Our Varenna Visit

Trip Start Sep 26, 2011
Trip End Oct 25, 2011

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Flag of Italy  , Lombardy,
Monday, October 10, 2011

Our lake Como adventure started with a visit to the small town of Varenna. This quaint little lakeside community was the perfect introduction to our tour of the Italian lakes. As Rick Steves puts it "there's wonderfully little to do here". That suits us just fine. Our drive up from Lecco was somewhat "twisty turny" to use a technical term but pretty gentle compared to our drive from Florence to Bologna. Upon arrival John's main objective was to find reasonably priced parking (i.e. free). So it was off to the train station which was a little walk from the centre of town but as I'm sure everyone will agree well worth the price. While at the train station we decided to use the public washroom facilities. Well… they were primitive to say the least. We then walked down to the village and were not disappointed as we experienced a lakeside walk called the "passerella" which clings to the waterfront and allows one to experience the village and Lake Como at the same time. During our walk we were approached by a couple from Calgary and had a rather interesting talk about the fortunes of our respective NHL teams in the upcoming season. Bidding the Calgarians adieu, we made our way to Varenna’s Piazza San Giorgio where four churches face the town square. We decided to have a rest and enjoyed cappuccinos as we watched the “human river” go by.  We then visited the Church of San Giorgio and the smaller, and less travelled, Church of San Giovanni Batista. A careful walk down steep steps brought us back to the “passerella” and after a few minutes we decided it was lunch time. So we sat outside of the romantic Old World Hotel Olivedo located adjacent to the ferry terminal. As we enjoyed our midday meal we watched more of the “human river” go by and discussed the weather with a German couple from Munich.  The trip home took us through some of the longest car tunnels that we have ever experienced.  Safely home we enjoyed another great meal at our hotel’s Terrazza Manzoni ristorante overlooking the lights of Lecco. Tomorrow it’s off to Bellagio, I wonder if the fountains are working?
John and Pat

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