The Essential
Nestled among gardens and cypress trees, Varenna is a charming town built on a small promontory on the shores of Lake Como. As you arrive by boat from Bellagio or Menaggio - a pleasant journey - a village of colourful, tightly-packed houses comes into view. To the left of the ferry landing, a walkway overlooking the shore begins: it leads to gorgeous villas with gardens, and in the heart of the village, where three churches stand on a pretty little square. A captivating port of call.

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Michelin's recommendations for Varenna

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An escapade to the Italian lakes

Fancy a romantic weekend? The Italian lake district offers an idyllic combination of nature and culture. A perfect climate, superlative landscapes, heavenly villas and lakeside leisure activities… From Roman emperors to George Clooney without forgetting Stendhal, these lakes have ever appealed to a discerning elite. So why not you?