Varenna’s coast

Varenna is a short ferry ride across Lake Como from Bellagio and is just as attractive. Colorful old buildings sit among lush gardens spilling down the mountain toward the lake.


We caught a late-afternoon ferry over and were in a rush to hike to Castello di Vezio, so we hurried through the small, charming, tourist-laden town and up into the main square without stopping.

Ivy-covered buildings on the coast

One of many colorful cliffside houses

However, highlights of the town include two must-see villas, Villa Cipressi and Villa Monastero, a garden and a small Romanesque church, Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista.

Off the cobblestone path

You’ll get a good workout exploring the town!

Typical steep staircase

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