Lake Como

Self Guided: Centre-based 7 Days/6 Nights

Just an hour from Milan, the region of Lake Como offers a fantastic network of trails and ancient mule tracks, leading from pretty villages to lavish villas and magnificent gardens. This walk features ‘must see’ villas and gardens such as Villa Carlotta, Villa Balbaniello, Villa Melzi and Villa Monastero. Cruise across the lake to different locations and return each evening to your hotel in a beautiful, small, typical village on the lake shore.


  • Stay at lovely Lenno on lake Como
  • Discover the natural landscape, the shimmering waters, dramatic backdrop of the Italian Alps and lively Riviera atmosphere
  • Explore the beautiful Italian gardens of Villa Carlotta, Balbaniello and Melzi
  • Walk on lake and mountain trails and visit traditional medieval villages
  • Enjoy a boat cruise to Bellagio and walk to Perlo for breathtaking views
  • Be captured by lovely Varenna


Your Journey

Day 1: Arrive Lenno, Lake Como

Lenno is 1.5 hours from Como, by scheduled boat. Visit the beautiful gardens of Villa Balbianello, in Lenno or relax on the pebble beach.

Day 2: Explore the hills of the Azalea Riviera and visit magnificent Villa Carlotta

Walk Lenno / Villa Carlotta - 3hr walk - + 200m/-200m
From Lenno, your walk will take you through the hills of the Azalea Riviera providing stunning panoramas of the lake and surrounding mountains. Witness the fantastic contrasts between olive groves and immaculate gardens of the glamourous villas, medieval villages and stunning Renaissance churches. Your walk finishes in Tremezzo, at the famous Villa Carlotta.

Day 3: The San Benedetto Abbey & the Sanctuary of Madonna del Soccorso

Walk Lenno – San Benedetto abbey – Sanctuary Madonna del Soccorso – Lenno
4hr - Elevations +600 m/- 600m
Climb to the Romanesque San Benedetto Abbey, perched at 800m, which dates back to the 11th century. Descend from here to the Sanctuaire de la Madonna del Soccorso and the Sacred Mont of Ossuccio dating from the 17th century and famous for its 14 chapels and 230 life size statues.

Day 4: Bellagio, the ‘pearl’ of the lake, panoramic views & the gardens of Villa Melzi

Loop Walk Bellagio - 4hr walk - + 250m/-250m -

Reach the picturesque village of Pescallo by boat and cross the park of Villa Giolia. Climb to Perlo. Return via Bellagio and the beautiful gardens of Villa Melzi.

Day 5: Bellano – Varenna : Explore the eastern shores of Lake Como

Loop Bellano / Varenna - 3h30 walk - + 300m/-300m
Enjoy a lovely walk along the lake, to Varenna, the real “dolce vita” ! Walk on a panoramic trail from Bellano, and reach the Castle of Vézio. Arrive in Varenna, a splendid village with colourful houses on the hillside. In Varenna, you can visit the gardens of the Villa Monastero featuring an avenue of rhododendrons, wisteria and large magnolias. Also visit the gardens of the Villa Cipress.

Day 6: Panoramic trails of Pigra

Pigra / Corniga / Colonno / Lenno - 3h30 walk - + 200m/-700m.
Walk from Pigra on a beautiful panoramic path to Corniga, and descend by a scenic cobbled path all the way to Colonno. You then continue on the lake shore to Osuccio.

Day 7: Tour ends after breakfast in Lenno


Moderate with walks averaging 3 to 4.5 hours per day on trails and cobbled streets.


Breakfast daily.


Please note pricing is in Euros, at time of publishing and is subject to change.

Double / Twin Share: 1 Oct to 15 Dec: €680. 1 Jan to 30 Mar: €730

Single Room: 1 Oct to 15 Dec: €1055. 1 Jan to 30 Mar: €1155


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