Specialist Tours and Tourist Services

For tourist and alpine guides, go to Tour Guides.

The inLombardia regional tourist board has a website that gives a lot of general information on the range of sporting and outdoor activities available on and around Lake Como. Follow this link to access the site.

Many of the companies or individuals included in these ‘Community’ pages would be more than willing to customise a tour for you whether by boat, plane, helicopter, bicycle etc. However this sub heading is for those that offer a specialist activity.

General Services

Bag And Go (Bag Deposit Service)

bagandgoIf at the end of your stay on the lake,  you have time  to kill before starting your homeward journey, why not use Bag and Go. Here you can deposit your bags in the middle of Como’s historic centre and thus be free to explore the town unhindered. On your return to the bag deposit you can even freshen up with a shower and use of their lounge. They describe themselves on their website as follows:

Bag&Go Lake Como was established in 2012 with one mission: to found the first high quality luggage store in Lake Como area. Our passion for excellence is what inspired us in the beginning and it continues to drive us today. People come back to Bag&Go Lake Como because they know that thanks to our efforts they can enjoy the city whitout weights and worries. Stop by to see for yourself!

Address: Via Giuseppe Rovelli 4, Como

Tel: +39 031 226 0983

Bookings via WhatsApp: +39 349 112 1135

Cicero Experience

cicero experienceWith the gnomic aphorism ‘People are Journeys’ Cicero Experience advertise a different way of promoting tourist services.  In their own words:

Cicero explores a new way of travelling – people-driven journeys – based on the idea that people and their stories can add extraordinary value to our constant desire to go.

We see each story as a precious universal tool that involves and helps to understand the past, decipher the present, inspire the future.

So Cicero’s dream of putting people at the center as a source of narrative.
People with the power to turn our simple “going” into an unforgettable journey.

What this amounts to is a series of people-led activities such as sailing, gliding, wine tasting or cookery as well as more traditional tourist guides. They offer services across central and Northern Italy but since they are based in Lecco, I assume their Lake Como offer is the most complete. Check out their website from where you may also contact them.

Como Concierge Service

comoconciergeThose staying in one of the lakes grand hotels will have access to knowledgeable, service-minded hotel staff to advise them and organise a full range of activities. Those staying in smaller establishmnets will of course have the benefit of their hosts’ hospitality but can also refer to Como Concierge Services for further information and, of course, the service to accompany it.  Their website describes their service as:

We specialise in offering once in a lifetime experiences that will create lasting memories. Our services are not prescriptive, and we pride ourselves on meeting your individual needs. No request is too big or too small. Please get in touch and we will be happy to help.

And again:

We offer a range of concierge services, which include, but are not limited to: Boat/Cycle Hire, Restaurant Booking, Welcome Hampers, Guided Tours, Food and Wine Experiences – and many more! Contact us, we are here to help.

They are multi lingual and based in Argegno but have contacts across the length of the lake. They can be contacted on +39 380 492 4206 or by email to lindsey@comoconciergeservice.com

Art Holidays

Italy Como Lakes Art Holiday

watercolourWhy not be like Winston Churchill who, as soon as the war ended, came to sketch and paint water colours on Lake Como!

Here are the contact details lifted from their website:

Feel free to send me a message.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Please  do check all your email boxes in case your provider has blocked replies from ciao@italycomolakesartholiday.com

Italy Como Lakes Art Holiday

Villa Isella . via Cadreglio 959. Carlazzo. Como. 22010. LOMBARDIA. ITALIA.

0044 (0) 7583 583 926

Culinary Tours

Lake Como Food Tours

lake como food tours

This company is run by two women with the admirable objective of seeking to introduce visitors to the less well-known restaurants or eating places.

This is from their website: ‘The original Elena and the rational Laura teamed together to start this new business, a new style of travel experience: showing visitors the wonderful place they were living in and offering an alternative way to familiarise with the town through an off the beaten path food and cultural experience – a series of tours revealing Lecco’s hidden gems.

Elena and Laura believe that eating and cooking one’s way through a country is one of the best ways to understand and enjoy a culture. The raw ingredients, finished dishes, smells, tastes and traditions all combine into unforgettable sensory experiences.

Their mission is to continually seek out and share food and cultural discoveries with locals and visitors. They are passionate about food and are experts at making people feel at home in each neighbourhood they explore. They seek out small, hidden shops and restaurants that are frequented by the locals in each of the places they tour.

Refer to their website for details of tours, prices and contact information.

Lake Hub – Food, Events, and Experiences

Do you want to have aperitifs on a boat or arrange a picnic with quality food at a destination of your choice? Maybe you have need of other concierge services. Lake Hub, based in Lecco and Varenna but with scope across the lake, may be able to organise what you want. They can be contacted on  +39 339 117 8514 or by email at info@lake-hub.com. Their website gives greater detail of services but, strangely enough for such a specialised affluent market, the site is in Italian only.

Cycling tours

If you fancy organising a cycling tour holiday on Lake Como taking in some of the most challenging hill climbs on offer in Lombardy, contact JS Travel either via their website or by email on info@js-travel.net or +39 380 433 88 09.

If instead you wish to have a day or two out cycling with a guide, go to our Cycling page under Recreation for info on guides.

If you just want to hire a bike for an hour or a day, go to Bike and Scooter Hire.

Hot Air Balloon Tours

balloon tour

Balloon Tour offer panoramic tours over Como and Brianza. Their slogan is ‘Explore Your Limits – We are adventure!’ They are fully licensed and insured to offer these flights which last for about one hour. For Como, the flights originate from the Tempio Voltiano. Visit their websitefor further details and to make on-line books. They can also be contacted on *39 02 871 78730 or info@balloontour.it. Their office is open from 09.00-18.00 Monday to Friday and from 09.00-12.30 on Saturday.

Vintage Car Hire

If touring Lake Como in an open-top Alfa Spider (or similar) interests you, check out one of these vintage car hire services:

Sprintage Class Car Touring 

Or in Varenna, call +393292192560 or contact ghidelli.ghidelli@gmail.com

Wedding Planners and Locations

There are so many wedding planners that all I can do is list those who have come to my attention with contact information and leave you to research from that point on:

  1. Luxury Italian Locations – an agency for renting exotic locations for filming, seminars etc and also for wedding venues.
  2. I do in Lake Como – a wedding planner based in Varenna.
  3. Villa Revel and Villa Parravicini Sossnovsky – one villa in the countryside towards Erba and the other on the lakefront in Como.