The little town of Varenna will steal your heart.
Bellagio & Como are the most popular tourist spots, but they miss the hidden beauty of Varenna
Varenna is quieter, less touristy & more breath-taking than any other town on the lake.
There’s plenty of beauty in Varenna to keep you busy there really is no need to take the expensive ferry across to Bellagio, Varenna is just as beautiful. Tranquil calm blue waters, fantastic restaurants and mountainous landscapes are just a small part of Varenna’s charm.
The entrance fee to this wonder is 9 euro, enjoy the incredible botanical gardens that offer peaceful lakeside views, the museum is also worth a visit!
The gardens ooze elegance with numerous fountains and statues.
Villa Monastero is a must-see and definitely Instagram worthy!
St. George’s Church
After visiting Villa Monastero and St. George’s Church take time to have a stroll through their very small endearing village.
You will find multiple family run restaurants and cafes. Make sure you try a traditional homemade mozzarella pizza or have some of the best Gelato in Italy! Prices are more affordable in the town rather than down on the waterfront and the food is unquestionably better.
Taking the walk down the cobblestone steps is my favourite part when visiting the beautiful town. Colourful town-houses that I dream of owning one day, cobblestone narrow alley-ways and quaint balconies. Following the trail will lead you down to lakeside.
Cafes, restaurants and family run businesses run along the promenade. The restaurants are usually pretty expensive but with jaw-dropping views across the lake the price is worth it for the tranquil setting.
How do you get there?
Only one hour away from Milan, Lake Como is well connected; via train.
Trains depart from Milano Central to Varenna-Esino. A return ticket will cost you around 8-10 euro.
I hope you enjoy Varenna just as much as I do, the place is a dream.