My birthday was just over a month ago and this year was a bit different – no party, no cake, and no presents – but sometimes different is the best. As the United Kingdom has rules on who can meet and when I had drinks with a few friends at my London flat five days before my birthday because on the big day I was in Italy with Mark. I had been to the four big cities; Rome, Venice, Florence, and Milan, prior this this visit but the Lakes were new to me.
While celebrities like George Clooney have helped put it on the map it has been popular for hundreds of years and the historic villas dotted around the lake front are gorgeous. We visited quite a few including Villa Balbianello and Villa Carlotta in Tremezzina as well as Villa Monastero in Varenna and they are so stunning the properties will get their own posts but today I will show the properties via the water taken while on our Lake Como boat trip.
After seeing that Lake Como is a in a very long inverted Y-shape and with long windy roads around the lake the best way to get around is certainly is by boat. Even off season, at the end of September, and with the limited tourism I was able to find more than a dozen options of private boat tours around Lake Como holly crud are they are expensive! What do I mean? The options range but two hour private Venetian Romance tour will set you back €450 to the 6-hour Gran Turismo from Lake Como Tours which starts at €1,400 ($1,650). As these private options were just a bit too much. Thus, we ended up booking a small group tour called Central Lake Tour & Visit to Villa Balbianello which was advertised as a two and a half hour tour for up to 12 people from Taxi Boat Varenna. But as a wonderful and unexpected birthday present no one else booked this tour which made it private without paying that normal price tag. I could go on and on but i know what you are all really here for – the photos of our Lake Como boat trip:
Would you want to go on a Lake Como boat trip?