Varenna

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Varenna featuring tranquil scenes and a lake or waterhole as well as a small group of people

Discover the elegance and charm for which Lake Como is famous at this ancient fishing village. Find grand villas, shady piazzas and plenty of gelato. 

Enjoy the beauty of Varenna, where jumbled multicolored buildings are wedged between steep hilly slopes and the still waters of Lake Como. Appreciate the relaxed atmosphere and discover the culture, history and architecture of this lakeside haven.

The appeal of Varenna lies in its simplicity. Narrow lanes weave past old fishermen’s houses. The little strip of shingle beach is perfect for swimming during hot summers. Indulge in fun lakeside activities, enjoy a long leisurely lunch in a traditional restaurant. Visit the gardens of one of the two regal villas, Villa Monastero and Villa Cipressi.

Like its Lake Como neighbors, Varenna has a charming waterfront, where a small harbor, a promenade lined with traditional gelaterie (ice cream parlors) and stunning mansions create a romantic Italian Lakes atmosphere. Head up the lanes into the town to find the leafy Piazza San Giorgio. Step inside the Chiesa di San Giorgio and the Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista. Both churches have impressive frescoes.

Wander around the stunning gardens of the Villa Monastero and Villa Cipressi and be amazed at the vivid blooms. Stretching along the shores of the lake, the gardens weave around ornamental statues and manicured lawns. Villa Monastero is open to the public daily in summer and on select days in other seasons. Visit the villa along with the Casa Museo museum.

Venture a little farther out of the main town to the nearby hamlet of Fiumelatte to see the tiny Fiumelatte River, which flows a bright white in summer. The word “fiumelatte” means “milk river.” For truly breathtaking views, climb up the hill to the ancient Castello di Vezio, the home of the queen of Lombardy many centuries ago.

Varenna provides an excellent base for exploring Lake Como. A direct train line links the little fishing town with Milan, which has several international airports. Spend a fun day aboard one of the ferries that cross the water and link Varenna to other lakeside towns and villages.

Hotel Royal Victoria by R Collection Hotels
Hotel Royal Victoria by R Collection Hotels
4 out of 5
Piazza San Giorgio 2, Varenna, LC
The price is AU$374 per night from 2 Nov. to 2 Nov.
Located in the heart of Varenna, this spa hotel is steps away from Civic Museum of Ornithology and Natural Sciences, Branch of Lecco and Royal Victoria. San ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (212 reviews)
"Perfect location, nice friiendly staff. Seiously recommend, we loved it."

Reviewed on 15 Aug. 2020

Hotel Royal Victoria by R Collection Hotels
Hotel Olivedo
Hotel Olivedo
3 out of 5
Piazza Martiri,14, Varenna, LC
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Giovanni Battista Church, Civic Museum of Ornithology and Natural Sciences and Royal Victoria. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (302 reviews)
"Beautiful, historic building with a great location! The breakfast and cappuccinos were fantastic!"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2021

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Hotel Olivedo
THE Mill -relaxing AND Romantic-
THE Mill -relaxing AND Romantic-
via dei mulini, 4, Varenna, Lombardy
Situated in Varenna, this historic holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Branch of Lecco and Sorgente del Fiumelatte. Villa Monastero and Civic Museum of ...
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Casa San Giorgio
Casa San Giorgio
piazza san giorgio, 3 , Varenna, LC
The price is AU$245 per night from 30 Oct. to 30 Oct.
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is steps away from San Giovanni Battista Church, Royal Victoria and Civic Museum of Ornithology and Natural ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (38 reviews)
"The location was right in the middle of Verona with close access to everything and a beautiful view of the lake."

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Casa San Giorgio
THE Mill -relaxing AND Romantic-
THE Mill -relaxing AND Romantic-
via dei mulini, 4, Varenna, Lombardy
Situated in Varenna, this historic holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Branch of Lecco and Sorgente del Fiumelatte. Villa Monastero and Civic Museum of ...
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Villa Monti
Villa Monti
via roma 9/11, Varenna
Located in the heart of Varenna, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Villa Monastero, Civic Museum of Ornithology and Natural Sciences and Branch ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (39 reviews)
Great luxury villa apartment on Lake Como.
"We had Number 2 Geranium apartment. Fabulously large balcony with patio table and 4 chairs, sofa and chair. Great view of the lake. Perfect location to park car on street or in undercover parking at bottom of hill €20 per day in 2020 and get ferries across the lake to other Villas and villages. Plenty ..."

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