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Day Trips in and around Lake Como

We are staying 4 nights in Varenna in May. This will be
the "slow" part of our 3 week journey of 2 weeks in Italy
and a week in Paris. Any suggestions for activities, including hikes or special picnic areas in the Lake Como

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Drop by the TI in Varenna near the ferry dock, and they will have a map and some great hikes in and around Varenna. Same holds true for Bellagio too, hit the TI near the dock and there are some great 1-2 hour walks around the local neighborhoods of Bellagio.

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In Varenna, you can walk/hike up to the castle for what I was told are great views. You can also hike up to the cemetery which isn't as far as the castle & I've heard that the views are also great from there. Varenna is very charming and nice to walk around. We also enjoyed walking around Menaggio (across the lake from Varenna & accessible by boat). Do you already have a hotel in Varenna? If not, I can personally suggest Hotel Milano. We got a lake-front room/balcony & the views were increedible. I loved waking up every morning, opening the balcony doors & just staring out onto the lake. Enjoy your trip.

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Would stalking George Clooney be considered an activity?

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Villa Carlotta is across the lake and is definitely worth a visit--nice gardens to walk through. Also the gardens at the monastery in Varenna are very nice. Bellagio is great for shopping.

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Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions. Yes we have a hotel, we are staying at Hotel Olivedo, with a
lake view.