We had been watching the ferries going back and forth across the lake in their triangular route of Menaggio, Bellagio and Varenna, and decided it was a pretty day, so we’d go to Varenna. We bought tickets at the ticket office where the ferry docks at Menaggio. It didn’t cost much at all and was well worth the money for the ride across the lake. The views are really stunning in all directions. A tip to keep in mind is that the sun hits Menaggio in the morning through afternoon, but Varenna is in the shadow of the mountains until late morning to mid-day so plan on going after the sun hits for a more enjoyable visit.
Almost to Varenna… only took about 15 minutes.
You get off the ferry and there is a sidewalk that runs along the water into the town area. There are cafes, restaurants and shops along the way, along with some fabulous photo op spots.
The town buildings are perched up the hill, so be prepared to do some stairs if you want to explore into the heart of the town. There is a central piazza area with shops, another beautiful church and restaurants up a ways.
For those that can’t do stairs, you can stay on the lake level and enjoy the view.
We were hungry and grabbed a table and ordered the house red wine, soup and ravioli. Delicious as always!
Gorgeous church on the upper terrace area of town. This is the bell tower you see coming in from the ferry.
The mists on Lake Como are amazing.
I caught Wally unawares on the lookout point.
Love this shot – sun glittering through the tree, bird flying by, gorgeous lake and Wally.
Back to the ferry – it’s a car ferry too
Afternoon rowers – we watched them every afternoon, rowing to the point and back. Those are ducks and loons on the lake in the foreground.
What a wonderful day!