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Varenna is in situated on Lake Como in the Lombardy region.

Get in[edit]

  • By train: Trains run directly from Milan Centrale once every two hours during the day, taking about an hour. About €6 each way. Once you are beside the lake, the ride becomes very scenic.

Get around[edit]

Varenna is very small, and is best enjoyed on foot.

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The biggest draw of Varenna is simply to be able to stroll around by the lakeside or through the winding alleyways, enjoy the traditional Italian architecture and take in the serene atmosphere.

The castle of Vezio whence you can admire a beautiful panorama of Lake Como. Also, you can meet the Falconer of the castle, showing birds of prey to tourists. [1] Note that the castle appears to be closed in winter, only open between March-October.

The fiumelatte is a waterfall that runs through the village of the same name, a 15 minute walk from Varenna. This is along the main road south of Varenna, although a more scenic walk to the head of the waterfall is available by taking the road up past the exhibition centre, above the main highway.

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There is a motor boat hire business operating in front of Bar Il Molo on the lakeside, providing the perfect opportunity to see Varenna and the other villages from the lake.

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Artist Roberto Butta is a local painter who produces oil on canvas paintings and whose gallery is open in Varenna April to September.

There are also a few boutique clothes, art and gift shops.

The Marcelleria Salumeria, LIllea PIetro Matteo just off the main square, sells good quality local cheese, meats and wines, along with fresh bread and other groceries. It closes after the morning rush until 4pm.

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  • Albergo del Sole by the village square offers a good range of Italian food. They also have a range of delicious fish from Lake Como.
  • Bar Il Molo and Bar Nilus, adjacent to one another, offer lakeside eating. The food is a simple range of pizza, pasta and other Italian dishes. Open all day, everyday, they are popular places.
  • The Victoria Hotel has a restaurant, and a less formal "Victoria Grill" which serves good pizza and pasta.

There are two competing gelataria are next to one another on the lake front.

For finer dining, the lakefront restaurant Vecchia Varenna, offers a range of local fresh dishes on a regularly changing menu.

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are a few bars around, specially on the lakeside. L'Orso is last one to close (at 2 am).

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Villa Cipressi is an upmarket hotel on the edge of the village.
  • Victoria Hotel offers excellent accommodation on the main square, with some rooms having a lake view.

A good breakfast is available.

  • Hotel Olivedo near the ferry terminal offers accommodation as well as having a restaurant.

There are several apartments available for holiday lets.

  • Albergo Milano. Nice hotel with great views over the lake. It has a large patio which - weather permitting - is used for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try to get a room with it's own patio. The patio is bigger than the room.  edit


Get out[edit]

  • Take the ferry and explore the villages on the opposite side of the lake: Menaggio, Griante or Bellagio. Go by car or on foot.
  • Head either north or south by train. Note that there is no ticket office in the station. You are advised to either buy tickets from the travel office near the station, or to buy tickets from the conductor on the train itself. Note that if you board the train without a ticket, you need to proactively find the conductor, not wait until he comes for a ticket check.

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