Discovering Isla Comacina
2 hour itinerary
1st stop – Lenno and Villa Balbianello
Start your trip from our private pier, just in front of our boat rental in Varenna. Reach Menaggio, on the opposite side of Lake Como, than head south and get to Lenno.
Take your time here to look at a magnificent XIX century residence, now Unesco Heritage site: Villa del Balbianello. The gardens of the Villa, sporting an ancient tree that looks like a dome, can be easily seen by boat.
2nd stop – Comacina Island
Round the Lenno cape and keep on moving south, till you reach Isola Comacina, Lake Como’s only island.
Be ready to peek into its archeological wonders comfortably seated on your classic wooden boat: they’re as old as the Roman Empire! Sail all around the island to contemplate Santo Monte di Ossuccio (Ossuccio’s Holy Mountain), which looms over it from the mainland.
3rd stop – Bellagio
Congratulations: you’ve just found the Pearl of Lake Como. This is the town where many famous movies have taken place, like Star Wars, Once upon a time in America.
One of the best hotels in Las Vegas owes its name from it. Maneuver your rental boat along the shore and fall in love with the colourful Villa Melzi gardens and the historical Villa Serbelloni Grand Hotel. You’ve got a privileged position from the boat: when you’ll be back in your hometown, be sure to make everybody jealous showing your unique pictures.
Last stop – Varenna
You’re approaching the end of your trip: round Bellagio’s Cape and cross again the eastern branch. Take a quick look at the small hamlet of Fiumelatte (Milkyriver), which takes its name from the shortest creek in Italy. The whirling waters that it leads to the lake can be almost white because of the foam.
One last stop in front of Villa Monastero’s garden, full of sculptures and exotic plants and remember later you can visit the villa!