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Guided Walking : Europe

Italy: The Lakes

Moderate Terrain: 4-9 Miles Daily

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Italy: The Lakes

On Lake Como, vintage speedboats slice across the ultramarine water, zipping between baroque villas, terraced gardens, and quaint, hillside villages. It’s a sophisticated region—fashionable Italians have flocked here for centuries—and you’ll relish the splendor of manicured palazzi backed by soaring Alpine peaks. In this dramatic setting, enjoy walks leading from medieval lakeside hamlets to serene hillside meadows dotted with goats and on to wild oak forests—capping the day with a boat ride home. You’ll explore country estates on Lake Como filled with Renaissance art treasures and marble statues. Garden paths lined with trimmed umbrella pines, brilliant oleanders, azaleas, and delicate pink camellias lead to stately stone terraces. Water-taxi rides reveal a coastline of cobblestone promenades and fin-de-siècle hotels painted in subtle pastels. It’s the perfect way to experience one of Italy’s most genteel regions, and you’ll relish your time here every step of the way.


Tour Highlights:
  • Wander the majestic grounds of 18th-century Villa del Balbianello, a mixture of luxurious palms, classical statues, and dramatic arches covered in ivy.
  • On Lake Maggiore—the setting for Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms—stop by a local shop on Isola dei Pescatori (“Fishermen’s Island”) to chat about the catch of the day.
  • Sample the delicate and robust vintages of the region during a wine tasting in a 16th-century wine bar located in Orta San Giulio.
Flight + Tour Combo

10 days, 9 nights

FROM $5,698 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour extensions available
Milan | 2 nights $398

Tour Only

7 days, 6 nights

FROM $4,748 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Meeting in Milan

From Milan, transfer to idyllic Orta San Giulio. Walk the lakefront promenade past colorful fishing boats to the medieval town center, then climb to the UNESCO-protected Sacro Monte monastery for views of jewel-like Lake Orta. Afterwards, settle in at your four-star lakeside hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel San Rocco, Orta San Giulio

Housed within a former 17th-century convent, this elegant lakeside resort features comfortable, contemporary rooms with lake views. Amenities include an outdoor pool and expansive terrace with views of Lake Orta.

Day 2

Orta to Pella to Isola San Giulio

Boat to picturesque Pella, where centuries-old stone pathways wind past apple, pear, and persimmon trees to secluded hamlets. Later, visit San Giulio Island’s frescoed basilica and meander past elegant shoreline villas along the Via del Silenzio, a meditation footpath. For dinner tonight, boat to a lakeside trattoria.

Accommodation: Hotel San Rocco, Orta San Giulio

Housed within a former 17th-century convent, this elegant lakeside resort features comfortable, contemporary rooms with lake views. Amenities include an outdoor pool and expansive terrace with views of Lake Orta.

Day 3

Orta to Armeno to Coiromonte to Gignese

Today’s walk climbs forested slopes to the open meadows of Tre Montagnette, where mountain-framed vistas of Lakes Orta and Maggiore unfold. Afterwards, cross Lake Maggiore to your charming hotel on Isola dei Pescatori. Relax with a swim or wander the island’s romantic alleyways before tonight’s dinner overlooking the sparkling lakeshore.

Accommodation: Hotel Verbano, Isola dei Pescatori

A small, charming hotel on a tiny island in the middle of Lake Maggiore, with terraced dining overlooking the lake. Guest rooms open onto a large terrace or individual balconies. Please note that this hotel does not have air conditioning.

Day 4

Lake Maggiore and Isola Bella exploration

Visit Isola Bella for a guided tour of the art-filled Palazzo Borromeo and its opulently sculpted gardens.

Accommodation: Hotel Belvedere, Bellagio

A comfortable, family-run resort hotel comprised of several separate villas. Extensive grounds include an outdoor swimming pool that offers stunning views of Lake Como and the surrounding hills.

Day 5

Villa Carlotta and Villa del Balbianello

In Tremezzo, tour 17th-century Villa Carlotta with its terraced gardens of azaleas, rhododendrons, and camellias. Afterwards, climb footpaths above the lake to ancient villages that seem worlds away from the elegant lakeside resorts. This afternoon, after visiting 18th-century Villa del Balbianello, return to Bellagio to watch the sunset over the lake.

