The Best Lake Como Tour is Bellagio Water Taxi.
After reading the rave reviews on-line of the Bellagio Water Taxi, we scheduled a 1:30 tour. The sun finally came out and we were able to shed our coats and enjoy the boat ride on Lake Como.
Our 2 1/2 hour tour with Bellagio Water Taxi includes the roundtrip transfer and a guided tour of Villa Balbienello. This tour costs 50 Euros (cash) per person. If you went to the villa on your own, it costs 13 Euros to tour the villa and gardens.
The boat is beautiful, and in pristine condition. You can stand, but there is no kneeling or standing on the seats. Our tour had 13 people, making it pretty crowded. The boat owner, Lucca, was a very friendly and engaging host. We enjoyed the scenic views of the lake as Lucca provided commentary on what we were seeing.
I am so glad the sun finally came out, as the view of the lake was much prettier than it was this morning in the rain. The villas we passed were just gorgeous. Can you imagine being able to wake up each day and enjoy Lake Como, if you lived here.
As we approached Villa Balbaniello, the view from the water was amazing. If you come here by land, you miss this stunning view. This villa has been used as a location shoot for James Bond and Star Wars movies.
Lucca drove the boat around to the other side to drop us off where the view was even more impressive.
After dropping us off, he would return in about 1 ½ hours. As we walked up the flight of stairs, we were met by a guide who would take our group for the tour of the villa and grounds. We learned that this villa is no longer a private villa and is now owned by the FAI (Italian National Trust). Be prepared to walk, as there are numerous steps and sidewalks to get up to the villa. The views of the lake and grounds was stunning.
After we toured the villa, we had some time to explore the grounds and take plenty of pictures before Lucca returned.
Returning to the boat, Lucca drove along the other side of the lake where we viewed even more beautiful villas.
We were so glad the weather cleared in order to appreciate the spectacular scenery. This tour is a great way to enjoy the views around the lake, visit Villa Balbienello and see the stunning villas along the shores of Lake Como. The Best Lake Como Tour is with Bellagio Water Taxi. It is a day you will always remember.
Getting back to Milan was another issue. Remember when I said to listen to people when they say do not plan to much. I wish I would have listened. We had purchased return tickets on the fast ferry to Como. I thought it would be fun to see more of the lake. The fast ferry was very crowded and was constantly stopping to drop off and pick up passengers as we made our way down the lake. Because of the stops it took awhile to reach our destination. I would hate to ride the other ferry if this one was considered a fast ferry. By the time we got off the boat it was getting late and we just wanted to catch the train and get back to Milan.
After finding the train station and purchasing our tickets, it was a very a long train ride with a transfer to get back to Milan. I wish we would have taken the ferry back to Varenna and then taken the train from there back to Milan. It would have saved us time and money and we could have enjoyed Varenna instead of spending an hour on a very crowded ferry.
TIP: Return to Milan from Varenna after enjoying the day in Lake Como. It’s more of a direct route, and you will not have to transfer.