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What an exceptional treat for us to spend the day with Luca! From the beginning, shortly after booking, to the end of the day, where he purchased Gelato for us and walked us to the train platform, it felt as if we were being shown around the area by a friend we were visiting. Meaning, he hosted us rather than providing a tour service. He emailed right away after booking providing next step directions, did so again as the day approached, assuring we received our train boarding passes and understood directions, provided to the detail of letting us know the train doors can be tricky.
The pace felt leisurely, unhurried and while Luca taught us much about the beautiful area, there was never too much chatter. He answered questions as they arose and allowed the conversation to flow naturally as well as adding information as we drove through the country side and mountains. We covered a lot of ground in the 10 hours or so we spent with Luca and it was exceedingly pleasant and we were sorry to have to depart at the end of the day. We spent 2 weeks in Italy, on this trip and this was one of the highlights of many exceptional experiences.
Varenna was our first stop and where we departed the train. Utterly breathtaking! If we are blessed enough to vacation on Lake Como, this town would be our pick. It is small and lovely, a jewel.
Next, we visited the strategically placed Castello di Vezio, high upon the mountain overlooking Varenna with an unrivaled view of Lake Como and Varenna. It was built in the 11th and 12th centuries and shouldn't be missed when visiting this area.
We enjoyed lunch at La Romana in Traona, another, literally, picture perfect town, where we were served wonderful wine and a regional dish called Pizzicheria. A recipe I hope to replicate because the basic ingredients are few and simple, yet the dish is satisfying to the point it must be considered comfort food. The restaurant was charming, old and immaculate, owned by the 2nd generation who served us impeccably and with warmth. Again, we felt we were being hosted by friends.
We drove to Casa Vinicola Nera, one of the largest wine producers in the Valtellina wine region. We were met by the owner when we arrived and though he and his family own one of the largest wineries in the region, he greeted us warmly and there was no pretense. While we enjoyed tasting 4 different wines, he was there restocking and assuring everything was in place. This is another must visit for the region. The winery is beautiful with abundant seating both inside and outside both offering lovely views. We learned much about the wines of this region. When driving you will see the vinyard terraces lining one side of the valley only, you'll need to take the tour to find out why. The terraces are handmade over centuries, by small family owned grape producers. This must be one of the most strenuous places to harvest given the precipitous mountains. The wine produced in this region is the payoff from the hard labor invested as it is excellent!
If I were promoting this tour with Luca I would add the words VIP because that is how we felt on our visit.
Tour was fantastic!!! Luca is amazing and very knowledgeable about the area. Also had a wonderful lunch with the regions specialty. Pizzoccheri!!! Absolutely delicious. I also enjoyed the tour of an authentic wine and cheese cellar where I was able to have samples and enjoyed immensely!!
We had a wonderful time on this tour. Luca knows his region well and tailors the day to your interests. His instructions for our arrival were clear and detailed and he gave us plenty of time to enjoy our visits Lake Como and the Valtellna are beautiful and well worth exploring!
This was a great tour. Luca my guide took me to some great places and not the usual tourist spots. The family run trattoria that he took me to for lunch was a great experience.
Amazing!!! - We are a family of four and we wanted to have a special experience in beautiful Lake Como. Our tour guide was Luca and I can not say enough good things about him. He waited for us in the train station and took us around in a very comfortable car. He speaks several languages and made it easy for the whole family to understand. He was very pleasant, professional and accommodating. He even took us to a winery and wine tasting tour as well as taking us to a cheese, yogurt and butter factory. He went out of his way to ensure we had a great experience and the whole familly really apprecites the great job he did. We HIGHLY recommend him since he is very good and in the near future we plan to go back and attend another one of his tours.
Another great tour through Viator. Luca was a perfect tour guide for our small group. The tour included train from Milan to Lake Como. Beautiful views. Went to the end of Lake Como with Swiss Alps on one side Austria Alps on the other. The vineyards ran up steep mountains. We had lunch and wine tasting - Outstanding. . Fantastic day.
This tour is beyond brilliant. Our guide Luca was fantastic and showed us some beautiful areas around Lake Como and took us for wine tasting at a local festival which was a real highlight. This tour was a delight from start to finish. Nothing was too much trouble. Worth every penny and more! Please book I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.
My friends had a wonderful time on the tour! Luca was a very knowledgeable tour guide and showed the group a wonderful time. Would recommend for small groups. Thank you again!
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