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About Varenna

Varenna old town is one of the few on Lake Como remained almost untouched since last century, called "Pearl of Lake Como" offers to its guests one of the most magnificent views of south and north Lake Como.

The town itself is rich of historic and artistic spots and it's the ideal starting point for your excursions along Lake Como.

Please feel free to ask us how to get to the spots indicated in this page, we'll be happy to help you.

San George church, located in the old town and a few minutes from MonteCodeno, was consacreted in year 1313 and guests San Christopher fresco and a "Cross deposition" on coloured stone, two examples of Middle Ages local art.

Villa Monastero, just a few minutes from MonteCodeno, with her marvellous gardens owns a visit just for the lakeview from the gardens themselves.

Castle Vezio, 20 minutes by walking directly form the street back the hotel, worths a visit only for the breathtaking view from the main tower.
The fortress is surrounded by olive trees and hides subterraneans dated to First World War. Every afternoon the falconer will exhibit the birds of prey.

One the most ancient Christian church on lake Como and artistic treasure, San Giovanni church - located in town centre - is a spot not to be lost on your town visit path.

MilkRiver Spring worths the quite long walking to reach it, when water flows from the spring it seems a milk river runnning to the lake, a real unique spot.

A visit to the "Ornitologic Museum" offers a view on local and migrant species of Lake Como birds, booking is required.

But the most beatiful spot is Varenna itself, enjoy a walk along the promenade exploring lakeview to Lecco branch and Bellagio peninsula or Menaggio coast during the day and towns along the lake sparkling like gems during the late evening.

As Varenna is linked to all major Lake Como towns by ferries and boats you'll surely organize some excursions.

Bellagio is the most known spot and deserves a one day visit just to discover lake promenade, San Giacomo cathedral and magnificent Villas, Villa Melzi d'Eril and its botanical gardens, Villa Serbelloni now property of the Rockefeller foundation and the newly opened Museum of Navigation Historical Instruments.
Bellagio surrounding villages, Pescallo and San Giovanni, are suggested as complementary paths for your excursion.
MonteCodeno Staff suggests guided tour and kayak rentings provided by Bellagio Water Sports - Kayak Club, an expert will guide you to the discovery of Bellagio coast beauties seen from the lake itself.

Menaggio, which is easily reachable by ferry too, offers interesting spots as lake promenade, villas and gardens and suggestive mountain fractions.

Obviously a visit to Como should be on your list as to world wide famous Villa Carlotta and Villa Balbianello.

Ferry approachingSaint George church
Saint George church and bell towerSaint George church gable
View from Villa Monastero GardensVilla Monastero gardens
Central squareOld town hamlet
Typical ascending in old townOld town lake promenade
Boat leavingOld town promenade
Castle Vezio internal wallsNorthern lake seen from Castle Vezio
Bellagio peninsula view from Castle VezioLecco branch of the lake viewed from Castle Vezio
Internal garden at Castle VezioBird of preys exhibition at Castle Vezio
Bellagio

ALBERGO MONTECODENO
LMG Sas di Bartesaghi M.
Via Della Croce, 2
23829 Varenna - Lecco
P.IVA: 03297560132