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Lake Como Gardens & Villas

Discover paradise along the shores of Italy's Lake Como. Visit Villa Balbianello’s idyllic terraced gardens, alluring Villa Melzi in Bellagio and venture to Varenna by ferry and discover Villa Cipressi, alongside Villa Monastero. Explore one of the most famous of Lake Como's villas, Villa Carlotta.

  • Italy

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board + Three Lunches
  • Culture

    Coast & Islands

    Food & Wine

  • Sep

  • Average group size: 12-14

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Adagio Collection

The perfect blend of guided shorter walks, sightseeing trips, and quality accommodation for a more leisurely way to discover the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit Villa Balbianello’s idyllic terraced gardens.
  • Cross Lake Como to alluring Bellagio and discover Villa Melzi.
  • Savour beautiful views from the Como–Brunate funicular.
  • Venture to Varenna by ferry and discover Villa Cipressi, alongside Villa Monastero.
  • Explore one of the most famous of Lake Como's villas, Villa Carlotta.

Nestled within the heart of the Italian Alps, Lake Como boasts an iconic inverted ‘Y’ shape, sculpted over time by the graceful dance of glacial forces. The allure of this natural masterpiece is undeniable, with its steep tree-covered hills embracing the tranquil blue waters, creating a visual symphony that has captivated hearts since the era of Wordsworth.

Embrace the tranquillity of Lake Como with a leisurely walking holiday that promises unforgettable experiences. Immerse yourself in picturesque strolls, where every step unveils panoramic vistas of glistening turquoise waters against a backdrop of majestic mountains. Inhale the invigorating mountain breeze as you explore the gentle landscapes. Whether you're captivated by its natural charm or wish to gaze upon the towering peaks without breaking a sweat via the funicular railway, Lake Como is a treasure trove of serene pleasures.

Along the shores sit picture-perfect villas and alluring gardens, created with a wonderful diversity of flora. Surrounded by mountains, you will marvel at the wonders of nature.  The essentially Mediterranean climate of the lake has made it a place of retreat for the Italian rich and famous from the hot plains to the south.  You might just spot a few stars unwinding in their lakeside villas, built along the shores with superb views. You will seek out these villas and their gardens, reaching them by lake ferry or on foot through twisting lanes and ancient villages. 

As you glide over the calm waters of Lake Como, relish fresh alpine air and indulge in sweeping vistas that grace your senses. Venture forth on foot, exploring narrow streets, twisting lanes, and charming Italian villages. This is your moment to savour the experiences favoured by aristocrats for generations.

Of course, you will also indulge in delicious Italian dishes throughout your stay. Take your pick of sublime local restaurants and eateries, for a truly authentic cookery experience. A traditional aperitivo is also a must-try for any cocktail lover. From crisp martinis to colourful Campari spritz, you can unwind with a delectable drink before dinner. Italian food is known worldwide and there will be an abundance of it for you to enjoy here.

  • Return flights from London to Milan Malpensa.
  • Airport transfers.
  • En suite three star hotel accommodation on a half board basis plus three lunches.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/train/taxi.
  • All entrances as noted in the itinerary, including entry to Villa Carlotta, Villa Melzi, Villa Balbionello and Villa Cipressi.
  • All local tips.
  • Services of an Adagio Tour Leader.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

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Tour Codes

51780

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Lake Como

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Fly to Milan and drive north along the eastern coast of Lake Como, arriving at the charming village of Olgiasca. After checking in, you'll have the opportunity to leisurely explore the surrounding locale before indulging in a delightful dinner in your charming hotel. 

Transfer Time = 1 hour 45 minutes

Day 2

Olgiasca and Colico

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

The itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

  • Time

    1-2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

Start your holiday with a short walk along the peninsula to visit the abbey of Santa Maria. View the cloisters and maybe sample the wares sold by the Cistercian monks. 

Later, explore captivating Colico, a picturesque town perched gracefully along the shores of Lake Como. Gazing upon this idyllic setting, you'll be greeted by the majestic Mount Legnone (2609m), Lake Como's loftiest peak, providing an awe-inspiring backdrop. Colico, renowned for its vibrant blend of windsurfing, sun-kissed beaches, charming cafes, rich history, and delectable restaurants, awaits your exploration.