Accommodation: Hotel Belvedere, Bellagio

A comfortable, family-run resort hotel comprised of several separate villas. Extensive grounds include an outdoor swimming pool that offers stunning views of Lake Como and the surrounding hills.

Day 6

Varenna to Vezio

Flower-filled balconies, winding alleyways, and a lakeside promenade greet you today in charming Varenna. From here, climb the rugged slopes above Lake Lecco, enjoying panoramic views from Vezio Castle. Back in Bellagio, relax poolside before tonight’s farewell feast at an award-winning restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel Belvedere, Bellagio

A comfortable, family-run resort hotel comprised of several separate villas. Extensive grounds include an outdoor swimming pool that offers stunning views of Lake Como and the surrounding hills.

Day 7

Departure from Milan

After breakfast, transfer to Milan’s train station.

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Day 1

Meeting in Milan

From Milan, transfer to idyllic Orta San Giulio. Walk the lakefront promenade past colorful fishing boats to the medieval town center, then climb to the UNESCO-protected Sacro Monte monastery for views of jewel-like Lake Orta. Afterwards, settle in at your four-star lakeside hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel San Rocco, Orta San Giulio

Housed within a former 17th-century convent, this elegant lakeside resort features comfortable, contemporary rooms with lake views. Amenities include an outdoor pool and expansive terrace with views of Lake Orta.

Day 2

Orta to Pella to Isola San Giulio

Boat to picturesque Pella, where centuries-old stone pathways wind past apple, pear, and persimmon trees to secluded hamlets. Later, visit San Giulio Island’s frescoed basilica and meander past elegant shoreline villas along the Via del Silenzio, a meditation footpath. For dinner tonight, boat to a lakeside trattoria.

Accommodation: Hotel San Rocco, Orta San Giulio

Housed within a former 17th-century convent, this elegant lakeside resort features comfortable, contemporary rooms with lake views. Amenities include an outdoor pool and expansive terrace with views of Lake Orta.

Day 3

Orta to Armeno to Coiromonte to Gignese

Today’s walk climbs forested slopes to the open meadows of Tre Montagnette, where mountain-framed vistas of Lakes Orta and Maggiore unfold. Afterwards, cross Lake Maggiore to your charming hotel on Isola dei Pescatori. Relax with a swim or wander the island’s romantic alleyways before tonight’s dinner overlooking the sparkling lakeshore.

Accommodation: Hotel Verbano, Isola dei Pescatori

A small, charming hotel on a tiny island in the middle of Lake Maggiore, with terraced dining overlooking the lake. Guest rooms open onto a large terrace or individual balconies. Please note that this hotel does not have air conditioning.

Day 4

Lake Maggiore and Isola Bella exploration

Visit Isola Bella for a guided tour of the art-filled Palazzo Borromeo and its opulently sculpted gardens. This afternoon, ferry across to Bellagio, the “Pearl of Lake Como,” and stroll the waterfront path to your elegant hotel overlooking the lake’s crystal-blue waters.

Accommodation: Hotel Belvedere, Bellagio

A comfortable, family-run resort hotel comprised of several separate villas. Extensive grounds include an outdoor swimming pool that offers stunning views of Lake Como and the surrounding hills.

Day 5

Villa Carlotta and Villa del Balbianello

In Tremezzo, tour 17th-century Villa Carlotta with its terraced gardens of azaleas, rhododendrons, and camellias. Afterwards, climb footpaths above the lake to ancient villages that seem worlds away from the elegant lakeside resorts. This afternoon, after visiting 18th-century Villa del Balbianello, return to Bellagio to watch the sunset over the lake.

Accommodation: Hotel Belvedere, Bellagio

A comfortable, family-run resort hotel comprised of several separate villas. Extensive grounds include an outdoor swimming pool that offers stunning views of Lake Como and the surrounding hills.

