Trip Report by Mel & Karen Ray
Goal of the day ... enjoy Varenna ... a very picturesque fishing village almost directly across the Lake from Bellagio. There are many more boat departures from Bellagio than Lezzeno, so each time we want a boat we make the drive to Bellagio ... there is a problem though ... parking is a challenge and yesterday we parked where we should have paid ... didn't know ... came back to find a parking ticket ... took the ticket this morning to the post office to pay fine ... $37.70 (education can be expensive !)
You'll fall in love with Varenna ... we guarantee it !!! ... it's a shame we cannot include pictures because we feel this is the prettiest, most romantic village we have seen on Lake Como. Walked the cobblestone passages throughout the village and up through the castle to main square & church ... definitely 'story-book' ... wonder why the village has not been a movie location ???
Appetite up, so a stop at an outdoor cafe sitting on a deck overlooking the Lake and watching a young Italian family (Mom, Pop, 2 daughters) playing along the lake edge and feeding ~20 wild ducks that stopped in for lunch ... also, some small fishing boats tied up near by. The village beauty, the wine, the heavy lake fog, the kids playing, the chilly day, the still lake ... get the picture ... makes one not want to get up to head home ! ... but, eventually, we did.
Time to pack for departure tomorrow morning ... decided to keep it simple and go for dinner at the hotel restaurant ... not the best decision as the meal did not meet our expectation.