Welcome to Varenna


A great way to get the lay of the land is to take the walk up to Castello di Vezio, which offers panoramic views over Varenna and the lake. The SP65 road beyond makes for a pretty drive into the Val d'Esino, through the villages of Perledo, Esino Lario and Parlasco (which has tarted itself up with more than a dozen frescoes on the walls of its stone houses), where it runs into Valsassina.


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$259.58 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Lake Como Walking, Boat Tour from Varenna, with Bellagio Visit

Meet your guide at 10am at the Varenna ferry ticket office to start your Lake Como tour. Dotted with beautiful villas and manicured gardens, Lake Como is a treasure trove of spectacular landscapes where centuries of Italian history come to life.The tour starts with a transfer to a fascinating old mill high in the hills above Varenna to sample locally produced cheeses from the Valsassina valley, meats, and olive oil accompanied by delicious wine. Descending to Varenna, follow your guide for a walking tour of the town and learn of the region’s Celtic heritage.Enjoy a delicious lunch of seafood appetizers and pasta dishes in a restaurant facing Lake Como, then hop aboard your private open top Venetian water taxi for a sightseeing cruise on the lake. Admire fine views over the soaring mountains and stunning villas, and learn of the famous stars who have lived here over the years. Visit the spectacular 18th-century Villa del Balbianello — famous for its immaculate gardens and widely considered the finest property on the lakeside.Cruise onward to Bellagio, where you shall be guided through the wonderful Villa Melzi gardens, followed by a stroll along the lakeside. End your tour at approximately 530pm in Bellagio, and perhaps stop for a romantic happy hour or dinner (at own expense) before returning to Como or Varenna at your leisure.

$103.83 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Cooking Class on Lake Como

A 4-hour cooking class taking place in a family run restaurant in Mandello del Lario, a characteristic village on the lakeside, only 10 minutes from Lecco and very convenient from Varenna and other central lake locations. Here our professional Chef will guide you through our regional recipes using seasonal, local fresh ingredients making you feel at home while preparing and then enjoying a home cooked meal with local wine, all accompanied by great company. Our Chef loves changing the menu based on the availability of fresh ingredients and her personal inspiration but different kinds of fresh home-made pasta from scratch (i.e. tagliatelle and ravioli), sauces for the pasta, and a dessert will usually be included. This cooking course will enable you to discover local cooking traditions and tips, ideas and methods which you can take back to try out in your home country and share with your friends and family. We'll provide all food and drink, all that is required is that you bring enthusiasm and willingness to learn, to meet new people and try to speak some Italian along the way.

$228.43 Day Trips & Excursions

Lake Como Day Trip from Milan: Varenna, Bellagio, and Tremezzo

Lake Como is a treasure of nature, wonderful landscapes and culture. Charming towns and superb villas, with gardens decorated with marble statues and exotic plants will surprise you. In the morning depart from Milan with your professional guide by train and in just 1 hour you will reach the charming Varenna, an attractive village on the eastern shore of Lake Como, looking over the central part of the lake towards Bellagio. Varenna's picturesque lanes and old fishermen's houses are unpretentiously appealing, and some visitors prefer the town to its grander neighbors. From Varenna you will experience a boat-cruise to Bellagio situated upon the cape of the land mass that divides Lake Como in two. Called the “Pearl of the Lake”, Bellagio's world class hotels and restaurants provide the perfect place to soak up the lake's famous panorama. Here you will have time for free lunch and shopping. After lunch your tour continues to Tremezzo and Villa Carlotta; the transfer will give you the chance to relax in the afternoon admiring the spectacular mountains and the stunning villas, once the homes of aristocrats, now the playgrounds for the jet set. Villa Carlotta is a place of rare beauty, where masterpieces of nature and art live together in perfect harmony in over 70.000 square meters of gardens and museum. It offers an elegant Neoclassical interior with a sculpture gallery which includes works by Antonio Canova, but the extensive and impeccably manicured gardens which sprawl in both directions from the villa will truly take your breath away. After the visit your guide will escort you back to Varenna and from there you will get the train to Milan.

