Travel to Italy
Upon arrival in Milan, transfer by private coach to your hotel, situated on the shores of Lake Como.
Bellagio & Villa Melzi Gardens
Spend the morning relaxing at leisure in your peaceful Lake Como surroundings.
In the afternoon visit Bellagio, ‘The Pearl of Lake Como.’ Its famous cafes and restaurants provide the perfect place to soak up the lake's famous panorama. The village is characterised by century-old buildings, stone lanes and picturesque cobbled stairways, filled with shops showcasing the finest Italian wares. The tour will conclude at the beautiful Villa Melzi Gardens, designed by the architect Luigi Canonica and the botanist Luigi Villoresi.
Villa Balbianello & Varenna
Commence your half day excursion travelling by private boat to Villa Balbianello. Built by Cardinal Durini at the end of the 18th century; the villa rises on top of a wooded promontory. The garden is a masterpiece, built on terraces, majestic plane trees, magnolias, cypresses, wisteria and azaleas; it’s truly a classical Italianate garden. Then transfer by boat for Varenna for a visit to the Monastery garden.
City of Como
Following breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a full day guided excursion to the ancient city of Como. The city contains numerous works of art, churches, gardens, museums, theatres, parks and palaces. The tour will include the Como Cathedral, one of the most important buildings in the region. It is commonly described as the last Gothic cathedral built in Italy and it contains a number of 16th century paintings by Bernardino Luini and Gaudenzio Ferrari. Enjoy some free time for shopping and lunch.
Return to your hotel in the afternoon.
Today, you will have the morning free to relax. Depart at 2pm to walk to the nearby villa and garden of Villa Carlotta, situated in the village of Tremezzo. The villa has one of the most beautiful gardens in the region. Planting varies from shady ferneries to elegant pergolas, smothered with the perfumed Trachelospermum jasminoides, and urns overflowing with Hibiscus and Citrus fruit. You also visit the Museum to admire the wonderful views of Lake Como from its balconies and one of the most famous masterpieces of Antonio Canova.
At Leisure & Return Home
Enjoy a relaxing day in by the pool or take a return trip to the gardens or Bellagio with Frances before departing for Milan and your evening flight to Dublin.