Varenna, Lecco, Italy

Varenna, Lecco, Italy

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Lakefront living in Varenna

The waterfront hamlet of Varenna in northern Italy draws vacationers with its picturesque town square and streets just steps from the shores of Lake Como. Days here are spent touring historic castle grounds with falcons flying overhead and strolling through perfectly-manicured villa gardens with mountainous backdrops, while evenings call for quiet pasta dinners by candlelight at sidewalk cafes. Varenna vacation rentals place you steps from it all, whether you prefer a hillside home to watch the sun set in shades of pink and orange over the lake, or a private villa with a pool that will make you feel like a movie star.

The stunning villas of Varenna

Lake Como is known for its gorgeous villas and you'll find several open for visitors close to your Varenna vacation rental. Touring the botanical garden terraces at these stunning properties is a must, as the lake's mild climate allows all sorts of interesting and exotic plant varieties to grow. After you've admired the blue palms, multi-colored peonies and wisterias of the Villa Monastero in Varenna, why not make a day of it and take a water taxi to walk the lakeside paths of Villa Melzi in charming Bellagio and explore the rock gardens and sequoia trees of Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo?

Touring storied castles in Varenna

A stay in Varenna wouldn't be complete without a hike up to Castello di Vezio. The fortress dates back more than 1,000 years and has unparalleled views over Lake Como and Varenna from the watchtower, accessed via a drawbridge. Here, you can wander through olive tree gardens, check out the castle's underground areas and admire ghost-like sculptures that overlook the lake. Be sure to stick around long enough to catch the falconry demonstrations in the castle gardens, when you can photograph the birds of prey during their training sessions. The castle usually stays open from March through early November, weather-permitting.

Sunny days on the lake in Varenna

Warm days in Varenna are best spent out on the lake, with the reflection of the golden sun bouncing like diamonds off the surface of the water and the wind gently breezing across your face. Temperatures rise into the 70s come April and May and stay perfectly warm in the daytime through early fall. To avoid the heaviest crowds in the middle of summer, opt for a stay in the shoulder seasons on either end. If you do visit during the hottest time of year, look for a Varenna vacation rental with a pool to cool off in when the humidity rises.

Excursions and adventures in Varenna

The glistening ripples along the long arms of Lake Como are only half of the natural appeal of the area, with a gorgeous backdrop of mountains towering over the stone villages that dot the shores to enjoy. One of the best ways to savor the stunning scenery is to take a boat ride on the lake, where ducks and swans glide across the surface and waterside vegetation and colorful gardens can be spotted along the shore. If you're in the mood for a longer excursion, you can hike and climb nearby Gringa Mountain, or head off for wildlife adventures in surrounding parklands.