Immerse yourself in the alluring beauty of Lake Como. Learn how to distinguish fine olive oil at a tasting while enjoying panoramic vistas atop Vezio Castle. Cruise Lake Como and explore Bellagio, where you will dine at a fishermen's restaurant as they impart the secrets of their trade.
Taste the authentic flavors of northern Italy while enjoying the beautiful setting of the popular and enchanting Lake Como. Learn how to distinguish truly fine extra virgin olive oil within the walls of a stunning castle. Take a blissful train ride through the Italian countryside and a delightful ferry ride on the waters of Lake Como. Savor fresh seafood and local cuisine while learning about the trade at a fishermen's restaurant in the lakeside gem of Bellagio.
Eat breakfast on your own, then meet your expert guide at Milan Central Station at 9:15 AM. Board the train to Varenna and enjoy the ride, glancing out the window as the charming countryside passes by. Founded by local fishermen over a millenium ago, Varenna is a beautiful and typical village on the eastern side of the lake, characterized by colorful hillside houses on the shore.
Once in Varenna, take a short stroll through the woods and appreciate the natural environment as you approach Vezio Castle. Though it is no longer connected directly to the village of Varenna by walls, this grandiose 11th-century castle still commands Lake Como. Wind through its stone passageways and ascend its tower to enjoy a panoramic vista of the nearby lake and town. Inside the dignified tower, learn how to recognize the genuine taste of extra virgin olive oil from a true expert. During this tasting lesson, put your newfound skills to the test! After the lesson, enjoy a delicious "aperitivo" or appetizer in the castle.
In the afternoon, visit Varenna's Villa Monastero. This historic and cultural center, once a Cisterian Convent, is ornately furnished with original funiture and decor. Outside, there are beautiful gardens, where you can wander peacefully through citrus, cypresses, pine trees, and agaves. Next, take a ferry across the lake to Bellagio, known as the Pearl of Lake Como. The ambiance surrounding this lake, one of the deepest in Italy, is a fascinating combination of both charm and opulence. You can see this in Bellagio, simultaneously a romantic resort and quaint village.
Here, dine on fresh, local seafood at a fishermen's restaurant as you learn the secrets of their trade. After dinner, return to Varenna and then Milan by train with your guide, arriving around 11:30 PM.
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