Carol-IvanTravels travel blog

View of Lake Como from our hotel terrace

Our hotel in Varenna (see white signs) sits on the shore

There are several narrow steep alleys going down to the lake

This is the one main pedestrian street in the village of Varenna

It leads to and past San Georgio Church on Piazza San Georgio

We took a 1 1/2 hr. boat ride on Lake Como

Varenna as seen from the lake

Lovely and popular Bellagio, the next village on our side of the...

Across lake to Cadenabbia

and Tremezzo

A lovely castle-style villa tucked in on a hillside

A beautiful villa on the water

The fancy dock for the town of Lenno

One of the lake's finest properties, Villa Carlotta

We crossed the tiny Esino River to find a restaurant for lunch

My Cafe Americano (before I added warm milk & hot water)

View of the gardens along our side of the lake

Villa Monastero had 1 1/2 km. of beautiful gardens!

We took many photos; not sure they can show how gorgous they...

Statuary and other decorative touches added to the charm

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There was a pretty little gazebo at the end of the property

Bar il Molo was a colorful spot along our walk back to...


Breakfast on the terrace overlooking a cloudy hazy but lovely lake and mountain view. About 10:10 we set out to see this tiny village. Found the tourist center where they gave us lots of brochures and a map of local sights. We decided to take the 11:23 mid-lake ferry to see more of the lake and villages near us. A young man came up to us while we were standing in the ticket line and asked if we spoke English. He then gave us 2 passes good for a free ride on the ferry today! (He and his wife were leaving town and wanted someone to be able to use the passes!) We were certainly grateful for them and to him.

The boat ride was a very relaxing and scenic experience. We'd decided not to get off and on at different villages as it would take too much time so we took photos from the boat. What a beautiful lake!

After the boat ride we wandered to that end of town (not far!), went across a small bridge to a small restaurant whose posted menu appealed to us. I loved my big tossed salad with tuna! The Coffee Americano was a new experience for me: one shot of espresso in a cup (about 1/3 full) served with a small pitcher of warm milk and another of hot water. When I finished adding some milk and water and sugar to the cup it was almost full and quite tasty! (But I still crave a big mug of brewed coffee with real cream!)

The rest of the afternoon we went to two villa gardens. Worth the price of 14 euros for the 2 of them. The first one was especially lovely! Both were terraced and ran along the lake shore. Monastero Villa's path (1 ½ km) wandered through lots of flowers, buildings, statuary, columns, a gazebo, etc. Truly delightful at every turn. The other garden was smaller but still very nice.

As our hotel restaurant was not serving dinner tonight we ate picnic supper in our room, thinking what a special and restful day we had to celebrate seven months of traveling!

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