Lake Como
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Our most recommended Lake Como Neighborhood Tours

Como: Private Market Tour & Lunch or Dinner with a Local

1. Como: Private Market Tour & Lunch or Dinner with a Local

Sharing the joy of regional Italian cuisine with thousands of travelers from all over the world. If you want to uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, the cooks are here to share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Visit the local market with your guide. Enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produce from the land. Come back to your hosts home and attend a private cooking demonstration, where you will learn the secret of their family cookbook while munching one of their dishes. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a four-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish, dessert with drinks included. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

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Lake Como: Sailing Boat Experience

2. Lake Como: Sailing Boat Experience

Experience the freedom of sailing on the stunning eastern side of Lake Como. Embark on a guided half-day or full-day sailing tour from Malgrate, near Lecco, to discover clear blue waters, lush vegetation, mountains above you, and beautiful little towns on the shores of the lake. Enjoy a glass of prosecco to toast your trip. Admire the views of Baia di Parè, Malgrate, Lecco, Abbadia and the high mountains of this wild area. Jump in to the crystal clear waters for a swim, or take the wheel and try your hand at being captain. The wind and your skippers will guide you, as you relax and enjoy this wonderful adventure on Lake Como.

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Half-Day Lake Como Discovery Tour from Milan

3. Half-Day Lake Como Discovery Tour from Milan

Start your sightseeing adventure by meeting your guide at Cadorna Station in Milan, then catch a morning train from Milan to Lake Como; a scenic hour-long trip. Once in Como, you will take a leisurely walk through the city center with your local guide, discovering the majestic white marble Duomo, walking along the elegant Via Vittorio Emanuele, and taking in medieval walls and the Romanesque Sant’ Abbondio Church. The highlight of the tour is the superb, 600-year old Cathedral, and you'll discover traditional shops and upscale boutiques in Piazza Cavour, Via Plinio, and the waterfront. Your walk continues along the lakeside promenade to Villa Olmo, where you'll have magnificent views of the lake and town from the ornate garden. After the tour, enjoy some free time to enjoy Lake Como at your own pace, visiting more sites or just enjoying the scenery and Italian sunshine. With included return train tickets to Milan, you're free to explore Lake Como for as long as you want, then return to Milan at your preferred time.

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Como: Half-Day Authentic Market Tour and Cooking Class

4. Como: Half-Day Authentic Market Tour and Cooking Class

Go food shopping like a local, enjoying the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Then immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

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Lake Como Tour: The Story of the Local Rebels

5. Lake Como Tour: The Story of the Local Rebels

Lake Como is a land of wonderful landscapes and history, but also, a place full of tales of smugglers, brigands, and soldiers. In this frontier land between Italy and Switzerland, the mountains just off the center of Como were excavated to accommodate trenches, fortresses and hiding places. The forests have been inhabited by thousands of soldiers and the trails were crossed from one side of the border to the other by men with allegiances to both countries. Your guide will lead you on a fascinating tour through the Spina Verde park, a still green area of Como, where you can enjoy the natural beauty of the park, beautiful views of the city, the lake and learn very peculiar aspects of the local history.

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Val Senagra: The Enchanted Valley Tour

6. Val Senagra: The Enchanted Valley Tour

The Senagra Valley is one of the most beautiful and lesser known places in the Lake Como area. Here, the Senagra River flows sometimes placid, sometimes impetuous. On this tour, you'll start by leaving the center of Menaggio as your guide takes you on a discovery of this magical place.  During your walking tour, see a blend of naturalistic beauty and important traces of historical activity. A simple walk through the ancient hamlet of Loveno where you will come across narrow alleys suddenly opens up to spectacular views of the lake and important historical villas. Continuing towards the heart of the valley, magical and little frequented, you will meet a suspended bridge and evidence of the productive history of this place. Visit an old brick factory, now converted into a museum, and an old needle factory which is now a restaurant and trout/sturgeon farm. Get to visit the farm in the company of the owner before sitting down together to taste the typical products of this amazing farm.

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Como: Homemade Pasta Cooking Class

7. Como: Homemade Pasta Cooking Class

Join this cooking class and learn to make homemade pasta and show off your new cooking skills back home. Take part in this fully immersive experience in Italian and regional gastronomic traditions and culture in the beautiful Como area. Get a hands-on opportunity to understand how to cook and present one of the most typical dishes of northern Italy: fresh pasta. Most of your wholesome and high-quality ingredients come from local producers. The class takes place in a very cozy and warm place and ends with enjoying your own fresh pasta.

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Lake Como: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

8. Lake Como: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

On this tour, you can go food shopping like a local with your "Cesarina", enjoying the distinctive Italian local markets and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. Then, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her/his family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish and dessert with drinks (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee). Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

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Lake Como: Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

9. Lake Como: Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels. Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Go food shopping like a local with your host, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land.  Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

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What people are saying about Lake Como

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 32 reviews

Non voglio commettere un errore nel mio italiano, quindi scriverò inglese AMAZING!!! We love the whole crew! They are a bunch of friends who have all known each other they’re entire lives. The boat was beautiful, you’re able to sit at the very front and take pictures of you & your friends if you want, they provided multiple bottles of prosecco and delicious cheese, crackers & meat. Mauro, Maurizio & Luca have my heart - they are so kind, funny, gentlemen. They all have interesting stories and hobbies - ask Luca about his Harley’s Speak italian to them, try your hardest! Embrace them.

Absolutely wonderful experience with Guilia, our English guide and our two skippers. They were extremely hospitable and treated us like family! The snacks, fruit and drinks were a great bonus to a beautiful day on the like with some tunes. We‘ll be sure to make this a repeat excursion when in Como! - Sheri, Miguel and the crew

Of all the excursions I have Even been on, this was my best experience. The host was as personal and accommodating as anyone could be. Engaging all passengers and making sure all were comfortable. Many times going the extra mile. I highly recommend this activity. It was by far the best value for my money.

We did this cruise with my boyfriend. We have adored ! The crew were on top, very nice and the aperitif provided on board was a very pleasant moment. We loved the swimming stops in Lake Como. We recommend !

Daniele accommodated our schedule and we had a great time on our hike. Daniele was knowledgeable and very personable. The picnic lunch was fantastic! Highly recommend this tour!