Today, please join us on a walk through Varenna, Italy, a small town on the eastern shore of Lake Como. This old church is typical of the weathered patina of the buildings in the town.
Varenna has a picturesque waterfront and harbor, with narrow pedestrian walkways that lead from the lake up into the town. There is frequent ferry service that connect Varenna with Bellagio, Mennagio, and other towns on the other side of Lake Como.
There are lots of architectural details that add charm to the nooks and crannies of the town. This coat of arms was on a wall by a little cafe.
The sun highlights the colors of the buildings and walkways. Varenna is the location of the Moto Guzzi Motorcycle factory, and it is a popular place for cyclists to ride up from Milan to enjoy a day in the beauty of the Lake Como area.
This is the main part of the harbor and town of Varenna, with the cathedral tower looming above the town. Lake Como is a narrow, glacier-carved lake, with towering mountains on each side and the snow-capped Alps in the distance. The lake is lined with villas and charming towns such as Varenna.
This is typical of the narrow walkways that form most of the streets of Varenna. My husband and I took a group of 13 family and friends on a visit to Bellagio and Milan, Italy. We enjoyed a cooking lesson at a restaurant in Varenna, and returned to Varenna on another day to explore the town, tour Villa Monastero, and enjoy a walk along the lake.
Every turn of a walkway reveals additional, delightful details from centuries ago.
After a walk around town and along the lake, what could be better than to enjoy a gelato at a sidewalk cafe overlooking the harbor.