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Overview

Bellagio Food Tours on the Lake Como

View of Menaggio, one of your homes during your Italy lakes cooking vacationNestled amidst the captivating beauty of Lake Como, Italy, Bellagio stands out as a chic and illustrious destination. Home to real-life luminaries like George Clooney and fictional icons like James Bond in “Casino Royale,” this town exudes charm and sophistication. Positioned at the apex of Lake Como’s inverted “Y” shape, Bellagio offers breathtaking views that encompass all three branches of the lake. Immerse yourself in the allure of this enchanting town and enhance your experience with Bellagio cooking vacations, indulging in the art of Italian cuisine. 

A visit to Lugano in nearby Switzerland and Lake Maggiore further enriches your stay, providing more breathtaking landscapes and culinary treasures. You will explore culinary wonders through captivating Lake Como culinary tours, savoring the gastronomic delights while basking in the stunning vistas of Bellagio and its neighboring regions.





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We gave this trip 5 stars
Lisa & Karen
MA
Trip taken September 2019
(This traveler left a starred review with no comments.)

Trip Details of Bellagio Italy Cooking Tour

Your Lake Como culinary tour includes two exceptional experiences. Begin with a hands-on cooking class led by award-winning Chef Luigi, who worked at Villa D’Este and won 40 gold medals in international culinary competitions. Located minutes from Bellagio’s city center, his restaurant serves as the perfect setting. Then, embark on a truffle and mushroom hunt, followed by a tasting demonstration. Join Chef Luigi as you explore the forests near Bellagio, discovering these prized delicacies. Return to the restaurant, where he expertly crafts a tantalizing menu. With his passion for local cuisine and ingredients, Chef Luigi shares the joy of Italian food with you, creating an unforgettable culinary journey in Lake Como.

Itinerary

Comfort lake view room at the Hotel Belvedere in Bellagio.Read on to discover the remarkable experiences that await you during this unforgettable 5-night (6 days) food tour to Bellagio, Italy.

Day One

  • Upon arrival at Milan MXP airport (or Milan city center) you will be greeted by our English-speaking driver for a private transfer to Bellagio.
  • Check in to your hotel in Bellagio.
  • Welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant and overnight.

Day Two

  • After breakfast, join Chef Luigi for an exciting day of culinary classes. Gather in the hotel lobby at 10 am, where Chef Luigi will greet you and arrange your transfer to his family-owned restaurant. Once at the restaurant, relax for a moment with a cup of coffee or cappuccino and then explore the herb garden behind the restaurant. The hands-on cooking lesson begins at 10:30 a.m. and focuses on creating homemade “pasta fresca,” packed with fresh ingredients, as well as risotto, tagliatelle, gnocchi, and dessert. After the class enjoy your lunch on the terrace (weather permitting).
  • Around 2:30 pm the Chef will take you back to your hotel.
  • This afternoon enjoy a stroll around Bellagio on your own, and learn about this so-called “Pearl of the lake.” You might visit the breathtaking Villa Melzi and its gardens, or just sit on the terrace and enjoy a spritz cocktail.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Visiting Lugano in Switzerland. Day Three

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Around 10.00 am meet your English-speaking driving guide and enjoy a full day excursion to nearby Lugano, also known as the “Monte Carlo of Switzerland.” Stroll through the pedestrian streets and into the lush gardens of Ciani Park, and make your way down to the lakefront for wonderful views of the mountains that frame the city.
  • If you wish in the afternoon you can shop at Fox Town, a favorite destination for shoppers thanks to its incredible deals.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Truffle ravioli on a culinary tour of Italy

Day Four

  • Breakfast, then meet Chef Luigi at 10 am in the hotel lobby for a special day with Chef Luigi! Drive to the private wood of his estate for truffle and mushroom hunting, with lunch to follow in his restaurant to taste some typical recipes using these special ingredients.
  • Return to your hotel after lunch.
  • This afternoon, enjoy some free time. We suggest you take the local ferry to the town of Como to explore on your own, or just enjoy the afternoon in Bellagio.
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

Isola dei Pescatori, fisherman island in Maggiore lake, Borromean IslandsDay Five

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Around 8.00 am meet your English-speaking driving guide and enjoy a full-day excursion to Lake Maggiore. Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy in the Lombardy region, internationally famous for its amazing landscapes, its mild climate and its small villages with beautiful gardens. The greatest attractions of this lake are, without a doubt, the three gorgeous Borromean Islands: the “Isola Bella” (Beautiful Island) with the noble Borromeo Palace and its Italian gardens; the “Isola Madre” (Mother Island), known for its verdant vegetation, rare plants, and exotic flowers; and the “Isola dei Pescatori” (Fishermen’s Island), which has a very picturesque village.
  • You will arrive in Stresa around 10:30, when you will meet your private guide and board the local ferry. Your guide will introduce you to the Borromeo Palace and its Italian gardens, as well as the Isola Bella, Isola Madre, and Isola dei Pescatori. Entrance tickets are included, while lunch is on your own. (Your guide can make suggestions.)
  • Meet your driver at 3:00pm and return to Bellagio. Time to rest.
  • Farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant.
  • Overnight.

Day Six

  • Breakfast and transfer to Milan Malpensa airport.

The Details of Lake Como Food Tours

Included in Our 5-Night Bellagio Culinary Vacations

Accommodations

5 nights accommodations in double comfort lake view room

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • Wine with all included meals

Classes & Instructors

Experience the essence of Lake Como with our Bellagio culinary tour. Enjoy two unique cooking experiences: a hands-on class and a truffle and mushroom-tasting demo. Led by Chef Luigi, an award-winning local chef with a rich background at Villa D’Este and numerous gold medals in culinary competitions. Discover the passion for local cuisine and the ingredients through his expert guidance.

Excursions

  • Full-day excursion to Lugano (or St. Moritz) in Switzerland
  • Truffle and mushroom activity with Chef Luigi
  • Full-day excursion to Lake Maggiore with its beautiful islands, private guide and ferry tickets included

Transfer Details

  • Round trip transfers from/to Milan MXP aiport or city center

Miscellaneous

  • Round-trip ferry tickets to Stresa-Isola Bella-Isola Madre-Stresa

Not Included

  • Local city tourist tax (a few Euros per person per night), paid locally
  • Gratuities
  • Meals not specified

Accommodation Information

The beautiful Belvedere is a 4* hotel in Bellagio.  It has been family owned and operated since its inception in the 19th century, and currently has three generations of women there to welcome you. It features chic, bright rooms, including some with lake views, a posh restaurant with a terrace, plus a bar and spa. There is also an outdoor pool and hot tub.

Upgrades to a 5* property are also possible, priced on request.

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Pricing & Tour Dates of Bellagio Italy Food Tour

Find pricing and dates for our Bellagio Italy food tours below, and contact us for availability or to book your trip.



Lake Como Food Tour 2024 Sample* Pricing:

5-night Program

US$5270 per person based on double occupancy

    *Price varies by specific dates booked and number of people in your party, please inquire.

    Upgrade to 5* hotel also possible, please inquire for pricing and availability.

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.

    Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!


    The Dates of Bellagio Culinary Vacations

    Our Bellagio cooking vacation is generally available each week for a minimum of 2 people.

    2023 – 2024
    Please inquire with specific dates to confirm availability. 

    Reviews

    We gave this trip 5 stars
    Lisa & Karen
    MA
    Trip taken September 2019
    (This traveler left a starred review with no comments.)

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