Beautiful Bellagio

Discover the captivating beauty of Lake Como, Italy, and the chic and illustrious town of Bellagio. Positioned at the apex of Lake Como’s inverted “Y” shape, Bellagio offers breathtaking views, sophistication, and charm.

Enjoy culinary experiences as well as fabulous tours of the area during this special 5-night itinerary.

Bellagio Italy Cooking Tour

Your Lake Como culinary tour includes two fabulous culinary experiences as well as tours to the amazing Lugano and to Lake Maggiore, where you will visit the stunning Borromean Islands.


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.
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

Day Two

  • After breakfast, join Chef Luigi for an exciting shared culinary class. 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 private full day excursion to nearby Lugano, also known as the “Monte Carlo of Switzerland” (about 90 minutes away). 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 private full-day excursion to Lake Maggiore (about 2 1/2 hours away). 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.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Day Six

  • Breakfast and transfer to Milan Malpensa airport or city center

Trip Details

Included in the 5-Night Trip


5 nights accommodations in prestige lake view room at 3* hotel

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches

Classes & Instructors

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.


  • Private full-day excursion to Lugano in Switzerland (please inquire if you would like to substitute St. Moritz)
  • Truffle and mushroom activity with Chef Luigi
  • Private full-day excursion to Lake Maggiore with its beautiful islands, private guide and ferry tickets included

Transfer Details

  • Private round trip transfers included from/to Milan airport or city


  • Round-trip ferry tickets for the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore

Not Included

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

Accommodation Information

This lake-front 3* hotel offers a relaxed, art deco style and easy access to the ferry, which is directly in front. 
The elegant prestige rooms are on average 25 meters square and offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars, as well as lake views and a small balcony. 



Pricing & Tour Dates

Custom Week Pricing:

5-night Program

US$4020 per person based on double occupancy

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.

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

    Tour Dates

    Itinerary proposed for 6 people in 3 double rooms October 1-6.


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