Car with driver
It’s our pleasure to offer you the highest level of services for land transportation through “Rossini Limousine Service” company whose offices and garage are located on the hotel premises. The company’s fully qualified professional drivers and fleet of cars (amongst which Mercedes E class and S class, BMW series 5 and 7) and minivans (for up to seven people) are the best in the area. Larger vehicles such as minicoaches and full sized coaches are available on request.
Duration of transfers
Excursions minimum time 4 hours
Duration approximately six hours. A visit of the western shores on Lake Como with it villas. Villa Balbianello in Lenno, built by Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini at the end of the 18th century, is on the top of the Balbianello promontory, almost opposite Bellagio. Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo has wonderful gardens and works of art inside the villa which today is a museum.
Bellagio is known as the “Pearl of the lake” thanks to its unique position on the top of a promontory in the middle of the lake. Cobbled streets, narrow alleyways, shops selling local handicrafts and the numerous bars and restaurants make it special. In Bellagio, visit the gardens of Villa Melzi and the Villa Serbelloni (property of the Rockfeller Foundation). The Villa Serbelloni gardens can only be visited on guided tours which take place twice a day (every day except Mondays) at set times.
Lugano – Switzerland
A pretty town in Swiss territory, overlooking the lake, just 30 minutes away from Villa d’Este, where you can visit the old town and enjoy shopping. Lugano is famous for jewellery, watches and chocolate. A splendid view of the city can be had from Monte Brè or from Monte San Salvatore, accessible via the funicular. Weather permitting, you can go hiking in these mountains at the foot of the Swiss Alps.
Stop at the Fox Town Shopping Mall in Mendrisio en-route.
Approximately 1 ½ hours’ drive from Villa d’Este. The most famous resort on the lake is Stresa, a picturesque village overlooking the Borromean Gulf with its beautiful group of islands. You can visit the Borromean Islands, (Isola Bella, for a visit to the Borromeo Palace, Isola Madre and Isola dei Pescatori). Villa Taranto is one of the most important botanical gardens in Italy and in the village of Pallanza, close to Stresa. The northern part of Lake Maggiore is Swiss territory and the most interesting towns are Locarno and Ascona.
Tour of the lakes
Depart form Villa d’Este, after crossing the border you will arrive at Lake Lugano thereafter arriving at the city named after the lake. The city of Lugano reflects the Mediterranean atmosphere, even being the third largest financial centre in Switzerland, it does not loose any of its character. Continuing north, the view opens up to the Alps, stretching up from Lake Maggiore. You bypass the town of Locarno, famous for the Film Festival during the month of August and Ascona, an antiquated village of fishermen, which lays within a secluded bay. Travelling down on the western side of the lake you arrive back in Italy, passing: Verbania, Pallanza where it is possible to visit the gardens of Villa Taranto. Stresa, is a picturesque village overlooking the lake, noted for its luxury villas. From Stresa on board a local ferry it is possible to reach and visit the Borromeo Islands, (on Isola Bella, you will find for visiting Palazzo Borromeo, Isola Madre and Isole dei Pescatori). After the end of the excursion it is expected to return to Villa d’Este.
Just under an hour away from the Villa d’Este. Milan is known as the industrial, financial and economic capital of Italy. The most important luxurious designer boutiques can be found in Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga. You mustn’t miss the Duomo, La Scala theatre, the Victor Emanuel Arcade, and if you book well in advance, Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper.
Is a medieval city (Bergamo Alta), surrounded by 16th century walls when the town was under Venetian domination. One and a half hour away from Villa d’Este in the direction of Venice.
Considered to be one of the most romantic spots in Italy, with its piazzetta, overlooking the Gulf of Tigullio, frequented by jet-setters. It is also a suggested stop en-route to Florence.
Food and wine tours
1. Chiuro in Valtellina, north of Lake Como
A visit of the Nino Negri wineries with wine tasting – Sassella, Inferno, Grumello and Sfursat. You can stop for lunch in one of the farms in the area.
2. Barolo in the Langhe, Piedmont area
Visit the Marchesi di Barolo wineries tasting Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera and Nebbiolo. You can have lunch either in one of the wineries or in a local restaurant. During the truffle season, taste the famous white Alba truffles.
In the rolling hills near Lake d’Iseo, you can find the vineyard “La Montina”, which belonged to Benedetto Montini, a relation of Papa Paolo VI in 1620. Renovated in 1980. The major produce is Spumante, among other things exquisite white wines from grapes of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco and red wines using the Pinot Nero grape.
*A reservation is required at least a week in advance for the above mentioned gastronomic tours.