Photos to Inspire Your Trip to Varenna, Italy

Arriving to Varenna by ferry

In case you need more reasons to add Varenna, Italy to your itinerary here are some Lake Como pictures to inspire you to explore further into this beautiful region. We only did a short day trip to Varenna while in Lake Como because of the rain, but I was able to capture quite a bit of its charm.

Arriving by ferry to Varenna

We stayed in Bellagio during our visit, but one “must” on my list was to take a ferry from Bellagio to Varenna and capture the town from the water.

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Rainy days in Varenna, Italy

As I mentioned, it was pouring rain the day we were heading out, but that sure didn’t stop us. The ferry ride was short and our time in Lake Como was limited so we had to make it happen. And now that I look back at it, the rain made for some pretty cool photos!

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I just grabbed my colorful umbrella and made the most of my time because that truly is the best thing you can do while traveling. Can’t let a little bit of rain ruin a trip, right?

Rainy days in Varenna

Bellagio to Varenna Ferry

There are other ways to get to Varenna from Bellagio, but I recommend the ferry. You’ll see the boats docked near the center of Bellagio (can’t miss them) and you can buy your tickets in person near the boats. The ride is only 10-15 minutes long, and seeing this when you first arrive in Varenna is unreal. Get your cameras ready!

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Lake Como Tours from Milan

If you’re not planning to stay in Lake Como but still want to see its beauty, consider a day trip from Milan! This 10.5-hour tour offers a luxe bus to the town of Como from Milan. Then you take a cruise in Lake Como by private boat and get a chance to explore both Bellagio and Varenna. Click here for pricing.

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We had limited time in Lake Como, so we only spent a few hours in Varenna. Plus, though the rain is beautiful it made it hard to wander the streets for too long. I do recommend more than 2 days in Lake Como to explore all it has to offer. Lake Como has several towns that we didn’t even get to visit because of our time limits.

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She’s gorgeous, isn’t she?

Streets of Varenna Italy

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  • Reply Anonymous December 7, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    What time of year was this?!

    • Reply Lily December 7, 2021 at 10:17 pm

      It was end of May!

  • Reply Chelsea June 27, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Wow this place looks breathtaking! I’m definitely adding it to my bucket list!


  • Reply Momma To Go June 17, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    I literally just took this same ferry ride back at the end of March. We were staying in Lecco, with my cousin and then took the ferry over to Varenna to do a cooking class (links to all that on my site, beautiful pics. funny thing too, the weather on the day we went was the same!

    • Reply This Darling World June 17, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Funny that it was the same weather! It almost stopped us from going, but I’m so glad we made it happen!

  • Reply In Between Pictures June 17, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    I almost went there last month but ended in Tuscany instead. Maybe next time I will visit Lake Como and Venice! I need a year to explore Italy lol

    • Reply This Darling World June 17, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Tuscany is incredible too though. I totally need years in Italy too lol!

  • Reply Second City Mom June 17, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    This place looks so dreamy! Definitely on my list!

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