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Varenna

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  • Day13

    Afternoon trip on Lake Como

    July 2 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Today we took the ferry to Bellagio and Varenna again. It was lovely and cool on the water and we returned to a beautiful cafe on the waterfront to have dinner before returning home by train and walking the 2km up the hill to our apartment.

  • Day8

    Day trip to Bellagio and Varenna

    June 27 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 36 °C

    Today we took the ferry on Lake Como to Bellagio and then on to Varenna. The forecast temperature for today was 38 deg with a ‘feels like’ temp of 43, so we decided to stay by the water for the entire day, enjoying a swim in a couple of different locations. We survived the heat pretty well but it was incredibly hot and humid away from the cool waters of the lake.Read more

  • Day12

    Varenna

    August 28 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Up for breaky. We head to the dock and collect an all day ticket for the lake.

    With an hour to spare I took Athena to the beauty parlor, where my pedicure was done. Athena needs her brows waxed. I had left my mobile behind at the dock, and thought shit!
    The lady had it though. Thank god.

    We hit the shuttle boat with umbrella's in hand. It is overcast and raining with thunder overhead.
    We sit at the side windows and the view is sublime.

    Slow cruising with the towns passing by.
    I wish to see Villa Balbianello in the town of Lenno, where Anakin wed Padme in secret, but find out it is closed Wednesdays 😔
    So we continue to Varenna. The boat is truly hypnotic and we just stare out at the water, hills and cascading earthenware villas whilst being gently rocked.

    We stop at Varenna at 2.10pm. It is a pretty town with views across to Bellagio and Menaggio.

    A bit of jewellery shopping. I buy a bracelet with pink, purple and aqua stones. We have a late lunch on the river at Nilus Bar.

    Athena is having the drowned octopus 🐙 soup and I the tagliatelle with bacon.🥓 and parmesan. Athena tells me her drowned octopus is absolutely delicious and she also ordered her favourite food chippies nom nom.

    One thing I have noticed is that we are yet to eat indoors. The weather in Europe is devine.

    We walk upwards through rounded stone pathways toward the Villa Monestery. We go into an ancient church with rock pillars. It is a fairytale town with ivy hanging over everything.

    We head back to the dock about 6.30pm. I grab a gelati and we catch the slow boat again, this time we sit outside and just meditate on the blissful scenery.

    Athena and I play 80's pop quiz's. And a young couple quip in and play.

    Get back at 8.30pm and head off to bed. Doing nothing is tiring.
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  • Day4

    Day 4 Varenna

    November 16, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Varenna is an hour's journey by train from Milan through picturesque countryside. It is a quaint little town on Lake Como.
    We were met by the warmest Nona called Tosca at Tosca b&b then had a romantic lunch alfresco at the Varenna Cafe. The scenery is breathtaking.
    We then hiked up to the Castello to work off the lunch.

    Musings on Milan

    Many have commented, even criticised Milan for being plain, drab or even dull. Although seen to be the glamour capital of Italy, the actual city has often paled to Florence, Venice and Rome.

    When we arrived in Milan, our first stop in Italy, we were wary from the warnings of a dirty, boring, plain, drab city where people are arrogant and discourteous. What we experienced was the exact opposite. There was an abundance of graffiti, but the paths were clean. Despite the many dogs, there was a delightful lack of their poops. The buildings around Sant Ambrogio where our accommodation had plain facades, but many hid beautiful gardens, like 7 Via Cappuccio. The churches may seem non descript and boring on the exterior, but hid frescoes and art that would stand proud in any major gallery. The guide from our walking tour told us that Milan is a great example of never judging a book by it's cover. To see Milan, one needs curiosity to peer behind the drab walls, have the imagination to picture the treasurers behind a heavily graffitied building, and smile at the people around.

    The people of Milan are gracious and kind and warm. The waiters happily indulge our questions and translate the menu, the doorman happily led us into a private garden and left us to enjoy it for as long as we wanted. People waited by patiently whilst I took a photo before continuing on their journey, and noone growled at me for bumping into them when not keeping right, or just walking and looking at everything else but where I'm going. For all their indulgence of an awestruck and clumsy traveller, for all their hidden beauty and treasures, and for the wondrous Duomo that drips upside down, we say that Milan is marvelous. Thank you Marvelous Milan.
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  • Day4

    Dinner Ristorante Il Caminetto, Gittana

    November 16, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Morena, the chef owner of Ristorante Il Caminetto is the 8th (and last) generation in an unbroken line of chefs. "When we were second generation cooking, Captain Cook just thinking of going to Australia" was the history he told us on the drive from Varenna to Gitanna. As the restaurant in Gitanna de Perledo is a 10 minutes drive up the mountain, free transfer from Varenna is offered.

    On arrival, we were settled in front of an open fireplace whilst more wood was fed into the slow combustion heater at the other corner of the room. We were the only guests in the restaurant that evening, and the restaurant was set as it would be for a full night. A board of 3 scoops - pate, gorgonzola blue, and ham spread, was complementary "for your waiting" smiled Moreno. Accompanied it was char grilled bread, smokey but not toasted dry. As we could not decide on hors d'oeuvre, we had a serve of the Complete Assortment to share. What a generous portion it was, with a large board of cold cut prosciutto, salami, coppa, and another like speck. There were also other small dishes of warm bacon with oregan, and the flavoursome Lombardy lard served on warm buckwheat toast. For mains we had lake fish, grilled with a crunchy crumbed top, and veal with Lombardy sauce. Both dishes cooked without any fuss, but the flavours and textures were sublime. As we were so full, dessert was a shared lemon and mint sorbet. Of course, house made. The complimentary limoncello at the end was a burst of bitter lemon, a completely different lemon experience to the sorbet.

    Dinner was such a wonderful experience, we're booked to return tonight.
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  • Day2

    Ferry on Lago di Como

    September 8 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Vi skippade bergen och tar en färjetur istället. Alla passen är stängda pga snöfall.

  • Day1

    Varenna, Italy

    May 18, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    Thursday, June 8, 2017 - Lunch

    Varenna’s sunny position facing south offers an amazing panorama over one of the most beautiful sections of Lake Como, with Bellagio in front and Menaggio to the right. It’s one of the best preserved medieval centers of the entire lake area, with its charming, steep cobblestone streets, porticos and historic churches.
    Start your visit to Varenna with a promenade along the waterfront. It is all very picturesque: with its colorful houses set on the side of Lake Como and its little alleyways running up from the shore – a reminder of its fishing-village origins – its attraction for visitors is obvious. There is even a small stony beach and a couple of ice cream shops on the waterfront
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