Things to do in Varenna

Our most recommended things to do in Varenna

From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Day Tour

1. From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Day Tour

Enjoy a memorable full-day trip by luxury bus to Lake Como, world famous for its beautiful villas and gardens. You’ll have a chance to admire the 3 branches of the lake, each with different landscapes. Stop in the town of Como for a walking tour of the city center and a visit to the neoclassical Villa Olmo and its lovely Italian garden. Next, take a relaxing cruise on the lake by private boat, and enjoy the spectacular views. Visit the colorful villages of Bellagio and Varenna. Take a walk along narrow cobblestoned streets and enjoy the charming surroundings.

From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Guided Day Trip

2. From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Guided Day Trip

Marvel at the stunning mountain scenery around Lake Como on a guided day tour from Milan. Marvel at the Mediterranean and Alpine scenery on a summer boat cruise to Bellagio Island and Varenna, or ride the steep cogwheel line to the mountainside town of Brunate in winter. Begin your journey by bus and travel directly from Milan to Como. Join your guide on a walking tour to discover Como Cathedral and other historical gems. In summer, hop on a ferry along the lake and listen to a live commentary highlighting top villas, gardens, and other sites. Disembark at Bellagio, regarded as one of the most beautiful and idyllic towns in the region, and enjoy 2 hours of free time. Relax and savor a regional meal at one of the local restaurants. Board another ferry to the colorful Varenna. Stroll through the cobblestone corridors of this picturesque village and feel the charm of its tranquil streets. In winter, take a panoramic funicular ride to Brunate village. Enjoy time to explore this quaint village perched on a mountain and soak up the dramatic views of the lake and valleys below. Finally, board your bus back to Milan where you can sit back and take advantage of the onboard Wi-Fi to share your photos of the day’s unforgettable memories.

Varenna: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

3. Varenna: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Arrive at the home of your expert host for a memorable private dining experience where you will taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian mothers. During an exclusive cooking demonstration, feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as your host shares the secrets of her family cookbook while preparing the dishes right in front of you. Once the end result is ready, sit at an authentic Italian dining table and enjoy your 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert.

From Milan: Lago di Como Private Tour

4. From Milan: Lago di Como Private Tour

Enjoy a private tour to the Lago di Como for eight hours with a private tour guide for two hours and a private luxury vehicle with chauffeur that will pick you up and drop-off from your hotel in Milan or place of preference inside the city. Once your private chauffeur has picked you up, you will go ahead with your tour guide to your destination. In this tour you will have the opportunity to discover the Lago di Como, known for being one of the deepest lakes in Europe and the third largest in Italy. Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, you can admire many subtropical plants that grow there. If you wish, the tour offers an exclusive boat ride on the waters of the lake. It will be a perfect opportunity for you to completely relax and enjoy the majestic scenery from another perspective. Plus, while you sail on the water of the lake, you will be able to visit the closest cities such as Como, Bellagio, Tremezzo and Varenna. At the end of the tour, your private chauffeur will return you to your hotel in Milan or place of preference inside the city.

Varenna: Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook

5. Varenna: Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook

Make a beautiful meal and a beautiful memory with a market tour and home-cooked dinner hosted by a local chef. Arrive at the home of your expert cook. Explore the market and shop like a local. Learn how to recognize the best produce. Afterward, return to your host’s home and enjoy a private cooking demonstration. Gain insight into Italian cuisine as your host reveals the secrets of her family’s cookbook. Watch as a delicious meal is prepared before your eyes. Once the food is ready, sit down at an authentic Italian dinner. Enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with a side dish, and dessert. Chat with your host as you share a delicious meal together. Enjoy a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, as well as an after-dinner coffee. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

Varenna: Market Tour and Home Cooking Class with Meal

6. Varenna: Market Tour and Home Cooking Class with Meal

Go shopping in the vibrant local market with a friendly host, and learn how to recognize the best produces of Italy. After you buy some fresh ingredients, you'll head straight to your host's home for an immersive cooking session. Learn how to prepare three of the most authentic local recipes and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by a selection of local wines. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients required to make the dishes. Experience the warmth of Italian hospitality and return home with something more than just souvenirs — classic Italian cooking knowledge that will stay with you for life.

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What people are saying about Varenna

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,309 reviews

Patrizia and Luca welcomed us into their beautiful home and shared stories from their lives and their country as generously as they shared their delicious food. Our dinner with them was our favourite experience in our lake Como visit. Grazie e a presto!

Our guide was very thorough and helpful. The transit with the bus and the lake cruise were very smooth. I hope we would be able to stay a little more on each place but that would not be possible if you want to see the most. Highly recommended

Great trip. Great tour guide. No need to walk around lake Como at end of day when everyone had enough.

The trip was great, we had the chance to explore very beautiful places, it was enriching experience.

Really nice tour. The guide was kind and explain well. I recommend it