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The Western Branch

4 hour itinerary

You’ve already been on Lake Como, you’ve already seen its most famous locations, and you’re searching for something different? Look no further: Varennarentaboat has something ready for you.

In a couple of hours you can see the northern part of Lake Como, the wildest one, close to the Alpine mountains of Swiss and Valtellina. Rent a boat and you’re ready to go!

Here’s some tips:

1st stop – Lenno and Balbianello

Get on board and head towards Menaggio, on the opposite side of Lake Como. From there keep cruising till Lenno, while looking at Villa Carlotta and its beautiful gardens in Tremezzo. From Lenno reach the cape and let yourself be surprised by Villa del Balbianello.

The gorgeous 19th century residence has been managed since 1988 by FAI (Italy National Trust), which runs a few cultural happenings during the year.



2nd stop – Isola Comacina

Come around Lenno’s headland and keep on going south, till you reach the one and only Lake Como island: Isola Comacina.

Now you have the quite unique chance to look at its archaeological wonders from a different point of view.

Our tip is to do a full circle around the island, to overlook the natural amphitheatre of Sacro Monte di Ossuccio (Ossuccio’s Holy Mountain).

3rd stop – Laglio and Villa Oleandra

Keep cruising toward Como, and be careful: you might meet a true Hollywood star.

In the small hamlet of Laglio you can see Villa Oleandra, where George Clooney himself loves to spend his holidays along with family and friends.

If it’s your lucky day, you might catch him driving his yacht!

4th stop – Bellagio

 Cross the Lake, enjoying Como bay view, than sail back north passing by Nesso and Lezzeno. Your next stop is famous all around the world: Bellagio, the Pearl of the Lake.

Thanks to its small alleys, tiny shops and beautiful gardens, Bellagio has been the perfect romantic location for VIP’s weddings. The most famous actors, singers and models come to this small town to find a peaceful place to crown their dream of love. Enjoy the historical Villa Serbelloni Grand Hotel and Villa Melzi’s gardens while comfortably seated on your rental boat.

Last stop – Varenna

Well, it’s time to come back from your long trip. Leave Bellagio behind you and head back to Lake Como’s eastern branch, reaching Varenna again. Don’t forget to look at the beautiful panorama, crowned by Villa Monastero gardens.

If you like them well enough, ask to us about them: from our boat rental it takes only a few minutes to reach the Villa by foot. We’re waiting for you!


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