Day 6

Varenna to Vezio

Flower-filled balconies, winding alleyways, and a lakeside promenade greet you today in charming Varenna. From here, climb the rugged slopes above Lake Lecco, enjoying panoramic views from Vezio Castle. Back in Bellagio, relax poolside before tonight’s farewell feast at a wonderful lakeside restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel Belvedere, Bellagio

A comfortable, family-run resort hotel comprised of several separate villas. Extensive grounds include an outdoor swimming pool that offers stunning views of Lake Como and the surrounding hills.

Day 7

Departure from Milan

After breakfast, transfer to Milan’s train station.

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Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Milan, Italy

Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.

Arrival

Arrive in Milan, Italy

Upon arrival at Milan’s Malpensa International Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign will meet you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary small-group transfer will be provided to the Hotel Cavour, approximately one-hour away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: Hotel Cavour, Milan

An elegant four-star hotel in Milan’s historical center, Hotel Cavour is within walking distance of the Duomo, La Scala, and the city’s main pedestrian and shopping areas. Family run for four generations, the hotel exhibits attention to detail in every aspect of its classic décor—from its gracious entrance hall, bar, and fine-dining restaurant, to the comfortable soundproof guest rooms.

Day 1

Join your Country Walkers Italy: The Lakes tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel. Your guide(s) will meet you at the Hotel Cavour at 1:00 p.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt.

Please be dressed for walking. Please refer to the Italy: The Lakes (7-day/6-night) itinerary for full tour details.

From Milan, transfer to idyllic Orta San Giulio. Walk the lakefront promenade past colorful fishing boats to the medieval town center, then climb to the UNESCO-protected Sacro Monte monastery for views of jewel-like Lake Orta. Afterwards, settle in at your four-star lakeside hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel San Rocco, Orta San Giulio

Housed within a former 17th-century convent, this elegant lakeside resort features comfortable, contemporary rooms with lake views. Amenities include an outdoor pool and expansive terrace with views of Lake Orta.

Day 2

Orta to Pella to Isola San Giulio

Boat to picturesque Pella, where centuries-old stone pathways wind past apple, pear, and persimmon trees to secluded hamlets. Later, visit San Giulio Island’s frescoed basilica and meander past elegant shoreline villas along the Via del Silenzio, a meditation footpath. For dinner tonight, boat to a lakeside trattoria.

Accommodation: Hotel San Rocco, Orta San Giulio

Housed within a former 17th-century convent, this elegant lakeside resort features comfortable, contemporary rooms with lake views. Amenities include an outdoor pool and expansive terrace with views of Lake Orta.

Day 3

Orta to Armeno to Coiromonte to Gignese

Today’s walk climbs forested slopes to the open meadows of Tre Montagnette, where mountain-framed vistas of Lakes Orta and Maggiore unfold. Afterwards, cross Lake Maggiore to your charming hotel on Isola dei Pescatori. Relax with a swim or wander the island’s romantic alleyways before tonight’s dinner overlooking the sparkling lakeshore.

Accommodation: Hotel Verbano, Isola dei Pescatori

A small, charming hotel on a tiny island in the middle of Lake Maggiore, with terraced dining overlooking the lake. Guest rooms open onto a large terrace or individual balconies. Please note that this hotel does not have air conditioning.

Day 4

Lake Maggiore and Isola Bella exploration

Visit Isola Bella for a guided tour of the art-filled Palazzo Borromeo and its opulently sculpted gardens.

Accommodation: Hotel Belvedere, Bellagio

A comfortable, family-run resort hotel comprised of several separate villas. Extensive grounds include an outdoor swimming pool that offers stunning views of Lake Como and the surrounding hills.

Day 5

Villa Carlotta and Villa del Balbianello

In Tremezzo, tour 17th-century Villa Carlotta with its terraced gardens of azaleas, rhododendrons, and camellias. Afterwards, climb footpaths above the lake to ancient villages that seem worlds away from the elegant lakeside resorts. This afternoon, after visiting 18th-century Villa del Balbianello, return to Bellagio to watch the sunset over the lake.

Accommodation: Hotel Belvedere, Bellagio

A comfortable, family-run resort hotel comprised of several separate villas. Extensive grounds include an outdoor swimming pool that offers stunning views of Lake Como and the surrounding hills.

