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Lake Como Essentials

2 hour itinerary

The 2 hours itinerary is recommended for those with limited time available, who still want to see the most famous places of Lake Como. Everything you need is two spare hours and a boat to explore the most famous of Lake Como’s branches, the western one, and its beautiful small towns. Renting a boat takes 5 minutes only, then you’re ready to go!

1st stop – Lenno and Balbianello

Leave our boat rental shop, get on board thanks to our private pier, and reach the opposite shore. Keep cruising by Menaggio, the way point town between Lake Como and Lake Lugano, till you get to Lenno.

Here you can look at Villa del Balbianello, a gorgeous 19th century estate, UNESCO heritage site. Standing proud on a hill facing the lake, Villa del Balbianello watches over the whole western branch, dominating it.

2nd stop – Comacina Island

Carry on and reach the one and only Island on Lake Como, the Comacina Island. Since you’re already renting a boat, why don’t you sail around the island and take a peek at the ancient roman treasures scattered all over it?

3rd stop – Bellagio

Cross the lake and reach the opposite side. Cruise along the rocky shore and get to Bellagio, the Pearl of the Lake.

While feeling comfy on your boat, enjoy the view of Villa Melzi gardens and the Villa Serbelloni Grand Hotel, two historical and artistic residences. Bellagio is a compulsory stop, famous all around the world because of its privileged position in the middle of Lake Como. Skipping it’s strictly forbidden!

Last stop – Varenna

You’re approaching the end of your trip: round Bellagio’s Cape and cross again the eastern branch. Take a quick look at the small hamlet of Fiumelatte (Milkyriver), which takes its name from the shortest creek in Italy. The whirling waters that it leads to the lake can be almost white because of the foam.

One last stop in front of Villa Monastero’s garden, full of sculptures and exotic plants, then you’re ready to come back on the mainland. Varennarentaboat Team is waiting for you!

Other itineraries

Tradition & Beauty

3 hour itinerary

The most balanced option to explore Lake Como’s traditions and local beauties.

The Western Branch

4 hour itinerary

Explore the western branch of Lake Como with its beautiful villas on the shores.

The North of the Lake

4 hour itinerary

Explore the the wildest part of the lake, close to the Alpine mountains of Swiss and Valtellina.

The South of the Lake

4 hour itinerary

The ideal tour if you’ve already visited the famous location and you’re looking for something new.