Village Life around the Italian Lakes

Village Life around the Italian Lakes



Join our small group of member travelers in the quintessentially Italian città di Como— your picturesque “home” in Italia for a full week—for this one‑of‑a‑kind, eight-day Village Life around the Italian Lakes soggiorno, an exceptional way to experience the true essence of life in the 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‑desginated 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.

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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
Departure Dates
Sep 30, 2023 - Oct 8, 2023


The Palace Hotel
The recently refurbished, classic belle-epoque Palace Hotel is a delightful establishment with a magnificent setting on the lungo lago (lakefront promenade) overlooking Lake Como and is just steps away from Como’s beautiful marble Duomo and the medieval, pedestrian-only town center. Venetian stucco artistry, Italian marble and antique furniture provide subtle touches of 19th-century elegance throughout the hotel, while its beautifully landscaped gardens provide the perfect setting to admire enchanting views across Lake Como. The Ceccato Ice Cream Parlor, with its summer terrace and winter garden overlooking the lake, is an excellent place to enjoy the refreshing flavors of a traditional Italian ice or a cup of cappuccino. Each of the hotel’s 94 comfortable guest rooms is tastefully appointed with a private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite television, minibar and hair dryer. (Lake-view rooms can be requested for an additional fee and are subject to availability. Call for more information.) Meals, featuring well-prepared Italian and local specialties and international cuisine, are served in the hotel’s beautifully furnished Antica Darsena restaurant. Table wines are served with dinner. The hotel staff provides exceptional service.


Post‑Program Option – Treasures of Bologna & Florence
May 28 to June 1, 2023 or October 8 to 12, 2023
Conclude your tour with a four-night extension featuring Bologna and Florence, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Enjoy a walking tour of Bologna’s storied medieval square, from Piazza Malpighi through the heart of the city to Piazza Maggiore. Visit the legendary Basilica of San Petronio with its 15th century frescoes. Discover the glory of Florence’s historical center, the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to masterpieces of unparalleled art, architecture, and literature. See Filippo Brunelleschi’s iconic dome on the Duomo and Lorenzo Ghiberti’s bronze-cast “Doors of Paradise”—created for the Baptistery of San Giovanni to depict scenes from the Old
Testament. Savor an afternoon at the world-famous Uffizi Gallery to see works by Botticelli, Giotto, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci. Conclude your sojourn with a tour of Ravenna’s historical center to see the stunning Ravenna Cathedral and the majestic Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo. Accommodations are in the historic Hotel Corona D’oro Bologna in the heart of Bologna.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $2,395
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $2,995


  • Giuseppina Lucini

    Giuseppina Lucini

    Giuseppina Lucini was raised in Como, Italy, where she still lives today. Her family has resided  here for generations. Giuseppina earned her 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 fluency in English, Italian and French complement her open and enthusiastic attitude with travelers. Always a popular study leader, she looks forward to introducing you, through her lectures, to all that the Italian Lake District has to offer.


CANCELLATION FEES: Final payment due at least 95 days prior to departure. Cancellation fees and penalties apply as follows:


96 days or more prior*

95-61 days prior

60-45 days prior

44-0 days prior


Full refund

50% of program price

75% of program price

100% of program price

*In the event of a cancellation between 45 and 95 days prior to departure, the refund will be by credit, usable on a future Gohagan & Company trip which commences on or before December 31, 2023. In addition, for all bookings, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply. Click here for more information.


Italian Lakes map


  • day 1

    Depart the U.S.

  • day 2

    Milan, Italy/Lake Como

    Check into the Palace Hotel in Como.

  • day 3


    Walking tour of Old Como. Lecture by Como scholar.

  • day 4

    Lake Maggiore/Borromean Islands/Stresa

    Private cruise on Lake Maggiore around the Borromean Islands. Tour of Isola Bella’s magnificent 17th‑century palazzo and gardens.  Explore the charming strade (streets) of Stresa at your own pace.

  • day 5


    Guided tour of Milan. Visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Santa Maria delle Grazie to see Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.

  • day 6

    Lake Como/Villa del Balbianello/Bellagio

    Private scenic cruise on Lake Como. Specially arranged tour of the Italian National Trust’s Villa del Balbianello.  Exclusive Village Life® Forum.  Explore charming Bellagio at your own pace.

  • day 7

    Lake Orta/Orta San Giulio/Sacro Monte di Orta

    Private boat ride across Lake Orta to visit the beautiful Isola San Giulio. Walking tour to medieval Orta San Giulio.  Guided tour on Sacro Monte.

  • day 8


    Day at leisure. Optional to stroll Como’s colorful market and mingle with Lombardi.

  • day 9

    Como/Milan/Return to the U.S.

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