Keep an eye out for the enchanting Crotti establishments, nestled within the mountain's caverns, offering a unique dining experience. Wander through the town's vibrant tapestry of colours.

Enjoy lunch at the waterfront by the harbour before continuing your exploration of the town, or for those seeking a touch of history, there is an an optional and gentle uphill walk, leading to the Fort of Montecchio Nord. Here, you can delve into the local history of the First World War, exploring these formidable defences while enjoying panoramic vistas across the lake to Gravedona and the mountains beyond.

Embark on this enchanting journey of discovery, as Colico unfolds its treasures against the breathtaking backdrop of Lake Como and the majestic Mount Legnone.

Day 3

Tremezzo & Villa Carlotta

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    40m

Head for the ferry pier in Colico and take the 'slow ferry' down the lake, alighting at Tremezzo. Take a walk along the tranquil lakeside to the fascinating Villa Carlotta, perhaps the most famous of Lake Como’s many villas, built in 1690 and home to various wealthy patrons over the years. 

The villa's charm extends to its museum, where an array of art awaits. These precious paintings and sculptures were acquired by Giovanni Battista Sommariva, while the personal possessions of Princess Carlotta, who received the villa as a wedding gift, offer an intimate glimpse into history.

Venturing through the villa's corridors, you'll be enchanted by its gardens, each a world of its own. Meander through the Romantic Garden, where roses and azaleas bloom in harmonious splendour. Traverse the luminous citrus tunnels that beckon you forth, leading to a symphony of fountains and tropical flora in the Italian garden.

As you traverse these meticulously curated landscapes, the echoes of time intertwine with the vibrant present. Villa Carlotta stands not only as a monument of architectural prowess but as a testament to the stories that have graced its halls and gardens. Experience this living legacy first hand, where history and beauty converge in an enchanting embrace.

Lunch will be taken in the converted glasshouses at the far end of the lower terraces.

Day 4

Bellagio & Villa Melzi

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    3-4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    80m

Prepare to indulge in a day brimming with horticultural marvels. Your day starts with a train ride along the lakeside to Varenna and a swift transfer to the mid lake ferry. Your journey unfolds as you traverse the lake to Bellagio, a destination of timeless charm. Here, you'll visit the captivating Villa Melzi, a true testament to elegance and opulence, conceived in the early 19th century as a haven for Francesco Melzi d’Eril. Notably, the villa's poetic gardens, resplendent in what you may recognise as an English-style design.

If time permits, you can enjoy a short detour to view the picturesque former fishing village of Pescallo. 

As the day progresses, a delectable Mediterranean feast awaits us in the heart of Bellagio. Time to explore the town's charming streets and enchanting atmosphere, finding somewhere interesting for lunch at one of the many restaurants and cafes hiding in the narrow streets. savour this delightful culinary experience. With appetites appeased, ample time unfurls before us, offering an opportunity to immerse yourself in the town's treasures. Roam its streets, discover its hidden corners.

Take another ferry to cross the lake to Menaggio where transport awaits you to whist you back to your hotel along the equally picturesque western shore of the lake. 

Day 5

Lenno & Villa Balbianello

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    60m

Transport takes you south to Colonno for a leisurely stroll along the Greenway, an ancient narrow and twisting cobbled road slightly above the lake. Pass through tiny villages with spectacular lakeside views.

On reaching the village of Lenno, enjoy lunch at one of the many lakeside restaurants. 

Later, you can either walk or take a small speedboat to the imposing Villa Balbianello. This 18th-century mansion, a creation of Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini in 1787, sits at the end of a small promontory jutting out into the centre of the lake and it awaits your exploration. First impressions will be of meticulously manicured terraced gardens, quite different to any you may have already visited. 

Inside the villa itself, there is a treasure trove of artefacts and collections relating to the former owner, with tales of adventure and exploration with the hint of mystery and hidden passages. A truly fascinating experience. Immerse yourself in its storied past as you step inside this remarkable dwelling, where the echoes of history resonate through its halls. 

Notably, because of its unique position on the lake, Villa Balbianello boasts a cinematic legacy, having served as a backdrop for an array of iconic films, including A Month by the Lake, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Casino Royale. As you stand amidst this timeless setting, a sense of familiarity may wash over you, connecting you to the magic of the silver screen.

