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Location: Olcio

Day 1 - 4 Jun 2022

Via Guiseppe Verdi

Olcio, Via Guiseppe Verdi

Content: Staying in a small town and commuting to the popular towns by train/ferry is a great option to avoid crowds and cut back on costs. We stayed in a lovely town called Olcio but perhaps a bit too small as it didn’t have any supermarkets, only one restaurant, and trains were infrequent. If you have a car, not an issue as larger towns like Mandello del Lario and Varenna are just minutes away by car. If you rely on trains (as we did), it can be a real setback with infrequent train schedules that only start operating at noon. Traveling on foot is an option (around 40 mins) but can feel a bit dangerous without pedestrian lanes/curbsides on some of the roads.

Olcio

Olcio, Olcio

Content: Walk around to explore the town and take in the gorgeous views. Stop off at Gelateria Rolly for a coffee and a gelato!

Location: Varenna

Day 1 - 4 Jun 2022

Varenna

Varenna, Varenna

Content: Catch a train to Varenna. A lovely town but packed to the brim with tourists. Stop off at the Botanical Garden.

Location: Mandello del Lario

Day 1 - 4 Jun 2022

Lido Mandello del Lario

Mandello del Lario, Lido Mandello del Lario

Content: Relax on the beach

Ristorante & Pizzeria Grigna

Mandello del Lario, Ristorante & Pizzeria Grigna
Mandello del Lario, Ristorante & Pizzeria Grigna

Content: Spaghetti vongole was excellent. Pizzas looked good too.

Location: Abbadia Lariana

Day 2 - 5 Jun 2022

Sentiero del Viandante

Abbadia Lariana, Sentiero del Viandante
Abbadia Lariana, Sentiero del Viandante

Content: The wanderer’s path. To start in Olcio, the path isn’t clearly marked. So we followed the Olcio circular trail until we merged onto the Sentiero del Viandante

Sentiero del Viandante

Abbadia Lariana, Sentiero del Viandante

Content: The trail is split into six stages - we completed the path from Olcio to Lierna.

Location: Lierna

Day 2 - 5 Jun 2022

Lierna

Lierna, Lierna

Content: Wander the streets of this gorgeous town. Our favorite of the towns we visited. With a huge plus of having a ferry station (with virtually no queues!) that connects to the popular towns.

Location: Bellagio

Day 2 - 5 Jun 2022

Bellagio

Bellagio, Bellagio

Content: Take a ferry to Bellagio. Wander around and stop off for a meal or snack. Note that it’s the most expensive of the towns in the area.

Location: Olcio

Day 3 - 6 Jun 2022

Olcio beach

Olcio, Olcio beach

Content: Relaxed start to the day

Location: Lierna

Day 3 - 6 Jun 2022

Il Crotto

Lierna, Il Crotto
Lierna, Il Crotto

Content: Incredible lunch at an authentic local restaurant

Spiaggia Di Lierna

Lierna, Spiaggia Di Lierna

Content: Beach time

Il Crotto

Lierna, Il Crotto

Content: It was SO good we had to go back for dinner

Location: Olcio

Day 3 - 6 Jun 2022

Gelateria Rolly

Olcio, Gelateria Rolly

Content: One final gelato. Obsessed with this licorice flavor