Specialist Tours and Tourist Services

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.

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.

Hiking Tours

Hiking Como Lake

Hiking Como LakeThis group of four local certified hiking and alpine guides offer group or personal tailor-made tours of the mountains surrounding the lake. View their website for more information or call +39 339 866 9117

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.