We arrived home late yesterday evening from a wonderful week in Italy. I promised more posts and pictures on the rest of our stay, so here we go: we made a few trips to other villages on lake Como that we could reach by ferry from Mennagio. In less than 15 minutes, we were on the other side of the lake, where Lovely Varenna was our first destination. We were not disappointed. Varenna is very charming, atmospheric, and we immediately regretted not staying here for one night.
It is not very big at all, but that is part of its charm. When you arrive by ferry, you will be struck by the colorful houses, partly hidden by lush green gardens and trees. When walking on the walkway leading towards a few restaurants on the water, you will see narrow streets leading uphill to another even cuter street.
I was happy that I chose this day to wear my new maxi dress so we could take pictures of the dress with this gorgeous background. You can’t visit Varenna without doing some uphill walking, but the views from higher up are absolutely stunning too:
You will not need an entire day in Varenna to see it all, as it is not very big, but it absolutely worth a visit! There are quite a few restaurants with an outside terrace on the lake, so I do recommend having an outside lunch here.
The next day, we went to Bellagio; where Varenna is mainly cute and atmospheric, Bellagio has a much more sophisticated and majestic feel to it with its lakeside villas, hotels and gardens. It is slightly bigger than Varenna, a bit more lively, but also more touristy. In Bellagio, you will find the same small streets leading uphill, but there is much wider variety of shops here. You will even find a few designer shops, and some wine shops where they sell very decent wines.
If I had to choose, I’d probably rather stay in Varenna, due to the fact that is smaller and cuter, but for an afternoon, Belaggio is absolutely worth a visit.