Best gardens and villas of Lake Como

Villas and gardens cruise

Villas and gardens cruise bring you to discover 3 of the most beautiful and enchanting gardens of the lake. On board of your comfortable private boat you will cruise the lake and stop by Villa del Balbianello, Villa Carlotta and Villa Melzi, for a memorable botanical sightseeing

Villa del Balbianello  is located at the end of a promontory overlooking the lake. Arriving by boat, a very well maintained  path, surrounded by plane tree and boxwood hedges lead you to the top of the villa, the Loggia Durini. Due to the particular geological conformation of the territory it has never been possible to realize a classical Italian garden and not even a typical romantic English park, therefor Villa Balbianello gardens are a Unicum, perfectly integrated with the blu of the water

Villa Carlotta The garden-park of Villa Carlotta (about 8 hectares) is a very fascinating place: its favorable position, but also the harmonic coexistence of styles, the variety of plant species, the literary suggestions make it worthy a visit. Come and see the Italian garden that dates back to the XVII Century with its geometrical schema, stair and terraces, statues and fountains; feel the echoes of the Romantic period, still alive in the structure of the park with old trees of big size and views of great charm; come to live the impressive vegetal architecture of the second half of the XIX Century with the monumental azaleas and rhododendrons and the unending richness of rare plants and species! 

Villa Melzi , Francesco Melzi d’Eril, Duke of Lodi, Vice President of the First Italian Republic and a personal friend of Napoleon, decided at the beginning of the nineteenth century to build a summer residence at Bellagio on a site with an incomparable view and with a mild climate. The visitor is greeted by a small lake of water lilies, just beyond a kiosk in Moorish style with a delightful view of Bellagio and in front of the monument of Dante and Beatrice by Comolli, which seems to have inspired Liszt’s ”Dante sonata”.

Naturally during the villas and gardens cruise you will have the possibility to admire, from the privileged situation of being on a boat, all the other villas that have made Lake Como famous worldwide

All cruises are private and include fuel and captain. If you are staying at a hotel with a pier, downtown Como or in the central part of the lake, we can arrange pick-up from that location. If not, we will direct you to the most convenient port nearest your hotel. Boarding from private villas is also possible. In case you are coming to Lake Como by train we can indicate you boarding pier walking distance from your train station. See how to reach Lake Como here

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Villas and gardens cruise- At a Glance

  • Private boat at your disposal for 6 hours
  • Pilot and fuel included
  • Visit to Villa del Balbianello, Villa Carlotta and Villa Melzi
  • Entry tickets not included


  •   1 to   6  people   Euro  1.650,00
  •   7 to 10  people   Euro  1.850,00

Would you like to add a licensed tourist guide? Full day , max 7 hours, costs Euro 440,00

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