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No other place would be as fitting to feature its very own Walk of Lovers as Varenna, this photogenic jewel in Northern Italy.
Founded in 769 by local fishermen and then destroyed by the enemy forces of neighboring Como in 1126, Varenna is now a peaceful slice of heaven on earth with nothing to remind you of its troubled past. Home to a medieval fortress that overlooks the pretty town from its dramatic hilltop location, the beautiful riverside Passeggiata degli Innamorati - the Walk of Lovers - and the picturesque Riva Grande bay, Varenna is a bijou town dotted with elegant villas and glorious gardens.
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Yet Varenna isn't just about its good looks and mesmerizing flower scents. For travelers keen on delving into the essence of the town and its culture, Varenna also offers a culinary trip to remember with traditional restaurants serving local dishes, most of which are based on fish caught from Lake Como's waters. On the other hand, for natural-born explorers, Varenna is the ideal base from where to set off on a journey to discover the charms of Lake Como and around.

Things to do in Varenna

Varenna is so beautiful that the best way to explore it is on foot. Wander around the romantic villas and lush gardens, and stroll along the famed Walk of Lovers before you get carried away by the stunning views of Lake Como that unfold before your eyes. Yet, there's more magic waiting for you outside this bijou town. From Varenna, you can explore other towns around Lake Como or enjoy a private day trip to Lake Maggiore, Milan, or Lugano. For wine lovers and foodies, there are also winery and food tours available. Another experience you shouldn't miss while in Varenna is a ride on the scenic Alpine train, the iconic Bernina Express.
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