When you visit Italy's gorgeous Lombardy region, you'll likely come across Varenna and get a sense of its ancient beginnings. First founded in the eight century then expanded in the twelfth century, this tiny village hosts a special celebration in the summer with fireworks, local cuisine, and a historical re-enactment in honor of war evacuees from Isola Comacina. What better way to experience this lovely corner of the world than to stay in one of our beautiful Varenna vacation homes?
Nestled on the eastern shore of breathtaking Lake Como, Varenna is located in the Province of Lecco, with its idyllic countryside, Provincial art, and historic monument. Varenna is approximately 45 miles north of Milan and within easy driving distance of the Swiss border.
Take a stroll along Varenna's lovely waterfront on a small pebbled beach while you savor a peach tea, cappuccino, or gelato. Explore the village's many streets and lanes for restaurants, bars, and villa gardens.
Make your way to the town's main piazza and step inside Chiesa di San Giorgio, a fourteenth-century church featuring frescoes inside and out, then take the main road to Villa Cipressi, another lovely garden.
Just a short distance north, you'll find Villa Monastero, featuring a museum, conference center, and verdant botanical garden. Tour the museum to view its luxurious decor and objects belonging to past notable residents, then wander through the grounds to see a plethora of rare flowers and plants.
Pass Villa Monastero to Flumelatte to what's believed to be Italy's shortest river, then take the more inland route back toward Varenna, stopping off at Castello di Vezio, a medieval fortress that offers events like falconry shows that harken back to Medieval times.
Reserve one of our Varenna vacation rentals today and start planning your cozy stay at Lake Como.
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