Saturday, December 26, 2015

Milan To Varenna To Bellagio and Back

Narrow street/alley stairway, Lake Como

Bellagio View

View from Ristorante Vecchia Varenna outdoor seating.

Lake Como, View from the ferry

  Getting to Lake Como from Milan was fairly easy. The Milano Centrale Train Station was less than a 5 minute walk from our Hotel Mythos (we booked our room through We bought our "andata e ritorno" (round trip) tickets for 6,70 euros each for the two of us (26,80 euros total - about $30). The regional Trenord train would take us from Milan to the Varenna-Esino station. We validated our tickets before boarding our train; more about this in another post, but always be sure to validate your train tickets prior to boarding or you could be in for a BIG fine of 50 euros! It was a nice one hour trip with some beautiful mountain and lake views.
  We arrived at the Varenna-Esino station at 9:30 in the morning. The town of Varenna and the waterfront was an easy 5 minute walk down the hill from the station. Just follow the signs. The ferry ticket booth was our first stop. Round trip tickets to Bellagio cost about 10,40 euro for two. Since we had about an hour wait for the next ferry, we found a cute little place for coffee (please see the previous post).
  What a beautiful boat ride it was under a clear sky with the temperature near 65 degrees! Though we were cautioned that there might not be restaurants open past the first week of November, there were several open in Varenna and Bellagio right on the waterfront. Much of Bellagio is built into a hill providing for some ancient stone stairways in the narrow alleys between streets. We enjoyed walking the stairways to the opposite side of the town where sailboats were nestled near the shore. After checking out the town's restaurant menus, we boarded the ferry back to Varenna for lunch.
   The place we chose for Debbie's birthday lunch was the cozy Vecchia Varenna Ristorante right at the water's edge. The moderately priced menu was just a bit too gourmet for me, but we both were able to choose wine, antipasti and entrees that we liked.  Our waiter was also kind enough to bring our shared dessert with a single birthday candle for Debbie. Here is my Tripadvisor review.
   We ended the birthday celebration with a glass of wine and snacks ( 3 euros per glass) at L'Orso Pub & Osteria, once again seated outside enjoying the beautiful lakefront view. At the end of this wonderful and relaxing day on Lake Como, we walked back to the train station for the trip back to Milan.

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