Let's taste Como Lake

ENJOY COMO LAKE AND ITS TRADITIONAL FOOD BY WALKING IN THE WONDERFUL ATMOSPHERE OF VARENNA AND THE SURROUNDING HILLS, WHERE A PECULIAR MICROCLIMATE ALLOWS OLIVE TREES TO BE GROWN


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  • Reach the village of Varenna by train from Milan; Varenna is located on the eastern shore of Lake Como. Your local expert will wait for you at the train station to take you on a scenic walk on the surrounding hills. You will walk to a typical Crotto (2 hours approximately – 150 meters difference in altitude) along a stretch of the Leonardo’s trail known as “Sentiero del Viandante” (walk farer trail). The path goes through olive groves, hamlets, fields, terracing, chestnut woods and ancient villages offering wonderful views and panoramas on Lake Como and the surrounding mountains which are part of the so called Triangolo Lariano, that is the area between the two branches of the lake.

  • The Crotto on the surrounding hills is a traditional place preserving the culture and history of local food. The “crotto” was originally a natural cave where food was kept to age (cheese and wine mainly); nowadays, these caves have been turned into traditional restaurants where meals are prepared using local products such as cold cuts, cheese from the neighboring alpine pastures, vegetables from the garden. A the Crotto there is still a natural pantry behind the dining rooms; here you will also have the chance to visit the olive press and a pollinator garden for bees. At lunch you will taste and enjoy Lake Como traditional cuisine with a stunning view on the lake and learn about the history of the dishes.

  • After lunch, you will walk down to Bellano (40 minutes approximately) to either visit the “Orrido” (optional - a natural gorge formed over the centuries by the flowing waters of the Pioverna river) or take the train back to Milan

  • Inclusions:

  • - Train from Milan to Bellano/Varenna and back
  • - Assistance of an English-speaking local expert
  • - Typical lunch with drinks (water and wine)