Day 6

Varenna to Vezio

Flower-filled balconies, winding alleyways, and a lakeside promenade greet you today in charming Varenna. From here, climb the rugged slopes above Lake Lecco, enjoying panoramic views from Vezio Castle. Back in Bellagio, relax poolside before tonight’s farewell feast at an award-winning restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel Belvedere, Bellagio

A comfortable, family-run resort hotel comprised of several separate villas. Extensive grounds include an outdoor swimming pool that offers stunning views of Lake Como and the surrounding hills.

Day 7

Departure from Milan

After breakfast, transfer to Milan’s train station.

Post-Night

Tour Departure from Milan

After breakfast, a private coach brings you to the Hotel Cavour in Milan (by 11:15 a.m.), for your post-tour night. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)

Accommodation: Hotel Cavour, Milan

An elegant four-star hotel in Milan’s historical center, Hotel Cavour is within walking distance of the Duomo, La Scala, and the city’s main pedestrian and shopping areas. Family run for four generations, the hotel exhibits attention to detail in every aspect of its classic décor—from its gracious entrance hall, bar, and fine-dining restaurant, to the comfortable soundproof guest rooms.

Departure

Ciao! This morning a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to Milan’s Malpensa International Airport based on your departure time. (Your departure transfer time will be communicated to you on tour by your guides.)

Add a Tour Extension to Your Flight + Tour Combo
Pre-Tour Extension: Milan

2 nights from only $398

  • Two nights at the Hotel Cavour*
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • Two breakfasts

For those guests reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in Italy with an additional two nights in Milan. Like the grand, gothic cathedral at its heart, Milan is a city of refined beauty, unsurpassed taste, and monumental power. Staying in a four-star hotel in the center of the city, you’ll have the opportunity to see it all, from La Scala Opera House to Da Vinci’s famous painting, The Last Supper. Take in the unique street style of Corso di Porta Ticinese before wandering the upscale Via Montenapoleone, where many of the world’s most acclaimed fashion houses are based. If the timing’s right, take in a soccer match at San Siro, Milan’s colossal cathedral to the world’s most popular sport. Explore the striking renaissance fortress of Castello Sforzesco. Or, should you prefer, simply watch the crowds come and go in front of the Duomo.

Single Supplement: $298

Flight + Tour Combo plus Pre-Tour Extension Dates: May 4-15, 2016, May 18-29, 2016, August 24-September 4, 2016, September 7-18, 2016, September 21-October 2, 2016

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • Two nights at the Hotel Cavour, Milan*
  • Two breakfasts
  • 7-day/6-night Italy:The Lakes guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Tour Extension Available

Milan
2 nights from only $398

Learn More

Ready to take the next step?

Request A Reservation

OR Call 800.234.6900

Download Full Itinerary
Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Milan, Italy

Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.

Arrival

Arrive in Milan, Italy

Upon arrival at Milan’s Malpensa International Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign will meet you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary small-group transfer will be provided to the Hotel Cavour, approximately one-hour away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: Hotel Cavour, Milan

An elegant four-star hotel in Milan’s historical center, Hotel Cavour is within walking distance of the Duomo, La Scala, and the city’s main pedestrian and shopping areas. Family run for four generations, the hotel exhibits attention to detail in every aspect of its classic décor—from its gracious entrance hall, bar, and fine-dining restaurant, to the comfortable soundproof guest rooms.

Day 1

Join your Country Walkers Italy: The Lakes tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel. Your guide(s) will meet you at the Hotel Cavour at 1:00 p.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt.

Please be dressed for walking. Please refer to the Italy: The Lakes (7-day/6-night) itinerary for full tour details.

From Milan, transfer to idyllic Orta San Giulio. Walk the lakefront promenade past colorful fishing boats to the medieval town center, then climb to the UNESCO-protected Sacro Monte monastery for views of jewel-like Lake Orta. Afterwards, settle in at your four-star lakeside hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel San Rocco, Orta San Giulio

Housed within a former 17th-century convent, this elegant lakeside resort features comfortable, contemporary rooms with lake views. Amenities include an outdoor pool and expansive terrace with views of Lake Orta.

