All the Planning Details for Lake Como

This is a follow up post on Lake Como in reference to Visiting Villas in Lake Como – this post is about all the details involved with transportation and villa locations mentioned on that page.

TRANSPORTATION TO VILLA DEL BALBIANELLO:

The boat ride to Villa del Balbianello

The taxi boat to Villa del Balbianello

Take the ferry to Lenno. From Lenno you can either walk (around 20 minutes – it is a dirt road so wear sensible shoes) or take a taxi boat (an extra fee). The Villa closes for special events, so make sure to check with the tourist office or your hotel before you head out to make sure it is still open. For more information on the villa, check out their website.

TRANSPORTATION TO VILLA MONASTERO:

MonasteroTake the ferry to Varenna. It’s approximately a 15-20 minute walk to the entrance of the villa. The address for the entrance is: Viale Giovanni Polvani, 4, 23829 Varenna LC. The walk from the entrance to the actual villa is a bit of a (gorgeous) walk past the entrance. For more information on the villa, check out their website.

TRANSPORTATION TO LAKE COMO:

Getting to Lake Como takes a bit of time, but it is definitely worth it!

You have three transportation options from Milan Malpensa Airport to Lake Como:

  1. Take the Trenord train from the airport to Como Nord Lago (1 hour 15 minutes). From the Nord Lago station, you can walk to the ferry pier. As of now, you cannot buy tickets online. You will have to buy your ticket at the Trenord ticket counter at Terminal 1.
  2. Take the Malpensa Express from the airport to Milan Centrale train station (leaves every half hour, takes 45 minutes). At Centrale, take the train to Como Nord Lago. Click here to check times and tickets. From Como Nord Lago, it’s a short walk to the ferry pier.
  3. Take the Malpensa Express from the airport to Milan Centrale train station (leaves every half hour, takes 45 minutes). At Centrale, take the train to Como S. Giovanni. Click here to check times and tickets. From Como S. Giovanni, switch to a bus towards your city. Bus schedules can be found here.

Once in the city of Como, you can take the ferry or a bus to the city you are staying in. (I love the ferry because it gives you a scenic trip into your town.) The time spent on the ferry ranges depending on which city you stay in (the trip from Como to Bellagio is 2 hours). For the ferry schedule, click here. To look up timetables here.

**Before boarding trains in Italy, you must validate your ticket. You will see little machines (most likely on the platform) that stamp the date and time on your ticket.**

*Check on all train/ferry/bus times before planning your trip. Some routes close early in the evening.*

Stunning Views from the Ferry!

Stunning Views from the Ferry!

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3 thoughts on “All the Planning Details for Lake Como

  1. angela says:

    Hi there, does the villa close every monday & wednesday?
    Im going there on 23rd august.
    Could we just visit the villa and garden then take pictures?
    no need to stay? thanks

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