My must see would definitely be Villa Carlotta. The house is dreamy, the gardens amazing, and from there you can walk along the Lake and enjoy.
Varenna is a mediaeval town with alleys rising from the lake – A fjord, very lovely. You could walk from the harbour to the town square. Varenna has a charming Passerella – A (flat) lakeside promenade connecting the harbour to the old town. The alleys from the promenade up to the square have many steps and are a steep climb.
Varenna’s medieaval town square has four churches. Castello di Vezio is Varenna’s ruined castle sitting on a hill above town and the lakeside gardens of Villa Cipressi and Villa Monastero (along the road) are enchanting.
For a relatively small town, Varenna has some excellent restaurants. There are restaurants at the habour (Olivedo) and along the promenade (Vecchia Varenna).
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