$149.98 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Cruise and Dinner on Lake Como from Varenna

Hop aboard your open-top Venetian taxi and admire sweeping views over the peaks and forests surrounding Lake Como. During your cruise, discover beautiful lakeside villas for which Lake Como is famous such as Villa del Balbianello, Villa Carlotta, and Villa Melzi.Afterward, alight from your boat at the dock in Varenna and head to a restaurant overlooking the lake— where your table awaits. Relax with a welcome drink then enjoy a delicious 4-course dinner including appetizer and dessert. Perhaps sample local fish or meat, or choose the vegetarian option. When your meal comes to an end, return to your hotel via the public ferry to conclude your tour.

$275.73 Classes & Workshops

Plein-air Painting Experience on Lake Como and Wine Tasting

The train leaves from Milan at 08.20am and arrives at the enchanting village of Varenna after one hour. A 15 minute walk (1km/0,62 miles) takes you to Villa Monastero, a stylish mansion completely furnished and surrounded by a botanic garden with several rare plants generating a true explosion of colours and scents all year round. Get back to the village of Varenna following the lakeshore and reach the harbour to board the boat leaving at 11.23 and taking you to Bellagio in only 15 minutes. Explore the old village or the Villa Melzi Gardens, crossed by many winding paths with Egyptian sculptures and Roman statues that add to the romantic atmosphere of the garden. You will admire many exotic trees and be fascinated by the Japanese pond with water lilies, surrounded by Japanese maple trees and cedar trees. At 02.00pm a person holding a board with the name Stile Italiano Tours will meet you at the Garden entrance of Loppia which is the one opposite to the entrance from Bellagio and together you will reach the nearby hamlet of S. Giovanni to meet the Maestro and be introduced to the ancient techniques, such as the preparation of the egg tempera. In the “bottega” you will create your own colour and then move to the small marina with a spectacular view spanning from Punta del Balbianello to the Bellagio Promontory to create a unique memory in a quiet atmosphere of pure enchantment; the only unexpected occurrence could be an intrigued local taking a stroll and peeping at your work. At around 4.00pm you will reach a winery for a wine tasting experience and your day will end sipping a cool glass of wine in the relaxed atmosphere of the lake. At the end of this wine and art experience, take the boat to Varenna leaving at 5.45pm and the train back to Milan which leaves at 6.37pm and arrives at 7.40pm

$294.19 Day Trips & Excursions

Milan to Lake Como Villas and Food Walking and Boat Tour

Reach independently Stazione Centrale in Milan and take the 8.20 train destination Varenna - Esino (the train is n. REG 2554 final destination Tirano) (train tickets will be sent to you via mail - no seats reservation) and arrive in Varenna by 9.23. Then take the 5 minutes walk down to the lakeside to reach our meeting point in Varenna.Meet your guide at 10am at the Varenna ferry ticket office to start your Lake Como tour. Dotted with beautiful villas and manicured gardens, Lake Como is a treasure trove of spectacular landscapes where centuries of Italian history come to life.The tour starts with a transfer to a fascinating old mill high in the hills above Varenna to sample locally produced cheeses from the Valsassina valley, meats, and olive oil accompanied by delicious wine. Descending to Varenna, follow your guide for a walking tour of the town and learn of the region’s Celtic heritage.Enjoy a delicious lunch of seafood appetizers and pasta dishes in a restaurant facing Lake Como, then hop aboard your private open top Venetian water taxi for a sightseeing cruise on the lake. Admire fine views over the soaring mountains and stunning villas, and learn of the famous stars who have lived here over the years. Visit the spectacular 18th-century Villa del Balbianello — famous for its immaculate gardens and widely considered the finest property on the lakeside.Cruise onward to Bellagio, where you shall be guided through the wonderful Villa Melzi gardens, followed by a stroll along the lakeside. Your tour guide shall provide you with the public boats tickets to get the 1745 boat shuttle back to Varenna (a 15 minutes ride) where you shall independently walk to the train station to take the 18:37 train back to Milan Central Station where you are expected to arrive at 19:40 (train n. REG 2575 to Milano Centrale).