Top things to do in Varenna

Italian in Varenna

Il Cavatappi

Set along a narrow pedestrian lane in the upper part of Varenna, Il Cavatappi is an intimate spot with just seven tables set amid arched ceilings and stone walls, as opera plays quietly in the background. The cookin…
Italian in Varenna

Osteria Quatro Pass

Places that don't have a lake view in Varenna are at a distinct disadvantage, which is why this place works just that extra bit harder with the food and service. Cured meats, lake fish and other local specialities a…
Castle in Varenna

Castello di Vezio

High above the terracotta rooftops of Varenna, the imposing Castello di Vezio offers magnificent views over Lake Como. The 13th-century building was once part of a chain of early-warning medieval watchtowers. Get th…
Gardens in Varenna

Villa Cipressi

In Villa Cipressi's gardens cypress trees, palms, magnolias and camellias fill terraces that descend to the lake. Even getting here is picturesque: from the square next to the boat jetty (Piazzale Martiri della Libe…
Trattoria in Varenna


Lake-fish specialities pack the menu of this Slow Food eatery set on Varenna's quay. Among the highlights are crostoni topped with a fish and calvados pâté; ravioli filled with lavarello (white fish) in a creamy rad…
Arts & Crafts in Varenna

Il Tornio

This delightful ceramics shop is a fine place to browse for gift ideas. You'll find artfully wrought vases, bowls, vases, mugs, ornaments, picture frames and platters, as well as jewellery. Everything is created by …
Historic Building in Varenna

Villa Monastero

At Villa Monastero elegant balustrades and statues sit amid exotic shrubs; spiky yucca trees frame lake and mountain views. The villa itself is a former convent that was turned into a private residence in the 18th c…
Italian in Varenna

Vecchia Varenna

You can't get closer to Lake Como than these 15 or so tables set on a terrace suspended over the water. Which means you can dine on lake fish, duck breast or little gnocchi cooked in goat cheese, cream and truffle o…
Bar in Varenna

Il Molo

The tiny terrace of Bar Il Molo is Varenna's most sought-after aperitivi spot. It's raised above the water with cracking views north right up the lake.It's also a fine spot for pizzas, salads, hot sandwiches and oth…
Italian in Varenna

Ristorante La Vista

The fabulous views from the terrace high in Varenna's old town are only half the story here. The fresh, inventive food is from a menu that changes with the seasons; service rarely misses a beat.