You can imagine the stars of the silver screen dashing around the grounds as you take the small ferry boat around the promontory and back to Lenno for the return transfer to your hotell. 

Day 6

Varenna, Villa Cipressi & Villa Monastero

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    3-4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    40m

A train takes you to Varenna, a traditional picturesque village located on the eastern shore of Lake Como. Varenna is a charming village and a much quieter destination compared to the larger well known neighbouring towns along the lake. The streets are filled with colourful buildings and old fisherman houses. Walk along its pretty waterfront and small stone beaches decorating its shores, as you head towards the gardens. 

Visit the fairytale gardens of Villa Cipressi, a terraced garden poised on the edge of the lake and home to plant species rarely found in northern Italy because of Lake Como's local climatic conditions! Next door, explore Villa Monastero, home to a large botanical garden with rare flora species from all over the world because of the mild climate, meaning a garden full of colourful blooms all year round.  

After finding a delicious lunch in pretty Varenna, discover the hidden delights in the narrow streets of the town. The adventurous might wish to ascend to the Castello di Vezio if feeling particularly invigorated by the mountain air.

Return to the hotel by train. 

Day 7

Como

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    3-4 miles

Take a leisurely journey to the charming city of Como, a place steeped in history, surrounded by ancient walls that echo with tales of centuries past. Here, the adventure of discovery awaits as you meander through its captivating streets, each one a pathway to the past. The city centre is compact and flat, and major attractions and the lakefront are within walking distance from the drop off point. 

Como's medieval walls enclose charming alleys and squares that are home to traditional restaurants, markets selling local produce and the impressive houses of worship such as Como cathedral. Visit the temple of Alessandro Volta on the lakefront area, and the large park surround the neoclassical Villa Olmo. 

Prepare to be enchanted by the fusion of history and modern charm that defines Como. It's a town that gracefully carries its past into the present, offering a glimpse into the lives of the renowned and the echoes of eras long gone. 

To elevate your experience further, the scenic funicular ride to Brunate unveils a panoramic vista that's nothing short of breathtaking. As the ascending railway transports you to new heights, the vista that unfolds before you offers a mesmerizing tapestry of the town and its surroundings.

Como's fame extends beyond its historical significance, for it is a haven that has attracted the attention of the rich and famous. Notably, George Clooney, a name recognised the world over, has chosen to make Como his residence, casting a spotlight on the town's allure. As you traverse its streets, the prospect of celebrity encounters adds an element of excitement, making every stroll a potential opportunity for the avid celebrity spotter.

Take the fast ferry down the entire length from Como to Colico, another special experience for you in the 'rapido hydrofoil'. 


Day 8

Departure

Meals

Breakfast

It is time to say goodbye but a return adventure here will be at the top of your list! Transfer back to Milan Airport for your return flight back to the UK. 

Departure dates for your selected tour

22nd Sep 2024 - 29th Sep 2024 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

Fly from London to Milan Malpensa Airport and return

Continue by private coach to Olgiasca on the eastern side of Lake Como.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Conca Azzurra

Olgiasca is a pretty and petite village located on the edge of the north eastern shore of Lake Como. It is a very quiet village decorated with pebbled paths and vibrant tropical gardens. The Abbey of S. Maria di Piona is nestled on the hills of Olgiasca, beneath the grandeur of Mount Legnone, this abbey stands as a testament to centuries of history. A short journey away is the larger town of Colico, where you will find more restaurants, shops, and banks.

The three star Hotel Conca Azzurra is located in Olgiasca, with superb views of Lake Como and the mountains. It is a simple and small hotel with a traditional Italian charm. Relax on the terrace or in its colourful garden area. There is a bar and a small restaurant.

We stay in simple traditional twin and double bedded rooms. Single rooms are usually double rooms for sole use. Each room is unique and decorated differently, so no rooms are the same. Facilities include:

  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Free WIFI
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer 

Please note that there are no tea/coffee making facilities in the hotel rooms.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known, highlights together with relaxed enjoyment of local food and wines is what we have in mind. 

There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with winery visits, guided tours, boat trips, cafe stops and traditional restaurants. 

