The start of our day trip from Milan to Lake Como ended up being drizzly overcast and cold.
The weather changed after lunch which gave us a different perspective of Lake Como. We planned on taking the train to Varenna then a ferry to Bellagio and another ferry to Como and finally a train back to Milan. When people say this is too much to do in one day, listen to them. We found out the hard way.
We had a full day planned touring Lake Como. When we left the hotel it was pouring. We had on our rain coats and brought an umbrella. It was raining so hard, we still got soaked walking one block to the metro entrance from Hotel Berna. You can reach the train station using the underground tunnel connected to the metro.
After arriving at the train station we purchased our ticket for Varenna from the ticket machines.
We bought second class tickets on the 8:20 train.
TIP: Save your money and purchase second class tickets as there is not much difference between first and second class.
Seating was not an issue as there were not many people on the train for a rainy Saturday morning.
TIP: Sit on the left hand side for maximum lake views.
It continued raining until we reached Varenna. It takes about an hour to arrive at the Varenna-Esino station. It was now drizzling off and on when we left the train station. It was very damp and cold. I was glad I had dressed in layers. There were not many people around.
Leaving the train station we walked to the left to a set of stairs. J knew right where to go, as he had done his research before our trip. If you are not familiar with how to use Google street view to help you get around, you can read this post here.
The steps take you down to the street and then go right which will take you to town.
We walked by the Fiumelatte which is Italy shortest river and eventually dumps into Lake Como. It was really pretty.
When we arrived at the visitor information center it was not open. We ended up walking around and exploring on our own as there were not very many people out.
We found the ferry station, where we checked to see what time the next ferry left to Bellagio.
We had over an hour before the next ferry departed. We made our way to the walking path to the shops along the waterfront. It was a very dreary day in Varenna.
It was a pretty walk, but would have been much nicer if it had been sunny.
There were lots of stairs, which took you to the upper section of town.
We still did not see very many people out.
Nothing was open and there was not much to do. We ended up taking the steps back down to the waterfront and headed to the ferry.
There were plenty of cafes to enjoy the view, but it was not a good day for our trip to Varenna.
We finally returned to the ferry and purchased our tickets to Bellagio. It’s a very short ride to Bellagio from Varenna. Again, this would be a beautiful ride on a sunny day.
As we traveled along the lake, it looked like the clouds were trying to burn off.
Just maybe the sun would come out for us to enjoy Bellagio.