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Varenna is an attractive, traditional Italian resort on the eastern shore of Lake Como. The village meanders up the slopes from the waterfront in a series of atmospheric narrow streets. Attractions include the castle which overlooks Varenna and the elegant and scenic gardens of the Villa Cipressi. Varenna is a tranquil and unpretentious resort that offers an excellent base for travelers interested in some invigorating hiking or just taking it easy in lakeside cafes. Hotels.com, an experienced specialist in online accommodation, has partnered with a great selection of Varenna hotels to offer the best value rooms, whatever your preferences or budget requirements. Book Varenna accommodation in advance using the quick and easy Hotels.com reservation system and look forward to a relaxed break in northern Italy.
What's Varenna Like
Varenna's scenic lakeside setting is its main appeal, and the village has an attractive aspect with traditional houses and elegant villas climbing the hillside. The waterfront area features a pretty arcaded walkway and a stone beach on the lake. Varenna also offers a lido for visitors interested in a lake swim. Sightseeing highlights include the Castello di Vezio, the historic fortress, reached by a steep climb above Varenna, and two early medieval churches. The 14th-century Chiesa di San Giorgio and the older Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista are notable for their frescoes. The gardens of the 19th-century villas Cipressi and Monastero are the most flamboyant sights in Varenna, offering lavish, landscaped grounds, scented flower displays, terraces, citrus trees and pavilions, blessed with outstanding views over the lake. Varenna hotels provide a perfect base for exploring the Lake Como area and for day trips to Milan.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Varenna
Although English speaking visitors have been drawn to Lake Como for centuries, English is not spoken everywhere in the village, so it's advisable to prepare a few versatile Italian phrases for everyday dealings in cafes and restaurants. Be careful to respect local customs by dressing modestly when sightseeing in Varenna's churches. Varenna has a train station with regular connections to Milan so car rental is not necessary (and parking can be problematic in summer). It is easy to explore the central area of Lake Como using the passenger ferries. A six day ferry pass is an economical option but one day passes are also available. Use the Hotels.com sight to get further information on Varenna hotels. Our reviews from past guests offer an honest assessment of amenities, while photo galleries and sample room layouts provide details of what to expect from Varenna accommodation.