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The art of sailing in lake Como

A sublime nautical itinerary exploring the most famous villas of the lake, with iconographic Italian classic speedboats. 

The noble aesthetics of lake Como, find ideal compendium of villas, gardens and historical motorboats to create a nautical itinerary of rare and sophisticated elegance. Sailing the night blue waters of the basin on board a classic spingarda, lucia or lancia (typical boats from Como atelier shipyards) is surely an unmissable experiences and with charming nautical solutions for very budget, guests con revel in the architectural, botanical and naturistic marvels of this stunning geographic area between Como and the central Alps. 

By opting for a vintage Deste motorboat from the seventies, private visits to the magnificent residences belonging to Grandi Giardini d'Italia collection are delivered at affordable figures (for the venue, that is) but for those wanting to return home with iconographical memories, nothing can match the stylistical narrative of a cruising the lake on a Riva model such as Super Aquarama, Dorama or Alma. Together with selected Yacht Clubs, The Drivers Club offers travellers a curated selection of Riva models complemented by unique private visits.

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Sailing while relaxing on the immediately recognisable turquoise cushions on the speedboats from Sarnico, adds value to the experience because the timeless harmony of design, is in some way comparable to the Grande Bellezza of period mansion and blooming parks blooming. At departure, as the landscape juxtaposes dramaturgy with a sense of mellowness, the gentle rolling will enhance a day dream trip from Cernobbio to Grand Hotel Tremezzo (or vice versa). Stops include the borghi of Moltrasio, Laglio, Torno, as well as Comacina island, Lavedo peninsula and of course Bellagio.

Each destinations is an invaluable treasure chest dedicated to the art of bon vivre and this is especially true at Villa Le Fontanelle (former home of Gianni Versace), Clooney’s Villa Oleandra by George Clooney and other examples of decadent grandeure that can be admired on a Riva Aquarama. During a two hours experience, travelers will also get up close and personal with XVII century majestic Villa Pliniana, spectacular Villa del Balbianello featured in James Bond films and Villa Melzi d'Eril just off Bellagio. Secluded fishing villages are also on our nautical map together with gourmet pauses in traditional restaurants or glamorous yacht clubs. To view our tours on Lake Como, please consult the Experiences section on the website or write an email to requesting information on lake Como Riva cruises and travel packages.

Matteo Morichini

My childhood memories are of arts, literature and visits of far away lands and now, I love writing about tourism, travel&motoring experiences as well as gastronomic cultures. Following the Degree in History & Politics and the Masters in International Relations at London School of Economics, I start my journalist career in 2004. Since then, I made it a point to visit all of the seven continents, while daily enhancing my passion and curiosity towards cuisine, charming hospitality and millenial traditions from the beautiful Italian territory


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