Lake Como Confidential

Just beyond Bellagio is the medieval town of Varenna, with its quaint cobblestone streets, charming porticos, breathtaking scenery and laid-back ambiance, makes a perfect retreat from the more obviously touristed towns around Lake Como. Like a sentinel in the middle of the lake, Varenna is located at the “Y” intersection of the three branches of Lago di Como just beyond Bellagio, across from Menaggio and Cadenabbia/Tremezzo (with Villa Carlotta), and is perfectly situated for exploring the hiking and mountain biking trails of the Esino valley. You can discover a magnificent medieval fortress, the Castle of Vezio, set high above the lake where I encountered mysterious sculptural apparitions chilling out. But the jewel of the town is Villa Monastero which  hosts a museum, an exhibition center and a quiet lakeside garden full of rare flowers and plants.

From Varenna’s pier and ferry station you can stroll along the romantic Passeggiata degli Innamorati (Lovers’ Walk) along the edge of the lake which leads to the center of the old borgo (town) lined with charming boutiques and lakeside bars and restaurants where the twilight is always magical.

9 Comments

  1. Mike Millius

    April 7, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Love this, Carla, Please keep ’em coming.

    Mike Millius xo

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    • Carla Gambescia author of La Dolce Vita University

      April 15, 2019 at 12:03 am

      so glad you are lovin’ these! hugs for denise XO

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  2. Lynn A.

    April 7, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    What a lovely mini-tour of places we have loved. Thanks for the reminders! My wanderlust is re-awakened. I love the idea of these postcards. Mille grazie!

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    • Carla Gambescia author of La Dolce Vita University

      April 15, 2019 at 12:04 am

      so gladd!!!!! XOXOXOX

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    • Carla Gambescia author of La Dolce Vita University

      May 5, 2019 at 8:29 pm

      So glad!! I am new to blogging and I just saw your comment. Please share Postcards from the Boot with those who you think might appreciate it!

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  3. Barbara

    April 26, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Love the pictures with the blog!

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    • Carla Gambescia author of La Dolce Vita University

      May 5, 2019 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks! I am new to blogging and I just saw your comment. Please share Postcards from the Boot with those who you think might appreciate it!

      Reply
  4. Joann E. Mincello

    June 16, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Carla, love what you are presenting. Keep the inspiring photos coming.
    Where can I buy your books ??

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