Nestled between the rugged foothills of the Alps and the deep, cerulean waters of Lake Como lies the comune of Varenna, Italy. Only an hour’s journey north of Milan, Varenna’s idyllic natural setting has drawn visitors from the bustle of the big city for centuries. Evocative old buildings in shades of ochre, umber, and saffron line Varenna’s labyrinthine cobblestone alleyways. Poking high above the terracotta-tiled roofline is the steeple of San Giorgio parish church, which was consecrated back in 1313. A lovely promenade wends its way along the shoreline, passing stately villas and manicured gardens. Varenna is only a fifteen-minute ferry ride from the more well-known resort of Bellagio, but its stunning scenery and peaceful solitude make it the perfect lakeside retreat.
Michael Figueiredo is a freelance travel writer based in Los Angeles, California. When he’s not gallivanting around the world, he’s enjoying the laid-back lifestyle and perfect weather of Southern California. So far he’s visited forty countries and territories on five continents. His goal is to see at least one new country every year! Michael Figueiredo is a newly-minted travel writer based in Los Angeles, California. When he's not gallivanting around the world, he's enjoying the laid-back lifestyle and perfect weather of Southern California. So far he’s visited 36 countries and territories and hopes to see at least one new place every year. He recently traveled to Italy, Croatia, and Turkey with day trips to Montenegro and San Marino. This year he hopes to travel to Cuba! Read more from this author