Villa Monastero

Varenna Tasting Tour & Gardens of Villa Monastero on Lake Como, Lake Como


Discover the charming lakeside town of Varenna with its grand Villa Monastero, and taste some of the best local products, such as wine and cheese. You'll start with a quick, 20-minute ferry from Bellagio. As you glide across the water, admire the natural scenery, enjoy the colorful harbors, and listen to your guide explain the history of Varenna. 

For many, Varenna is Lake Como’s hidden gem. This compact and photogenic city dates back to the 8th century, revealing ancient cobblestone alleys and endless views over the lake and its surrounding mountains. Varenna will welcome you with trendy waterfront restaurants, a charming harbor, and twisting medieval lanes. 

Less crowded and touristy than other towns on Lake Como, you’ll enjoy the Passeggiata Degli Innamorati, the Varenna Walk of Lovers. As you meander the streets and alleyways, you’ll stop to taste Italian wines and cheeses at two different locations. Then enjoy a traditional Aperitivo (drink and light snacks) with the locals.

The tour ends with a visit to Villa Monastero’s beautiful botanical gardens. Enjoy a relaxing moment in front of the lake and admire the variety of exotic plants adorning the villa.

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