Day 2

Orta to Pella to Isola San Giulio

Boat to picturesque Pella, where centuries-old stone pathways wind past apple, pear, and persimmon trees to secluded hamlets. Later, visit San Giulio Island’s frescoed basilica and meander past elegant shoreline villas along the Via del Silenzio, a meditation footpath. For dinner tonight, boat to a lakeside trattoria.

Accommodation: Hotel San Rocco, Orta San Giulio

Housed within a former 17th-century convent, this elegant lakeside resort features comfortable, contemporary rooms with lake views. Amenities include an outdoor pool and expansive terrace with views of Lake Orta.

Day 3

Orta to Armeno to Coiromonte to Gignese

Today’s walk climbs forested slopes to the open meadows of Tre Montagnette, where mountain-framed vistas of Lakes Orta and Maggiore unfold. Afterwards, cross Lake Maggiore to your charming hotel on Isola dei Pescatori. Relax with a swim or wander the island’s romantic alleyways before tonight’s dinner overlooking the sparkling lakeshore.

Accommodation: Hotel Verbano, Isola dei Pescatori

A small, charming hotel on a tiny island in the middle of Lake Maggiore, with terraced dining overlooking the lake. Guest rooms open onto a large terrace or individual balconies. Please note that this hotel does not have air conditioning.

Day 4

Lake Maggiore and Isola Bella exploration

Visit Isola Bella for a guided tour of the art-filled Palazzo Borromeo and its opulently sculpted gardens. This afternoon, ferry across to Bellagio, the “Pearl of Lake Como,” and stroll the waterfront path to your elegant hotel overlooking the lake’s crystal-blue waters.

Accommodation: Hotel Belvedere, Bellagio

A comfortable, family-run resort hotel comprised of several separate villas. Extensive grounds include an outdoor swimming pool that offers stunning views of Lake Como and the surrounding hills.

Day 5

Villa Carlotta and Villa del Balbianello

In Tremezzo, tour 17th-century Villa Carlotta with its terraced gardens of azaleas, rhododendrons, and camellias. Afterwards, climb footpaths above the lake to ancient villages that seem worlds away from the elegant lakeside resorts. This afternoon, after visiting 18th-century Villa del Balbianello, return to Bellagio to watch the sunset over the lake.

Accommodation: Hotel Belvedere, Bellagio

A comfortable, family-run resort hotel comprised of several separate villas. Extensive grounds include an outdoor swimming pool that offers stunning views of Lake Como and the surrounding hills.

Day 6

Varenna to Vezio

Flower-filled balconies, winding alleyways, and a lakeside promenade greet you today in charming Varenna. From here, climb the rugged slopes above Lake Lecco, enjoying panoramic views from Vezio Castle. Back in Bellagio, relax poolside before tonight’s farewell feast at a wonderful lakeside restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel Belvedere, Bellagio

A comfortable, family-run resort hotel comprised of several separate villas. Extensive grounds include an outdoor swimming pool that offers stunning views of Lake Como and the surrounding hills.

Day 7

Departure from Milan

After breakfast, transfer to Milan’s train station.

Post-Night

Tour Departure from Milan

After breakfast, a private coach brings you to the Hotel Cavour in Milan (by 11:15 a.m.), for your post-tour night. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)

Accommodation: Hotel Cavour, Milan

An elegant four-star hotel in Milan’s historical center, Hotel Cavour is within walking distance of the Duomo, La Scala, and the city’s main pedestrian and shopping areas. Family run for four generations, the hotel exhibits attention to detail in every aspect of its classic décor—from its gracious entrance hall, bar, and fine-dining restaurant, to the comfortable soundproof guest rooms.

Departure

Ciao! This morning a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to Milan’s Malpensa International Airport based on your departure time. (Your departure transfer time will be communicated to you on tour by your guides.)

