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Lake Maggiore - Locarno - Lake Como
CULTURE | SIGHTSEEING
Lake Maggiore and Como Lake
Lake Maggiore and Lake Como, relaxation, nature and culture.
The two lakes offers a singular and particular experience, with gorgeous landscapes, the fascination villages lost in time, near-ancient castles and monasteries, superb villas, places rich in history and character, and intriguing museums.
Lake Maggiore, Italy’s second lake for extent, boasts spectacular views and a temperate climate, imposing mountains and green hills, forts and villas – all contributing to its status as an important touristic destination since the days of the “Grand Tour.”
Lake Como, with its upside-down Y form, gave to the world the inventor Alessandro Volta and the writer Alessandro Manzoni, who set the book I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed) the branch of the lake that contains Lecco. The lake’s center (i.e. center of the Y) features perhaps one of the most famous and awe-inspiring Italian images in the world: the beautiful panorama that comprises the fantastic Villa d’Este (Cernobbio), Villa Serbelloni and Villa Melzi (Bellagio), and Villa Passalacqua (Moltrasio).
1st day – Arrival
Arrival in hotel, accommodation, dinner and overnight.
2nd day – Lake Maggiore and Locarno (Switzerland)
Breakfast and departure for an excursion by train and ferry across the beauties of Lake Maggiore and the southern part of Switzerland, Ticino. The journey in train, approx. 90 minutes, crosses a rugged and romantic territory, where you can admire very high bridges, streams with clear water and vineyards, chestnut trees and small villages that cling to the mountain sides. The ferry ride crosses Lake Maggiore and the Borromee isles, the castles of Cannero, the isles of Brissago; fascinating lake sides with picturesque villages and towns. Possibility to have lunch on the ferry (to be booked in advance) or free time for lunch in one of the towns on the Lake. Return to the hotel for dinner, overnight.
3rd day – Borromee isles
Breakfast and departure to visit the Borromee isles by boat: the Isola Bella with the Borromeo palace, in barocco style, surrounded by a gorgeous italian garden; the Isola Madre, the largest of the isles, stands in the centre and presents itself with a magnificent renaissance palace surrounded by an incredible garden among the oldest and most important in Italy; the Fisherman isle, picturesque fishing village with the bell tower that overlooks the red roofs of the houses. Free time for lunch. Afternoon at leisure . Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
4th day – Lake Como
After breakfast departure to Lake Como. Visit the main destinations of the lake: Como, the city that gives its name to the lake, with its Voltiano temple and the Duomo; Cernobbio with the famous Villa d’Este that nowadays is a hotel; Tremezzo with Villa Carlotta, a private museum surrounded by a marvellous garden; Menaggio that extends on a small promontory that shows the lake in all its majesty. Board the boat to reach Bellagio, the pearl of Lake Como, magnificent village with many villas such as Villa Melzi. Free time for lunch and return to Menaggio. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
5th day – Departure
Breakfast and departure