We could not ask for a better place to stay in Varenna. Marco and his wife were amazing hosts. They exceeded our expectations to say the least. Marco picked us up at the train station in Varenna and took us to the house. The house was sparkling clean and the view amazing! After we got settled in, Marco and his wife took us to a nearby market to purchase food/wine for our stay. One morning, Marco's wife brought down homemade tiramisu. It was the best I have ever had! Our boys loved it! At the end of our stay, Marco took us back to the train station. Amazing! The only downside (and this may be a plus for some) is that the house is about a 25-30 min walk from downtown Varenna / Marina.....and some of the walk is on a narrow road with no sidewalks. And part of the greenway was closed off. It can be a bit scary with kids. Our kids are a bit older so it wasn't too big of an issue.... plus you can easily call for a cab...we usually had about a 10 min wait. The views and small beach were priceless.
We just spent a wonderful week at Gina’s apartment. The apartment itself is spotless, modern and has every convenience you might need and the views of the water and mountains are fabulous. The apartment is very well appointed and Gina was very generous about giving us information about the town and surrounding areas and making sure we had everything we needed to have a wonderful time.
One thing that made our stay especially enjoyable was how friendly and kind Gina and her partner, Andres, are. Nothing was too much trouble and they seemed really anxious for us to have a great time and see as much of the area as possible. Also many people in town know Gina and like her so they were especially nice to us, as her guests. We even got a special deal on a boat rental because we mentioned her name to the owner. The local people we met in the town were extremely friendly. The staff at some restaurants remembered our names and the master of ceremony at a local concert invited us for a “cold beer” after the concert. All of this made us feel like very welcome guests.
The restaurants in town are quite good. There are at least four that are within easy walking distance from the apartment. The ferry dock was reasonably close as was the bus stop to travel just about anywhere you might want around Lake Como. And the town itself is very picturesque, peaceful and non-touristy. Almost everyone we saw In the restaurants were locals. We can’t wait to come back. It was a very memorable trip.