Milano – Como Lake – Bellagio – Maggiore Lake
A unique and romantic tour of the most appreciated cities in Italy. The first step will be the City of Milan, where you are going to experience and get deep inside the gay and lesbian Italian life while admiring some of the main artworks that have made this city so much appreciated by everyone. An specially designed tour in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci -one of the greatest homosexual personalities of Italy- will let you immerse in the history and into his personal life.
Continuing with the tour you will discover Lake Como and relax over its breathtaking view, a unique and suggestive place for your most romantic moments thanks to the enchanting panorama that only Lake Como can offer. The tour will end on the beautiful shores of Lake Maggiore with a romantic sunset boat trip that will make you feel like you are living your own Italian movie.
Arrive at the hotel with private transfer from the airport. Free day to relish in peace and tranquility the atmosphere of Milan. In the evening you may want to experience some typical dishes of the Milan cuisine (risotto alla milanese, risotto with saffron, polenta, typical local sausages…) and the gay life of the city, especially in its gay area around Porta Venezia and Corso Buenos Aires, in the bars as the Leccomilano, the Mono, the Rainbow, the Lelephant, and dance the night away at the dance clubs Borgo (open on sunday) and Plastic (open on saturday). Overnight stay in Milan.
Half day tour with private gay guide following in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci. Your guide is going to show you that Leonardo was secretly in love with one of his disciples, Salaì, with whom he probably had lived an anguishing love story, that Leonardo painted in the portrait of St. John the baptist, using his beloved Salaì as a model. You are going to visit the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana that conserves an important collection of the artworks of Leonardo’s disciples, among which Salaì. In the ancient Ambrosiana Library the original Leonardo’s Atlantic Code, the greatest Leonardo’s collection of drawings and notes. The tour will continue visiting the Ancient Art Museum inside the Sforza Castle, where Leonardo worked as an architect, painter and event creator; there you will find the “Sala delle Asse” painted by Leonardo in 1498 and the Art Gallery of the Castle, with splendid paintings made by Leonardo’s disciples. The last stop will be the Last Supper, the mysterious fresco Dan Brown took as the main subject of his best seller.
The tour will end with an unusual dinner in typical Leonardian clothes in Vaprio, town that hosts the last dwelling of the artist, with the recipes Leonardo wrote and prepared himself! Overnight stay.
In the morning you will meet your private guide, and departure by car from Milan towards Bellagio. Walk to the village of Bellagio, where distinctive old houses, in a beautiful landscape among the most romantic in Italy. Free lunch. In the afternoon boat trip to visit the historic gar- dens of Lake Como. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay.
Day visit of two beautiful villas, historic homes among the most beautiful in Italy: Villa Melzi and Villa Balbianello. Villa Melzi, in addition to its architectural beauty, the Villa is surrounded by beautiful gar- dens, waterways, sculptures and ancient trees, visit his “Orangery”, a sort of greenhouse in which the oranges were grown in winter and protected, now home to the archaeological museum.
Villa del Balbaniello, among the most beautiful and romantic residences of the lake, for its charm set of countless film productions, among many remember most viewed sci-fi film in movie history: Star Wars, the 007 series, Casino Royale of Martin Campbell.
Return in the early afternoon at the center of Bellagio, to savor its typical dish “Toc”, surrounded by fine wines. Afternoon free to en- joy a little ‘relaxation on the lake. Towards evening drink at the Lido di Bellagio, located between the village and the gardens of Villa Melzi, for an evening of “Movida” of Lake Como. Overnight stay in Bellagio.
Departure for Como by car with your tour guide. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Visit the city of Como, a charming town with its historic buildings and the elegant Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Gothic architecture style which gives a unique and amazing view of the Lake Como landscape. Afternoon of relax in the unique and exclusive Casta Diva Spa. Night free and overnight stay.
This morning you are going to leave the beautiful city of Como and depart towards another Italian jewel, Maggiore Lake. Private car transfer to your Hotel. Welcome coffe/drink in the Hotel and free time. In the afternoon boat ride around the Maggiore Lake to explore the important is- lands of Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Madre. In Isola Bella you will find the Borromeo Palace with its beautiful garden. Unique landscapes, like going back in time with fairy tale images, is what Isola dei Pescatori has to offer. Last but not least, Isola Madre, with the most important botanical garden where you will have the opportunity to see rare and exotic species. Return to the Hotel in the evening and night free. Overnight stay.
A relaxing day along the Maggiore Lake. Here you will enjoy the crystal clear water of the lake, the several beaches, lidos and open to public areas, on top of the private beach of your Ho- tel. In the evening at the sunset lights, boat trip in this beautiful lake for a delicious dinner with a unique landscape on the back- ground, like in a wonderful Italian poem. Overnight stay.
Transfer to the airport and departure.
*Price based on a group size minimum of 2 participants
Milan: Private transfer from the station or airport, 2 overnights in double standard room and breakfast, private gay guide, 3 hours Da Vinci tour, transfer to Vaprio and ‘Leonardian’ dinner. Private transfer to the station and airport;
Bellagio (Lago di Como): private transfer from Milan to Bellagio Hotel, welcome and check in in double comfort room, 2 overnights with breakfast, excursion Lake of Como, 2 day private gay guided visit to Bellagio and excursion in boat to visit the historical gardens of Lake Como.
Como: Transfer from Bellagio to Como with private transfer, 2 hours wellness at Casta Diva Resort 5*, 1 overnight with breakfast;
Lake Maggiore: Private transfer from Como to Lago Maggiore, 2 overnight with breakfast and excursion in boat as scheduled, dinner on the side of Lake Maggiore.
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