High on the list of the most captivating destinations in the world is northern Italy’s fabled Lake District. Its unique, extraordinary landscape of glacial waters, Alpine peaks and ancient towns painted in ocher and terra cotta hues and its distinctly bella figura Italian style, combined with its rich history, have inspired poets, composers, musicians, artists and philosophers for centuries.
Join our small group of alumni travelers in the quintessentially Italian città di Como—your picturesque “home” for a full week—for this one-of-a-kind, Village Life® around the Italian Lakes soggiorno, an exceptional way to experience the true essence of life in Italy’s beautiful and charming regions of Lombardy and Piedmont. Our carefully designed, expert-guided excursions explore the artistic and architectural treasures commissioned by Roman patricians, medieval lords and Renaissance princes, including the fashionable city of Milan and a specially arranged viewing of Leonardo da Vinci’s renowned masterpiece,
The Last Supper, hung in the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Santa Maria delle Grazie. Enriching presentations and the exclusive Village Life® Forum, featuring local residents, offer you personal perspectives on Lombardy cultural heritage and contemporary life. You will have opportunities to taste northern Italy’s acclaimed cuisine and wines and learn basic Italian phrases to make your time in Como all the more enjoyable.
Your accommodations for this comprehensive program are ideally located
in the heart of charming Como in the prestigious, lakeside Palace Hotel, just steps away from the city’s Gothic-style Duomo. This historic hotel overlooks stunning Lago di Como and welcomes guests with warm Italian hospitality and impeccable service.
Indulge in the simple, authentic traditions of the Italian Lakes and join us on this unique, popular travel program, where you unpack only once in one of Italy’s loveliest settings. It is an excellent value and has sold out every time it has been offered, so I encourage you to book now while space is still available.
The Travel Program outlined here is subject to the features, final pricing and terms and conditions set forth in the published Travel Program brochure.
Villa Balbianello on Lake Como