We had just one day in Lake Como, which is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. A three-hour drive took us from Lake Garda to Varenna, on the eastern shore of Lake Como.
My first visit here did not disappoint. Heavily visited and very touristy, Varenna is still a wonderful little town. Its ancient, narrow alleyway-type streets twist and turn uphill from the lake into the mountains, and it is chock full of cute photo ops.
While there isn’t much to “do” per se, it’s a great area to walk around and take in the views.
Lake Como to Switzerland
We used Lake Como as our gateway to Switzerland. To complete the day, we took the car ferry from Varenna across the lake to Menaggio, which afforded us more beautiful views of the lakeside towns. From the hills of Menaggio, at the right time of year, you can get an exquisite view of a church steeple through tropical vegetation, the lake, Varenna on the other side of the lake, and the snow-capped mountains beyond Varenna.
The ferry was just 24 euros (for our car plus three adults), and saved us a ton of time as we didn’t have to drive around the lake. 5FT Tip: Stock up on gas and groceries on the cheaper Italian side of the border. It look us less than an hour and a half to drive from Lake Como to Switzerland (to Locarno, our first destination in Switzerland, to be exact).
** Photos from our one day in Lake Como by David M Gallo Photography **