The Italian Lakes are among the most beautiful in Europe. Most famous of all, and thought by many to be the most beautiful, is Lake Como, immortalized in the opening lines of the classic of Italian literature, 'I Promessi Sposi' (The Betrothed), by Alessandro Manzoni.
It deserves its fame, surrounded as it is by high mountains, its shore dotted with pretty villages and towns. Located north of Milan (and even closer to Malpe, close to the border with Switzerland, this is northern Italy at its most beautiful - good food, a relaxed attitude to life, leisurely walking, and a comfortable climate. This is a 3 centre holiday, allowing you to enjoy the Best of Lake Como.
The walks include spectacular hilltop hikes looking north to the Alps and west to Lago Lugano, exploratory forays into unbeliebably pretty lakeside and mountain villages, and half day walks leaving you time to have a good look round the historic town of Como, and Varenna ("la perla de Lago Como"), where you will be based during your stay here.
- 7 nights B&B accommodation in 3 different Hotels at Como, Breglia, and Varenna
- 2 Evening meals at Breglia
- 4 Star Hotel in Como town centre
- Comfortable country Hotel at Breglia in the mountains above Menaggio
- Family run 3 Star Hotel in Verenna
- Taxi transfers between Menaggio and Breglia
- Maps and route notes
- Ferry Crossings and cable journeys (likely total cost approx 40 Euro)
- Drinks and meals other than breakfast and dinners at Breglia
- Transport to Como and from Varenna
Price - £595.00 - £635.00 per person
Price varies according to season - for 2 people sharing a room, half board - single occupancy supplement is £120.00.
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The nearest airport is Milan (Milano). Milan has 2 airports - Linate and Malpensa. Take train or bus to the main Central station in Milan. Regular trains run approx. every 30 minutes - journey takes less than an hour to Como.
Budget airlines Ryansir and others also fly to Bergamo (Milan Bergamo - Orio al Serio Airport )- from here there is a direct bus service to Como. it is recommended that you book in advance. 3 services per day - journey just under 2 hours.
By Train: There is a train station in Varenna with connections to both Milan and Bergamo.
Itinerary (7 nights)
Total Distance (Max) - 40 miles, 65k
Longest Day - 10 miles, 16k
Average Day - 7 miles, 11k
Available from April to end of September
Day 1 - Arrive Como
By bus or train from Milan to the beautiful town of Como. Enjoy time exploring the town.
Overnight in 4 star hotel in town centre.
Day 2 - Brunate to Torno (16 k, 10 miles)
Brunate is a small village beautifully situationed above the town of Como accessible by road but also by the funicular railway (inaugurated in 1894) from Como town (7 minutes journey time - cost Euro 3.40). Enjoy a panoramic walk along the ridge with beautiful views to the Alps to the north and the lake below. Walk to the ruins of the a medieval castle and then descend to the lake again passing the lakeside village of Torno before taking the boat back to Como for a second night.
Day 3 - Como to Breglia (8.5 k, 5 miles)
In the morning explore the lovely old town of Como with its Romanesque churches, Duomo and historic centre. Then take the boat from Como to Menaggio where you will be met and taken up to the charming village of Breglia - high above Menaggio. Take a short walk to Madonna di Breglia and San Domenico. Return to your Hotel and relax on the terrace enjoying wonderful views. Overnight in Breglia.
Day 4 - Circular Walk from Breglia (10k, 7 miles)
Walk from your hotel to the Menaggio mountain hut - a less strenuous walk but with great views of the lake below. From the "Pizza Coppa" you can enjoy a panorama of the whole of the surrounding area from Lake Lugano to the north to Lake Como below. Overnight in Breglia
Day 5 - Menaggio to Varenna (10k, 6 miles)
After breakfast you will be taken to the boat station at Menaggio and you take the short boat journey across the lake to Varenna where you spend the next 3 nights. Varenna is one of the most beautiful villages on the Lake with views across to picturesque Bellagio and the mountains towering above it. Walk to the Fiumelatte, the shortest river in Italy. Either return the same way or continue to Lierna, whose gardens and vineyards have a truly Mediterranean flavour. Overnight Varenna.
Day 6 - Varenna to Bellano / Dervio (8k, 5 miles)
Walk directly from your hotel along the Sentiero del Viandante, an ancient path along the lakeside. Pass the old Vezzio Castle, walk through a terraced landscape to the picturesque village of Bellano. From here return by boat or bus, or continue walking to Dervio. Overnight Varenna.
Day 7 Bellagio & Lake Como (Variable Distance, plus other options)
Today, you will explore the entire central section of Lake Como by boat. There are a number of 'must see' spots you can investigate, depending on your interests: the splendid Villa Carlotta, with its beautiful gardens overlooking the lake, the charming Menaggio, and, of course, Bellagio, the "Pearl of the Lake," situated on the Punta Spartivento, where the two arms of Lake Como meet. Here, you'll take an incredibly scenic walk through the delightful countryside, through the charming fishing village of Pescallo and up to the scenic hamlet of Visgnola. Down at the lake, you walk back along the wonderful gardens of Villa Melzi. Then, there is time to explore any number of local villages by boat or relax with a drink somewhere on the lakeshore before returning to the hotel. Alternatively, you can walk from Bellagio to the hilltop at San Primo (5 hour walk - please ask for details) Overnight Varenna.
Day 8 - Depart Varenna
Trains or buses to Milan or Bergamo