The best way to enjoy the many splendors of Lake Como is from the water. During this six-hour motorboat cruise you will slowly follow the shoreline so you can admire the charming villages and elegant private villas from up close: Villa Versace, Villa Le Rose, Villa Passalacqua and Villa Oleandra (owned by actor George Clooney). A local tour guide will relate the histories - both past and modern - of these luxurious properties, some of the most costly real estate in the world.
Villa Balbianello, a striking complex built in the XVIII century on the site of a Franciscan monastery, is the first stop. It stands on the tip of a steep promontory in the center of the lake, almost directly opposite Bellagio, and is surrounded by panoramic, terraced gardens. An elegant loggia with three arches rises on the land's highest point and dominates the gardens so that nothing distracts from the enchanting vision of the lake's blue waters.
In 1974 the villa was purchased by Guido Monzino who led the first Italian expedition to climb Mount Everest. He filled it with art and artifacts acquired during his travels. Villa Balbianello is now administered by Italy's National Trust and a number of films, including the James Bond movie, Casino Royale, and one of the recent Star Wars episodes, have used this location for shooting.
After touring the villa and its gardens, you will continue by boat to Bellagio, called the "Pearl of the Lake." Here you'll visit the gardens of the Villa Melzi, adorned with classical statues and rare, exotic plants. In May, the azaleas are justly celebrated.
|From Bellagio or Tremezzo|
|# of People||Price|
|1 - 6 people||$2,086.00 per group|
|From Cernobbio or Como|
|# of People||Price|
|1 - 6 people||$1,830.00 per group|
Entrance tickets to the villas are not included. This tour departs from Cernobbio or Como ONLY. If your hotel is NOT located in Cernobbio or Como, extra charges may apply.
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