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“Lovely hour on Lake Como!”

Taxi Boat Varenna - Day Tours
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Varenna
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
San Ramon, California
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Lovely hour on Lake Como!”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

We joined Luca for an hour long group tour at 5 pm. It was 30 euros each, but that was the set price even if others didn't join. We ended with 8 of us and we all fit comfortably in the boat. You could sit and look out the window or stand and enjoy the breeze. The tour along the shore was lovely. It was nice to see so many things (the milky river, beaches, villas) up close. Luca was friendly, accommodating and professional. We would highly recommend his services!

Visited June 2014
5 Thank Ligaya M
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Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Fun Trip”
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Luca was an excellent guide and we spent a lovely evening on Lake Como for around 50 euros in total. Good value, canapés and a bottle of bubbly on board. Be prepared for a little spray from the water!

Visited June 2014
1 Thank space4travel
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Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Wonderful two hours spent on Lake Como!”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

My daughter and I were looking for a cruise boat that motored past all the famous villas on Lake Como, when we came across TaxiBoat tours. Luca was very accommodating. He had a shorter cruise booked for the afternoon but when we arrived just before 1pm, advised us he could fit in a two hour private trip taking in all the villas that we were interested in. As we set off, he told us a lot of the history of the area. As we approached Villa Balbianello (at Lenno), Luca showed us the villa as it appeared in Casino Royale and Star Wars (via his ipad). It was very pleasant cruising past each villa including Villa Melzi (at Bellagio), Villa La Cassinella (currently owned by Richard Branson), and at Laglio, George Clooney's Villa Oleandra and Villa Marguerita. We thoroughly enjoyed being serenaded by the music of Puccini along the way. A great afternoon on the lake and certainly one to be recommended!!

Visited June 2014
3 Thank Louise R
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Toronto, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Excellent tour on Lake Como!”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

We (two of us) took the 16:00 hour mid-lake area tour and were the only one's that showed up that day. Luca took us out on this " private" tour at no extra charge. Luca is well spoken, humorous, professional and well informed about everything he shows you on the Lake. Really liked it when he took out the ipad to shows us clips from Star Wars and Casino Royale when we passed by Villa Balbianello where scenes from these movies where filmed. Boat is very comfortable and Luca has free bottled water on board should you need it. There are usb/phone charging cables on the boat so you can enjoy the cruise and charge your gadgets at the same time. Price was very reasonable. A really great afternoon. Thank you Luca for your great hospitality! Great way to see the sights up close as opposed to seeing the from the Ferry.

Visited May 2014
2 Thank Janette J
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Hobart, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
304 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2014

We spent five days staying at Cadenabbia-Griante Lake Como, and spent time travelling on the ferries on the lake to visit other towns on the lake. We were enjoying a walk around Varenna and were planning to go to Bellano by ferry, when we saw TaxiBoat signage and description of tours that they do. We spoke with Mr Luca a delightful young man operating the TaxiBoat and said that we were planning a visit to Bellano, he suggested that we do a tour on the lake with commentary and he would drop us at Bellano which meant we could spend some time exploring there for a couple of hours before the next regular ferry service was due.
Luca had a very good sense of humour and his English is good as he gave a very informative commentary of places along Lake Como, the weather was perfect and the boat was very comfortable,even given a chance to steer the boat! We were not long into the trip when we heard music being played to my delight it was Andrea Bocelli! Luca turned and said I hope you like the music, my husband and I really enjoy Andrea Bocelli singing so our hearts soared as the music was played through high quality speakers, I will always remember that boat trip, Grazie Mille Luca!

Visited April 2014
4 Thank tasannie
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