The timetable for the ferries operating on lake Como is almost incomprehensible, but eventually I worked out that for 12 euro, we could get a One Day Pass to travel on route 3 linking Menaggio, Varenna, Bellagio and Tremezzo. This would make an ideal day out.
Varenna. Varenna stands on a rocky promontory on the eastern shore of Lake Como and from here you can see all three branches of the lake. Narrow, crumbling steps lead steeply to the square and the church of San Giorgio with its 13th century campanile. On the lakeside is the passarella, a scenic walkway hugging the rocks.
It was now 11 o’clock and time for a coffee, but the ferry was due. We had done our sightseeing so decided to catch the ferry to Menaggio.
Menaggio. Coffee was now our priority and we stopped off at one of the many bars and cafes that line the waterfront. We walked along the promenade lined with flowers to reach a statue dedicated to the silk workers. Como is famous for its silk and 75% of Europe’s silk comes from the area. Leaving the waterfront we walked through the narrow streets before having lunch at a bar in the square.
We now headed back to Tremezzo. As we approached on the ferry we could see the grand hotels from the Belle Epoque that line the waterfront and that used to attract famous guests. From the ferry terminal we strolled along the colourful promenade back to our hotel in Cadenabbia.
A great day out, time for a beer.