Mon – Sun 9.00 am – 7:00pm

Do you want visit VIlla del Balbianello without trouble?

Reserve now your seat on our confortable boat to see Villa del Balbianello!

Only 80 euro!

Why spend 500€ for the private Tour?

Join at the Group Tour!

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Meet our English speaking captain

If you are interested in discovering all the information about our lake, our captain will be happy to tell you everything about it.

We have years of experience, we are able to guess what you are going to ask!

On Lake Como there are many beautiful villas and villages with many fascinating stories.


Get inside the 007 and Star Wars Movies

You will discover the movie sets where the Star Wars film, Episode II  and James Bond Casino Royale were filmed.


James Bond villa del Balbianello
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Enter the villa like a true VIP

Arriving at Villa del Balbainello by boat and directly accessing the villa’s private dock without queuing up will make you feel like a true VIP.

As soon as the tour inside the villa is finished with the guide, we will wait for you at the pier ready to go back.


Discover Villa del Balbianello with us!


Listen to the captain

The captain will talk with the microphone via the modern boat's sound system. You will not lose any information

Private Guide

Discover the interior of Villa del Balbianello with a professional English speaking tour guide


With us you will enter directly inside the villa with a private guide, skipping queues and tickets to do.

USB charge

Our vessel is fully equipped with Mobile chargers for all our passengers.


Our water taxi provides excellent views of the Lake Como from all seats.


We have all the required safety equipment for adults and children.

It is complicated to organize a boat tour and see Villa del Balbianello

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Are you planning your holiday on Lake Como and you want to be able to see all the villas on the lake without missing anything?

There are many beautiful villas on the lake but only four are open to the public: Villa Carlotta, Villa Melzi, Villa Monastero and last but not least the most beautiful one, Villa del Balbianello.

Villa del Balbianello is not only beautiful because it stands on a promontory and overlooks the whole lake but it is also difficult to reach.

If you have never come to Como lake you must absolutely see it, as well as the gardens, the interiors are also full of charm.

Its last owner was the famous explorer Monzino, don’t miss his house museum!

Let us be your guide
We have more than 15 years of experience!

You will discover the center of the lake by seeing more than 20 beautiful villas:

  • Villa Carlotta
  • Grand Hotel Tremezzo
  • Villa Melzi
  • Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
  • Villa Monastero
    and many other small villas but no less beautiful.

Navigate along the coast until you reach Villa del Balbianello where you will have 90 minutes to visit the interior and its beautiful garden.

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Route map of our tour to Villa del Balbianello in Lenno. Round-trip from Varenna

Varenna from the taxi boat varenna

With our boat is very easy to reach the other side of the lake: from Varenna we can get directly to Villa del Balbianello after about 40 minutes of navigation. On the way to our destination, we will cruise past Cadenabbia, Tremezzo and Lenno.

We will see Villa Carlotta, Grand Hotel Tremezzo and many other Villas.

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Once we reach Villa del Balbianello, a private English speaking guide will be waiting for you to show you the interiors of the house, explaining all its secrets.

After the inside tour you can visit the gorgeous garden.

We will pick you up at the pier and take you back passing through San Giovanni, Loppia, Bellagio and Fiumelatte.

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If you are staying in Bellagio or if you want to visit it, we can drop you off in the village center. If you then want to return to Varenna or Menaggio you can take the ferries that run every 20/30 minutes.

From Bellagio you can also take the hydrofoil (fast service) to go to Como.

How to book your boat tour and visit to Villa del Balbainello

1 - Fill the fileds

find out if the day of your excursion is free.
Write all the correct information, how many people, contact details


2 - Insert the credit card details

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The data are at the end of the guarantee will not be charged. Payment will be made on the day of the service

3 - Confirmation of reservation

you will receive an email with all the details of the reservation, telephone to call in case of emergency, advice and map of the meeting point.

4 - Welcome on Board

Please arrive 10 minutes earlier on the day of the tour.
Take your camera and enjoy the navigation.

What customers say about us

Lovely boat tour of Lake Como with our guide Matteo stopping to look at several Villas on the lake before arriving at Villa Balbianello. Very informative tour of the Villa, home of Guido Monzino and then time to explore the gardens before returning to Varenna.


From Tripadvisor

This tour was great fun. First you are in about a 10 passenger boat. The young man who was our guide was very personable and entertaining and played Pavarotti while we cruised the Lake. Absolutely wonderful. Our tour included a stop at the Villa Del Balbianello which was stunning. A very enjoyable afternoon!

Karen W

From Tripadvisor

The private boat tour was worth with it and more!! We chose the George Clooney tour with an extra stop at Villa Del Balbianello which is a MUST see, a total of 3 hours. The boat was very nice, clean and comfortable. There were blankets and heat options, it was early April and a very cool morning. The knowledge of Lake Como was outstanding! Highly recommended. Thank you so much for one of the highlights of our entire Italy trip!

Michelle R

From Tripadvisor

We had a beautiful and informative tour of lake Como. It is a great way to see the lake and experience the beauty of the lakeside towns. The boat was attractive and well-maintained. We took the tour that included a visit to Villa Balbianello, which was a highlight of our stay. The staff were friendly and we definitely strongly recommend Taxi Boat Varenna!

Tom H

From Tripadvisor



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FAQ about this tour

The tour departure only from Varenna?

Yes, the tour departure only from Varenna from my Flotaing dock.

Check-in time for your tour is 10 minutes prior to departure.

How many people are there on the boat?

The number of participants on the tour will be from 10 to 12 travellers.

We can drop of in Bellagio when return?

Yes we can drop off in Bellagi or in Varenna, please remember at the captain your drop off.

What happens in case of bad weather?

The Captain retains the right to choose if it’s necessary to cancel/ postpone a service according to the weather forecast and his experience.

If we cancel the tour because of the weather, you’ll be completely

We are a group of people. Can we book the boat privately?

Of course, send me a request for information specifying how many people you are and if you are all adults and I will send you the quote.

Can I bring the dog?

Dogs are allowed small size but they can’t stay on the pillows or get the boat dirty. Inside the villa they must be held in the arms

How much does the tour cost?

The total cost of this tour is €70. The boat tour is €48. The additional €22 is the villa entrance fee which is payable locally in euros.

In case of delay, can the boat wait for me?

Tours will depart on time (including departure from the villa) and cannot wait for you if you are late.

Do I have to make a reservation or can I just show up?

No, but we recommended to do it. Reservations are required for guarantying a spot on our tours.

I am a travel agency can I book for our customers?

You can contact us via the page reserved for agencies. We will send you all the information necessary to book for your customers

Buy your seat now!


What’s included:

  • NEnglish speaking captain
  • NOne water bottle included
  • NPrivate English guide inside the Villa
  • NPick up from Varenna
  • NDrop off Bellagio or Varenna
  • NBrochure with map of lake como
  • NE-book Lake Como € 20

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Price list

€ 80
€ 40

From 4 years old to 12


From 3 years old and under


  • No big dogs, just the little ones (at the Villa you have to hold them).
  • Inside the Villa the backpack must be held.
  • No wheelchair or stroller. For this reason make sure you are ok to walk. There are steps and a hill to reach, from the boat, the top of the Villa.
  • No suitcases.

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