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    Cheese & Ham Lovers Tour

    Varenna - Lecco - Oggiono - Valsassina
    • Visit to Marco d’Oggiono production site
    • Visit to Carozzi boutique
    • Tasting of prosciutto and typical cheese
    • Mountain-view lunch: risotto or pasta dish with a glass of local wine

    At a glance

    full day tour to enjoy exclusive visits to 2 award-winning cheese and ham producers of the area including a delicious lunch at a beautiful setting with mountain view.

    • Duration: 7 Hours
    • Min: 2 adults
    • Max: 10 people
    • Adult: 185€
      (group discount: from 4 people – Euro 160 pp)
    • Child (4-12y): 120€
    • Infant (0-3y): 40€

    Risk Free Booking

    • NO Deposit Asked
    • NO Credit Card Charge until 2 weeks prior to tour
    • 72h Free Cancellation & full refund
    • Our guides are trained on all COVID-19 safety guidelines and have hand sanitising available for you to use
    • All participants are asked to bring a safety mask and to wear it if current protocols require it.


    • Meeting Point: Varenna, Ferry Terminal
      P.zza Martiri della Libertà Varenna – Italy
      Our Cheese & Ham Lovers Tour starts in front of the Ferry Terminal Ticket Office.
    • Time of departure 09:30 AM
    • Operating every Fri from January to December

    The area surrounding Lake Como is a place of spectacular scenery, fascinating works of art and interesting architecture and buildings lining the shores and old villages. But one cannot claim to know an area well unless one has tasted its local cuisine and products.

    During our full-day Cheese & Ham Lovers Tour, we will enjoy exclusive visits to 2 award-winning cheese and ham producers of the area: CAROZZI and MARCO D’OGGIONO. A food lovers dream!

    You will start your journey in Varenna, from where you will be driven down the Lecco branch to the east, a stunning and magical territory with unspoiled landscapes, a distant cry from mass tourism, dwarfed by the majestic and severe surrounding mountains.
    You will admire the lakefront of Lecco, an enchanting town renowned in the past amongst noblemen and great writers such as Manzoni, who chose it as an inspiring location to rest and create his masterpiece.

    Ham tasting

    Firstly, we will stop at Marco d’Oggiono production sitea family-owned business, founded in 1945 in Oggiono (Lecco) and continues today with passion and wisdom to produce cured hams making a mild and good prosciutto crudo. Here you will be welcomed with a delicious tasting of their top-quality sliced meats followed by an exclusive visit to their “prosciutto rooms” (Marco d’Oggiono Prosciutti received an award from Lombardy Region as one of ten Lombardian Excellencies in 2014).

    A nice half-hour drive will bring you up the mountains to discover the Valsassina Valley on the Eastern side of the lake. Lake Como excels in dairy products. The Valsassina Valley is a territory recognized by the European Union as a protected area. Many of the largest Italian cheese companies were born there thanks to the pastures and to its caves which provide a constant level of humidity and temperature in all seasons, suitable for the natural seasoning of the cheese.

    Cheese tasting

    Carozzi is a boutique dairy and cheese producer. It has been operating in the historic butter factory site in Pasturo since 1960 and has developed an internationally award-winning range of hand-made dairy and goat milk cheeses that have become Italian classics. Here you will visit their local production site, learning about all the processes of conservation and “salatura” of one of the most renowned cheeses of the Valley: Taleggio. Enjoy a delicious tasting of their top-quality cheeses, including gorgonzolalatteriaprimo sale and goat milk products in a beautiful setting with mountain view, complete with a risotto or pasta dish and a glass of local wine.

    Expect mountain scenery on a grand scale on your drive back to Varenna, a ravishingly photogenic stretch of road surrounded with majestic peaks and characteristic historic villages writhing its way through the valley down to our magnificent lake.

    Every time you visit a country don’t forget to taste its specialties with the locals, a real experience that allows you to know the culture and the traditions of a destination!

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    What is included?

    • Local, friendly English speaking licensed guide
    • Transfers from Varenna to Marco d’Oggiono and Carozzi production sites plus transfers back to the meeting point
    • Tasting of delicious local cheeses and cold cuts accompanied with delicious local wine
    • Lunch: risotto or pasta dish, water, a glass of wine and coffee

    What is not included?

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off is only available upon request and quoted separately
    • Souvenirs. Our guide will be glad to point you to the best spots to buy local gifts
    • Extra food & drinks and what is not explicitly listed in the programme must be paid separately​

    What should I bring and know?

    • A Water Bottle, alternatively you can purchase one near the meeting point
    • Comfortable walking shoes and clothes as a fair amount of walking is involved
    • Sun hat and sun screen are strongly recommended in summer months
    • The tour runs rain or shine.​ If rain is forecast, bring an umbrella, as you will be outside for most of the tour
    • ​Not wheelchair accessible
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Please remember that bookings are made on a first come, first served basis
    • This tour is in English. Other languages are available upon request, please contact us


    What is your cancellation policy?

    • Free cancellation 72 hours or more before the tour
    • We charge your credit card approx. 15 days before the tour,  no refund will be possible if you cancel later than 2 days (48 hours) before the start of your tour
    • No refunds if you do not turn up for the tour (our tours start promptly, the guide shall not be able to linger)
    • ​If you need to reschedule your booked tour we will do our best to accommodate your request. Please contact us directly by email. In case we cannot meet your needs and you decide to cancel, no refund shall be given for tours that are cancelled with less than 48hours notice
    • Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions policy here

    Is the tour customizable?

    Yes! All our itineraries are starting points, created to inspire and give options for a ready to book tour. But we love to design custom experiences for our clients. Whether you just have a special request for us or need a private, fully made-to-measure experience, let us know! We can design an itinerary just for you.

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