This Grade 2 holiday includes a busy sightseeing programme with longer days than some Adagio holidays. Some of the walks on this holiday include steep paths, ascents and descents on steps and cobbled paths. Although some of these ascents and descents are steep, they are also short. Walks are between 2-5 miles, with up to 80m ascent and descent. The maximum altitude on this holiday is 435m.

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Flowers & Gardens

We believe that the best flower holidays are the ones where you not only get to see a dazzling variety of blooms in their natural environments – but also where your travelling companions share the same passion for the natural world as you do. For those with an interest in parks and gardens this range of holidays will lead you to those destinations which either are synonymous with flora, famous for their national parks or boast stunning private and public gardens. On some days we walk with a local guide or have a guided garden visit which can enhance the experience. Spring and early summer are ideal times to enjoy blooming landscapes. A flower holiday with us follows an unhurried pace allowing plenty of time for your photographs. During your week in Lake Como, we’ll visit Villa Balbianello’s idyllic terraced gardens, alluring Villa Melzi in Bellagio and venture to Varenna by ferry and discover Villa Cipressi, alongside Villa Monastero. Explore one of the most famous of Lake Como's villas, Villa Carlotta.

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity program for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Currency in Italy

The currency in Italy is the Euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Your Group

Your Leader

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations. Your tour leader takes care of all the local, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

Visiting historical sites, churches or museums are much more rewarding with a local guide. They give an insight to the local culture, language and traditions and can bring a destination alive. Many of our Adagio holidays include a knowledgeable English speaking guide on at least one of the days. Please refer to your daily itinerary to see where a guide is included.

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

Fly from London to Milan Malpensa Airport and return. Sometimes flights may be to and from Linate. Please be aware that there may be a wait at the airport as the transfers for all flights are combined on arrival and departure.  

Continue by private coach to Olgiasca on the eastern side of Lake Como. The transfer time is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

If you intend joining and leaving the party at the hotel, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at the hotel. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel (and vv) are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.

Luggage Allowance & Tickets

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passport Information

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements. 

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfast and dinners are included in the holiday cost. A small continental buffet is taken at the hotel restaurant. A three course dinner are taken in the hotel restaurant. Italian dishes are usually created using locally sourced fresh ingredients.

In Italy, traditional meals may include primo, il secondo, and dolce, depending on the individual restaurant. Primo can be served as an appetiser and usually consists of rich pasta, soup or risotto. The main course is called il secondo and usually includes meat, fish or vegetarian. The dolce refers to the dessert and ends a traditional Italian meal. 

Light lunches are also included on three days in local restaurants and cafes, your leader will provide more information during the holiday. Remaining lunches are not included and can be taken in local cafes, restaurants or as a picnic brought from a local cafe or supermarket.  

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

We recommend you bring the following items with you:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes! 
  • A sunhat, fleece and gloves… to cover all eventualities. 
  • Sun cream. The sun can be strong in Italy.
  • A water bottle. Just in case we can’t get to the local café. 
  • A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required. 
  • A simple basic first aid kit. 
  • A daypack to hold all the above. 
  • Sensible footwear as some paths we walk are stony. 
  • Insect repellant.

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Italy

Electricity in Italy is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found Power Plugs Sockets.

Maps & Guidebooks

Ideal Maps & Guidebooks

Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information. Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holiday destinations. You may find the below websites, books and programmes useful. 

Maps of the areas we visit (1:200 000 scale) are available locally and at specialist map shops in the UK. 

The Rough Guide to Italy has some useful insights into the area and sites we will be seeing and lots of other in-depth information about the country.

Lonely Planet The Italian Lakes Guide by Lonely Planet

Italian Gardens of Lake Como by Lucia Impelluso and Dario Fusaro

Walking Lake Como and Maggiore by Gillian Price

Discover Como includes more useful information on the areas we will be visiting. 

Gino's Italian Escape: Hidden Italy: Lombardia - Gino continues his culinary adventure in the region of Lake Como

Rick Steves' Europe - Milan and Lake Como - Although now dated, this see's all the greatest sites of the area

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Health Advice for Italy

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Italy.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

GHIC / EHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Height

It is important to ensure while purchasing insurance that you are insured for guided walking upto 1000m.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. 

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

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Italy

  • Capital

    Rome

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Italian

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • February

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • March

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 63mm

  • April

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • July

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 35mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 48mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

  • October

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • November

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 96mm

  • December

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 82mm

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