We would like to suggest that you discover Varenna by walking along the alleys and the lakeside promenade, discovering little by little what this jewel is timidly hidden on Lake Como.
Following a route fee and points of interest I obviously need to provide the following suggestions:
The Medieval Church of San Giorgio, in the main square of the town, probably of architectural origin from the Romanesque period, presumable from the bell tower, then remodeled before the beginning of the Gothic period, it contains frescoes from the 14th century, some pollutants and a valuable altarpiece.
The Church of San Giovanni Battista, one of the most ancient buildings of Lake Como, has several frescoes and a valuable altar wing, the Romanesque bell tower remained devoid of bells until the 18th century.
Villa Monastero: born from the transformation of an ancient Cistercian female monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary and built at the end of the 12th century, the Villa saw the succession of different owners – from the Valsassina citizens Mornico to the German Walter Kees, finally reaching the Milan citizen De Marchi di Swiss origins (to which the Multifunctional Hall of Varenna is named) – which was responsible for the expensive construction and renovation works that over time gave it its current appearance as an eclectic residence.
In 1939 it was donated to the state, by the De Marchi in fact, with the obligation to keep it and use it for cultural institutions of public benefit; so it was that fourteen years later, in 1953, the congress center was built, which still today hosts cultural and scientific conferences, among which we remember the summer courses of the prestigious Italian School of Physics.
- Botanical Garden: open every day from 10 to 17
- Casa Museo: open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 17 (ticket office will close 45 minutes earlier than the closing time of the Villa)
The online ticket sales service for the Botanical Garden and the House Museum is active through the Vivaticket channel.
Vlla Cipressi: founded around 1400 and remodeled until 1800, now owned by the Municipality of Varenna and home to important conferences and congresses.
The botanical garden is open every day from 10.00 / 17.00 (ticket office closes 45 minutes earlier than the closing time of the Villa)
Remember also the Scanagatta Ornithological Museum with its small but important collection.
Ending a walk along the lakefront to discover the numerous refined shops, bars and restaurants and the walk of lovers, a short pedestrian path that leads from the Varenna pier to the town center.
A few hundred meters along a cantilevered walkway over the water, to be covered while admiring the lake and its mountains, to reach the small village, with its colorful houses perched at the foot of the rocky wall, on the top of which stands the Vezio Castle.