Looking for things to do in Lake Como and Varenna?

Besides simply just being there, of course.

We’ve got insider intel that will help you maximize 24 hours in the most gorgeous lakeside region in the world.

First things first: Lake Como loops around lush valleys and islands, which means it’s not just “one” place –– it’s made up of multiple villages.

Follow along as we walk you through a summer day (we recommend going any time between April and October) in the laid back, charming village that gets our air kiss of approval in Lake Como –– Varenna.

She doles out romance in the form of majestic old villas with sweeping gardens, yellow hotels tucked along the shoreline, medieval lanes for long strolls, and blooms and bougainvillea bursting through cracked cobblestone streets.

To experience her in all her gorgeous glory, here’s a mix ‘n’ match itinerary of what to do, see and eat in Varenna, Lake Como –– something for every kind of traveler.

Varenna: See This

When you wake up, you can take your pick of the pretty around here. Villas, rivers, churches –– Varenna smacks you in the face with her signature vintage-y, postcard-y charm.

We recommend sleeping in just a lil’ (you’re on vacation!) and seeing one of these spots in the morning:

boats on lake como near Varenna

Varenna Rainbow

Varenna: Do This

What you do in Varenna next totally depends on your personality –– does your perfect day involve breaking a tiny sweat? Discovering under-the-radar spots? Lounging as much as possible?

No matter what your cup of gelato is, Varenna is a great home base for it all.

We suggest picking one of these options for spending the rest of your morning or afternoon (and it goes without saying that a lakeside dip at some point should *always* be on your itinerary):

Swans and Streets in Varenna

Fresh fruit in Varenna

Varenna: Eat This

Now that we’ve got tortellini on the brain, let’s talk food in Varenna. Traditionally a fishing village, the seafood here is fresh and full of flavor, so eat it every chance you get. Lake Como is also known for its prosciutto and Parmigiano due to all the surrounding farms owned by local families, so you catch our drift –– you’ll love it all.

If we had to pick, here’s where we’d park our tushy to indulge throughout the day:

Varenna from the water

Lakeside docks in Varenna

How we can help you see Varenna and Lake Como

Join us in April 2020 on the tour we call Greatest Hits, where you’ll see, do and eat it all in Italy’s iconic hot spots.

Rome, Montalcino, Florence, Cinque Terre, Lake Como and Venice.

We’ve only got one date available in 2020 for this 12-night experience:

==> April 25 – May 7 (all adults welcome).

Click here to snag your spot at our aperitivo table.

Got questions?

Leave a comment below and we’ll jump in to help!

Sail boat from Varenna on Lake Como

Varenna at twilight

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