Add a Tour Extension to Your Flight + Tour Combo
Pre-Tour Extension: Milan

2 nights from only $398

  • Two nights at the Hotel Cavour*
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • Two breakfasts

For those guests reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in Italy with an additional two nights in Milan. Like the grand, gothic cathedral at its heart, Milan is a city of refined beauty, unsurpassed taste, and monumental power. Staying in a four-star hotel in the center of the city, you’ll have the opportunity to see it all, from La Scala Opera House to Da Vinci’s famous painting, The Last Supper. Take in the unique street style of Corso di Porta Ticinese before wandering the upscale Via Montenapoleone, where many of the world’s most acclaimed fashion houses are based. If the timing’s right, take in a soccer match at San Siro, Milan’s colossal cathedral to the world’s most popular sport. Explore the striking renaissance fortress of Castello Sforzesco. Or, should you prefer, simply watch the crowds come and go in front of the Duomo.

Single Supplement: $298

Flight + Tour Combo plus Pre-Tour Extension Dates: May 4-15, 2016, May 18-29, 2016, August 24-September 4, 2016, September 7-18, 2016, September 21-October 2, 2016

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • Two nights at the Hotel Cavour, Milan*
  • Two breakfasts
  • 7-day/6-night Italy:The Lakes guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Tour Extension Available

Milan
2 nights from only $398

Learn More

Ready to take the next step?

Request A Reservation

OR Call 800.234.6900

Dates & Prices

Tour Only

2017 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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May 21 - May 27 $4,748 $1,048
Sep 3 - Sep 9 $4,748 $1,048
Sep 17 - Sep 23 $4,748 $1,048
Oct 1 - Oct 7 $4,748 $1,048

Flight + Tour Combo

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Single Supplement
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May 19 - May 28 $5,798
$1,198
Sep 1 - Sep 10 $5,698 $1,198
Sep 15 - Sep 24 $5,698 $1,198
Sep 29 - Oct 8 $5,698 $1,198

Private Adventure

Make this Tour a Private Adventure

You can transform this itinerary into an exclusive experience for you and your fellow guests. Enjoy all the same walks and inclusions as on our traditional tours, in the company of the same expert guides. Simply gather your friends, choose your preferred departure date, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Learn more about our Private Adventures.

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2017 Dates Number of Travelers
6 - 11 12 - 18 Single Supplement
May 1 - Sep 30$4,948$4,748$1,048

Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Fiorella Casartelli
Fiorella Casartelli

Fiorella Casartelli was born and raised in a village on the shores of Lake Como. She studied foreign languages and spent several years living in England and Germany before returning to the Como region. Fiorella enjoys sharing her regional knowledge of the botany, art, history, and of course, food and wine of her native region with guests from around the world.

Alessandro Pini
Alessandro Pini

Alessandro Pini makes his home in both Milan and his native Lake Como. Having studied art history, literature, and languages, Alessandro is a certified professional guide in Milan, the Italian Lakes and Lombardy region. Fluent in English and German, he is passionate about sharing his love of Italy with guests on our Piedmont and Italian Lakes tours.

Christopher Wellington
Christopher Wellington

Having lived in Italy for more than thirty years, Christopher Wellington combines a deep love of his adopted country with wide-ranging knowledge of its past and present. A history graduate of Cambridge, he taught English and religion before moving into guiding. He is fascinated by the art and architecture of Italy, and how it has grown out of the countryside and life of the people, the source, too, of his interest in the food and wine of each region. He guides in the Italian Lakes, Cinque Terre, and Piedmont.

Angelica Turi
Angelica Turi

Angelica Turi has been working in the field of art restoration in her hometown of Florence for many years, specializing in paintings on canvas and icons. She is equally comfortable in the Tuscan countryside where her family has been producing wine and olive oil since the mid-19th century. An outdoor enthusiast, Angelica has a deep appreciation of the fine food and wine of Italy, which she gracefully shares on many of our Italian tours.

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Reviews

December 2015

“Amazing part of Italy. Our trip brought us to many off the beaten path locations that one would not find on your own if you tried to organize your own adventure. ”

November 2015

“I have never had a guide I didn’t want to be with. I have not had a complaint about any trip and I am about to sign up to go to Sicily in May of 2016.

I have no more to say…..,”

November 2015

“The entire tour was very nice. The Guides were especially good. It was nice to see gardens and villas as well as hikes.”

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