Village Life in the Italian Lake District
May 17–25, 2014
Participate in the traditions and daily rhythms of life in Cernobbio, Como, Varenna, Bellagio, and Stresa. Enjoy private cruises on villa-dotted Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, both of which have inspired artists of all disciplines for centuries. Explore the artistic and architectural treasures left by Roman patricians, medieval lords, and Renaissance princes, including the sublime Villa del Balbianello and the enchanting Borromean Islands. By special arrangement, local residents will offer personal perspectives of the area's modern life and cultural heritage, and opportunities to cook—and taste—Lombardy's acclaimed cuisine abound.
Study Leader Information
Giuseppina Lucini was raised in Como, Italy, where she still lives today. Her family has resided here for generations. Giuseppina earned her B.A. in Classical Literature at Liceo A. Volta in Como, as well as an M.A. in Medieval History from Università degli Studi in Milan. Her active interest in art and history as well as her fl uency in English, Italian, and French complement her open and enthusiastic attitude with travelers.
DEPART FROM THE U.S.
MILAN, ITALY/CERNOBBIO, LAKE COMO; Check into HOTEL REGINA OLGA
LAKE COMO/VARENNA/BELLAGIO; Scenic private cruise on Lake Como;Private tour of Villa del Balbianello;Leisure time in Bellagio and Varenna
COMO/CERNOBBIO;Walking tour of “Old” Como; CULTURAL ENRICHMENT:Lecture by Como scholar; Cernobbio VILLAGE FORUM™
CERNOBBIO/COMO; Opportunity to visit Cernobbio’s morning market
LAKE MAGGIORE/STRESA/ISOLA BELLA; Private cruise around the Borromean Islands; Tour of the magnificent palace and gardens on Isola Bella; Free time in Stresa
CERNOBBIO/LUGANO, SWITZERLAND: Day at leisure in Cernobbio; LUGANO CULTURAL ENRICHMENT OPTION: Funicular ride to the peak of Monte Brè; Visit Santa Maria degliAngioli Church
CERNOBBIO/COMO; Day at leisure; Opportunity to mingle with locals at Como’s fascinating markets
CERNOBBIO/MILAN; RETURN TO THE U.S.
Please email National Trust Tours for questions about this program. Be sure to include your mailing address if you are requesting a paper copy of the brochure for this program.