Travel theme: Stepping it up in Varenna, Italy

If you live in Varenna, you probably have to get accustomed to steep, but lovely, climbs.

If you live in Varenna, you probably have to get accustomed to steep, but lovely, climbs.

This week’s Travel Theme: Steps from Ailsa who writes the blog Where’s My Backback? reminded us of the many steps we took in Varenna, Italy.  Walking there can be a challenge, if all you’re accustomed to is your fitness routine on even pavement in your neighborhood.  Walks in Varenna are definitely a step up, but when you’re in a beautiful town on Lake Como, you probably don’t mind at all.  Here are some of the steps we took.

After heaving luggage up steep steps, we paused at the doorway of our rental apartment from VRBO to admire this sweet greenhouse nestled above the stone walkway.

Pretty as a picture:  a backyard greenhouse and stone steps in Varenna.

Pretty as a picture: a backyard greenhouse and stone steps in Varenna.

In town, we walked along water’s edge, following the signature red railing along Lake Como.

Following the red railing around Varenna

Stepping out in Varenna

The gardens of Villa Monastero offered even more steps with some leading directly to water’s edge . . .

Steps and statues:  the gardens of Villa Monastero.

Steps and statues: the gardens of Villa Monastero.

and others lined with artfully planted urns.

Concrete urns lining a walkway at Villa Monastero

Concrete urns lining a walkway at Villa Monastero

If you plan a trip to Lake Como, know that you’ll be walking up and down.  But you won’t mind.  You’ll think you’re on stairways to heaven.

More photos are just a step away:  Travel theme: Steps.

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18 Responses to Travel theme: Stepping it up in Varenna, Italy

  1. mixedbaggweb says:

    Beautiful landscape and architecture. Thanks for sharing.

    Share your adventure with us and earn!

    • Thanks so much for taking a look at our blog. We love traveling, seeing new things, meeting new people, and then posting for all to enjoy as well. We may want to share with you on your site. Thanks for the invitation to do so. Best wishes for a great upcoming holiday season.

  2. amykfry says:

    I loved Looking around the gardens to that Villa. In fact i loved Lake Como as a whole!

    • We, too, loved Lake Como; however, Bert lost his backpack in Milan and we spent far too much time trying to get it back. But what we saw on the boat tour has stuck with us — such gorgeous scenery and friendly people!!! Thanks for taking the time to make a comment.

  3. roadtotravel says:

    Awesome post! I had never been here but I really want to go! Have you been in Cinque Terre ? Last month I visited It and I really loved it! If you want to know more check my last post 😊

    • We made it Cinque Terre on a day-long tour that covered briefly all five towns. If I had it to do over again, I’d spend the night in Cinque Terre so I could walk around the villages. So much to see and photography!

  4. restlessjo says:

    True enough! 🙂 🙂 I spent a few happy holidays in the Italian Lakes and never regretted a second of it.

    • I would like to go back sometime. We were helping a couple celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, so much of what we did revolved around their schedule. Next time, I’d like for the two of us to explore more fully. Would love to be there in the fall!

  5. Where steps become an experience in themselves, Rusha, as opposed to just leading you somewhere! And don’t they always make the climb easier? –Curt

  6. What lovely photos. Haven’t been to Lake Como, but we did spend time in Toledo, Spain where it is a constant uphill walk. The locals and even elderly are of course so used to it, they literally glide up the inclines without breaking a sweat.

  7. HesterLeyNel says:

    My poor knees! I can hear them complaining. This is a very good way to stay fit though. Great pictures, as always.

    • And we had that very knee problem! We’re just not accustomed to climbing so much, especially on cobblestone streets. But we were determined to see it all. I truthfully, though, don’t know how the residents do this day after day. They just do, I guess! Thanks for taking a look.

  8. JudyinFrance says:

    I wonder if the people who live in places where they have to go up and down steps all day are a lot thinner that those of us who live and work in flat places.

  9. I remember this place, we took the boat from there to the other island on the lake. This post brings back fond memories. Thank you!

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