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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$256.89 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

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

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Varenna sul LagoThis full day tour will allow you to discover the "pearls" of the mid lake area and view and visit some of the most famous waterfront villas, all accompanied with the tasting of delicious local products.The tour starts with a trip to a fascinating original mill on the hills above Varenna where you will be offered a tasting of the world famous locally produced olive oil, typical Valsassina cheese, cold cuts and wine followed by a guided walking tour of Varenna with its Celtic origins and steep alleys.Lunch will be served in a lakefront restaurant where you will sample typical freshwater fish starters and delicious pasta (a non-fish menu will also be available).An unforgettable private motorboat cruise 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.You will disembark at Villa del Balbianello for a guided visit, a real gem not to be missed, stunning shooting location for a number of famous films such as “Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones” and “Casino Royale”. Afterwards, our motorboat will bring you to Bellagio, where you shall be guided through the wonderful Villa Melzi gardens, followed by a stroll along the lakeside.The tour will end at approximately 5:30 pm in this world-renowned village, where you are highly recommended to stop for a romantic happy hour or dinner. Our tour guide will suggest the best restaurants and cafes in the area.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Villa del Balbianello, Tremezzina, Lake Como, Lombardy.Duration: 1 hourStop At: i Giardini di Villa Melzi, Bellagio, Lake Como, Lombardy.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Chiesa San Giacomo.Duration: 30 minutes

$108.46 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Cooking Class on Lake Como

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productWhy not spend a few hours during your Lake Como vacation learning how Italians live and cook in this area?An opportunity not to be missed, an experience that will give you an insight into how the locals really live…Our cooking course takes place in the lovely fishing hamlet of Mandello del Lario, a characteristic village on the lakeside at family run restaurant , where our chef will teach you how to make homemade pasta, using seasonal, local fresh ingredients.You will be made to feel at home preparing and then enjoying a home cooked meal and local wine, all accompanied by great company.The menu changes according to the season. 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. Duration: 4 hoursLocation: Ristorante e ospitalità diffusa Mamma Ciccia

$226.06 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.

$148.43 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Cruise and Dinner on Lake Como from Varenna

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Lago di Como, LombardyWatch the sunset over Lake Como on a 1-hour cruise from Varenna with dinner at a lakeside restaurant. Cruise past quiet bays and elegant villas with the backdrop of the Rhaetian Alps as the captain shares stories about Lake Como, see the first few stars appear above the lake, then return to shore for a four-course dinner and wine.

$78.78 Cultural & Theme Tours

Varenna on the Como Lake, the Villa Monastero and the Patriarch's Greenway path

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Varenna sul LagoFrom the ferry, we follow a almost flat pedestrian path, overlooking the Como lake, called "Passerella degli Innamorati"(lovers' catwalk) to reach the magnificent Villa Monastero. It will be the opportunity, through a guided nature walk, to discover the ecosystem of water with its many inhabitants, including grebes, coots, swans and ducksDuration: 1 hourStop At: Sorgente del FiumelatteOur nature walk continues along the path called "Greenway of the Patriarchs" to discover other secrets of nature. We will pass from the famous cemetery of the English and from the strange and mysterious geological phenomenon of FiumelatteDuration: 3 hoursStop At: Villa Monastero, Varenna, Lake Como, LombardyIn the afternoon, return to Varenna and guided naturalistic visit to the splendid gardens of the Villa Monastero and its interiors.Duration: 3 hours

$272.87 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