoro and arrive at Monte Piatto. Nearby, you’ll find the so-called Pietra Pendula, a large erratic boulder that seems to lean on another smaller stone precariously.
After a delicious picnic lunch filled with local and regional delicacies, you’ll continue toward the small village of Piazzaga, where you’ll discover the mysterious Massi Avelli (stone tombs). Then descend to the picturesque village of Torno overlooking the lake, and return to Como by boat.
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Itineraries with Slow Travel on Lake Como: Brunate & Torno
Combine the historical splendor of Italy with its natural charm in this 14-day tour, highlighting the ancient cities of Venice, Pisa, Florence, and Rome with sunset gondola rides, regional dishes in local neighborhoods, and guided walking tours, plus visits to many museums, art galleries, and monuments. Enjoy tasting wine in the picturesque hills of Tuscany, plus guided tours of Siena, Vatican City, and the Roman Forum. Swap lively city centers for outdoor experiences in Lake Como and Cinque Terre, like boat tours, day hikes, and traversing the seaside in search of colorful villages.