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Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Group Size: Min. 6 Max. 12
Price: on request

Next Departures:
4-11 Jun
22-29 Sett
Other dates available on request

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Historic houses in the Italian lake district

Day 1 / STRESA

Arrival at Malpensa airport and private transfer to Stresa. Check-in at the hotel, once home of a noble family, at the crossroads of culture, fashion and design.

Lake Maggiore is a hidden, elegant gem in the north of Italy. Home of one of the most important Italian families, is the perfect mix of nature and culture. Lake water comes from the alpine glaciers and creates a unique microclimate, that allows flora from all over the world to grow on the lake shores.

Relax on the shores, walk in the gardens, visit the palaces where elegance, culture and power are on display.

Welcome drinks and light dinner overlooking the Borromeo Islands. Brief description of the tour by the expert.

Overnight in Stresa.

Day 2 / STRESA & LAKE MAGGIORE

Full day to discover, with a private boat tour, the most elegant island: Isola Bella. Visit the Borromeo Palace and enter some of the rooms of the house where the family still spend some days in the summer holidays. The views from the gardens are unique.

Enjoy lunch in one of the family-owned restaurants on the Isola del Pescatore, just a few minutes away. Finish by walking in the magnificent garden of Isola Madre, enjoy the sunset under the Cipressus Cashmeriana, originally from the Himalayas.

Overnight in Stresa.

Day 3 / LAKE ORTA

Lake Orta is a small lake surrounded by high green mountains that make the watercolor deep blue, calming, and relaxing. Light changes during the day to admire all shades of blue and green both in the mountains and reflected into the lake’s calm waters. While lesser known than all the other lakes in the north of Italy it has been inhabited since the Neolithic and it became an ideal destination for writers, artists, and noble families in 1780 when it became part of the Savoia Reign. Friedrich Nietzsche, Samuel Butler, Lord Byron, Honoré de Balzac, and Robert Browning all came here to rest, read, replenish and indulge their imagination.

Dinner at a renowned Michelin restaurant in a magnificent villa.

Overnight in Stresa.

Day 4 / VARESE & COMO

Private transfer to Como. On the way, time to discover Villa Craven to meet Count Craven. Visit the garden and the historical interior, in the charming Chinese hall of the residence.

From there to Villa Cicogna Mozzoni, accompanied by the owner to the sixteenth-century house, whose frescoed interiors are all full of furnishings, pictures, and accouterments of various ages. It will also be possible to admire the library, in which there are 5000 volumes, and the archive which contains documents from the 13th to the 20th century. The house also has a walled garden, an example of a formal Italian garden, with box hedges, pools, fountains, statues, and a cave with unique water features.

Private lunch in the villa with the owner.

Arrive in Como, for a light dinner at the Hotel.

Overnight in Como.

Day 5 / COMO

Visit the center of Como, once a small fisherman village transformed into a rich city by the silk industry. Visit the silk museum to discover why this area of Italy was so rich and cultured.

Private boat transfer to Dongo, to visit Villa Rubini Redaelli. Guests will be welcomed by the owner, who will accompany them to discover the charming villa of the early twentieth century.

The lunch buffet will be served on the terrace of the villa, from where guests can admire the entire high Lake Como. Visit the interiors of the house and discover the historical curiosities related to it.

Overnight in Como.

Day 6 / MENAGGIO

Transfer to Villa Balbianello. Transfer to Menaggio, to discover one of the most famous lake countries in the world: Villa Vigoni Mylius of Loveno, now an Italian-German cultural center owned by the Federal Republic of Germany.

Lunch will be served in the antique hall of the columns.

The director of the study center that occupies the villa will narrate the fascinating history of the house and accompany the group to discover its interiors, its important collections, and the wonderful park with views of Bellagio and the lake.

Overnight in Como.

Day 7 / BELLAGIO

Visit Villa Pizzo di Cernobbio, guests will be welcomed by the owners of the house, the Lodigiani family, and will be accompanied to discover the villa, which was also owned by the Viceroy Ranieri D’Asburgo, and the park, the largest of Lake Como. Along the romantic paths, it will be possible to admire many centuries-old plants, including boxwood trees more than 350 years old and exotic essences, but which resist on site thanks to the mild climate of the lake.
Transfer to Bellagio for lunch and enjoy the gardens of Villa Melzi d’Eril and enjoy a relaxing afternoon walking in the city.

Overnight in Como.

Day 8 / Departure

Transfer to the Airport.

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