We will walk along the “Viandante,” a scenic path used over the centuries to connect Milan to Switzerland. The route offers splendid views of Lake Como, passing through picturesque villages, ancient courtyards and ruins, small mountain churches, terraces with vineyards and olive trees. Well-deserved stops will allow us to contemplate and photograph these breathtaking landscapes.
Schedule for the day
This third stage runs between Varenna and Bellano, offering glimpses of the most enchanting part of Lake Como, the center of the lake. We begin by visiting Varenna, a splendid village among its narrow streets and lakefront, and then climb to the village of Vezio, dominated by its medieval castle. We visit the beautiful medieval castle of Vezio, learning its history. From here we will continue on a gentle up and down between olive groves and exciting viewpoints, see the vestiges of the old ‘water’ funicular that led to the Grand Hotel Regoledo, continue to the famous Orrido di Bellano, a deep and impressive canyon carved over the centuries by the Pioverna River. From here in a few minutes we will be at Bellano station where we will take the train back to Varenna.
- Distance: 9km
- Altitude Gain: 300m.
- Walking Time: 3h
- Meeting Point: Stazione di Varenna
What to bring for the hike
Hiking shoes or hiking boots, water, packed lunch, optional trekking poles, rain and wind protection.
NB: Several water fountains will be found along the trail where you can fill your water bottle.