A visit to Lake Como is not complete without a boat trip! While you can basically get on a boat from almost any of the villages along the lake, we decided to drive up to Menaggio and do some “village hopping” between Menaggio, Bellagio, and Varenna. These towns are located in the middle of the lake and this is also where the boats are the most frequent and you can easily experience these famous towns within a day.
Bellagio is likely the most famous of these villages as it’s also where famous people such as George Clooney, have a house. For me, the most memorable moments from Bellagio were visiting the lakeside terraces of a fancy hotel with stunning views to the lake, and walking on the side of the lake on a short promenade. The alleys in the town are nice as well and were also where I got my first gelato of the day, but I somehow still liked Varenna better.
Our next stop was Varenna. For me, Varenna felt much more authentic and welcoming, and it also had more restaurants by the lake which is why we had chosen to have our lunch there: even as a foodie I still like my food best when served with a great view! And actually my most memorable moment in Varenna is related to food as that is where we had food with the best view while in Italy. About this you can read more my post about restaurants around Lake Como.
All in all, we had an amazing day boating at Lake Como and would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting the area. While Bellagio with is “celebrity status” is the most famous of these villages, I personally liked Varenna better. But both are definitely worth a visit and perfect places to spend time admiring the amazing views of the lake and wandering on the tiny alleys full of shops. For boat schedules: click here.