lake como

Recently, I was at a wedding shower & catching up with friends. Everyone’s go-to question to me was- “what was your favorite city on your EuroTrip?” How do I answer that??? They were all my favorite, in their own way! That being said, Lake Como was just what I needed at that time & became my go-to answer for my favorite city on the trip. It truly was amazing, and it is one place that is on my need-to-go-back-because-I-miss-it-so-much list. You don’t have that list? Just me? Oh… 

varenna, lake como
varenna, lake como

My two travel buddies & I hopped on a train from Venice to Milan, & we changed trains to head to Varenna. I would recommend at least 2 nights in Varenna. However, a day trip from Milan is totally possible, since it is an hour train ride.

Before we go further, I think it is super important to know this if you EVER plan on visiting Lake Como… Lake Como is a lake & Como is a town. There are many towns on the lake & many people stay in other towns on the lake (aka NOT NECESSARILY Como). S.O. to Alex for informing me of this before our trip & to Hallie for doing research on the best towns on the lake.

this is lake como. the dropped pin is the area we enjoyed most. como (the town) is really far south. reach out if this is confusing!
this is lake como. the dropped pin is the area we enjoyed most. como (the town) is really far south. reach out if this is confusing!

We decided to stay in the town of Varenna. To be honest, we couldn’t find an affordable place to our liking in Bellagio (our first choice) & getting out of Bellagio to catch our flight out of Milan was a pain, since it involved a ferry ride. Looking back, it was the best thing to happen to us. Varenna was AMAZING! Bellagio was packed with tourists, so we were happy to be in the simple & quiet town.  

where to stay:

  • Varenna. Specifically, we stayed at Albergo Milano Casa Rossa or The Red House. The view was amazing, & it was a very comfortable hotel.
  • If you are staying for an extended period of time, I would recommend a hotel with a pool.  
view from our hotel balcony
view from our hotel balcony

what to see/do:

  • Rent a boat in Bellagio (This was our FAVORITE activity of our entire trip, sorry Tuscany wine tour!)… We rented a boat for 3 hours, & it wasn’t enough. I would recommend 5 hours to tour the lake & to allow for chill time
    • What to pack for the boat trip:
      • Most importantly, spirits & mixers + cups
      • Swimsuit + cover up + hat + sunscreen + sunglasses
      • Camera + waterproof bag
      • 2 towels (1 for your swim & 1 for the ride home since it gets chilly in the evening)
  • Walk from Varenna to Fiumelatte… There is a beautiful garden on the way that you can pay 5 Euros to see
  • Buy a book, grab a bottle of wine, post up on your balcony & relax
house hunting on our boat trip 
house hunting on our boat trip 
walk from varenna to fiumelatte
walk from varenna to fiumelatte
relaxing on our balcony
relaxing on our balcony

what to eat:

  • Nilus Bar in Varenna- great crepes with chicory, telaggio & speck
  • Casa Rossa’s restaurant, Ristorante la Vista- make reservations, ask for seats closest to the water, take a jacket, go before sunset & get the 3 course meal… you will thank me later!
  • Baba Yaga for great casual food & pizza- the chicken sandwich was my favorite actually
  • Gelato down the steps from the hotel, Albergo Milano, right on the water. I can’t remember the name, but it was SO good… Go here & if you find out the name, please let me know!
view from dinner at ristorante la vista
view from dinner at ristorante la vista
local fish from ristorante la vista (SO good!)
local fish from ristorante la vista (SO good!)
pizza from baba yaga
pizza from baba yaga
gelato from ???? (seriously, someone help me figure out where this is from!)
gelato from ???? (seriously, someone help me figure out where this is from!)

ugly truth:

  • You are on Italian time, so people may be late or service may be slow
  • There isn’t too much to do in Varenna for a long trip
    • Shushu’s tip: If you aren’t looking for a relaxing trip, I would add Milan or Switzerland to the mix for more adventure. However, between hanging by a pool, boating & hiking, there is definitely enough activity for a few days (even for your adventerous people!)
  • It gets chilly at night in Varenna
    • Shushu’s tip: always take a sweater if you will be out past sunset

xoxo, 

Shushu

7 thoughts on “lake como

  1. How long does one need to visit Lake Como? Can it be a day trip from Milan? Just one night? or do you need a few days?

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  2. Thanks for the SO (I didn’t even know this Abbrev before). I think Como had some of your more epic trip photos

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    1. I agree that Como had more of our best photos.. A lot had to do with the fact that there isn’t much to do besides take in the breathtaking views.

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  3. The pizza and views look amazing! Definitely on my Bucket List now!

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    1. It is actually somewhere I want to go yearly… It is like a retreat that is good for the soul

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  4. to enjoy the trip how long do I need to stay, Bc it looks absolutely breathtaking

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    1. I would say AT LEAST 3 days to relax and see it all! Let me know if you go!

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