The week ahead is a balance of walking, new learning, reflection and wonderful food and experiences.
Saturday June 16th
Arrive in Varenna during the afternoon. You will be welcomed at the train station and transferred to Villa Monastero.
The afternoon is free for you to settle in, rest or explore the gardens of Villa Monastero and marvel at the views.
Late in the afternoon we will gather to meet for introductions (and surprises) followed by orientation walk in the village.
Our Welcome Dinner tonight will be at La Contrada
Sunday June 17th
After breakfast in the village we will walk to Fiumelatte, Italy’s shortest river.
Our morning workshop will be held at Villa Monastero in the Polvani room.
Enjoy lunch (own cost) and a siesta in the early afternoon.
Later we will walk up to Vezio to explore Castello di Vezio (dating from 1100’s)
Dinner at Albergo Del Sole
Monday June 18th
After breakfast we will have a short walk in the forest before being collected and transported to Gitana, a nearby village a little
way up the mountain, for a lunchtime cooking lesson with Moreno of Il Caminetto.
Late afternoon workshop in the garden at Villa Monastero.
Dinner is at your own cost although you are not likely to need a large meal.
Tuesday June 19th
After breakfast and a morning workshop at Villa Monastero (Polvani room) catch the ferry to Menaggio on the far side of the lake. Lunch at your own cost in Menaggio.
Walk up to the Chiesa di S. Martino tucked in the side of the mountain above Griante and take in the spectacular views of the lake.
The remainder of the afternoon is free. Return to Varenna by ferry.
Dinner will be at La Plantano in Fiumelatte.
Wednesday June 20th
After breakfast we will walk the forest paths towards Fiumelatte and our morning workshop will be held outdoors.
Mid morning travel by ferry to Isola Comacina, the only island in Lake Como, for a traditional lunch and walk around the island, returning to Varenna in the late afternoon.
The evening is at your leisure (you are unlikely to need much dinner tonight either).
Thursday June 21st
After breakfast and a morning workshop at Villa Monastero in the Polvani room have a light lunch (at own cost) before we walk along the side of the mountain, through forest and past old stone cottages into Bellano, the next village along the lake edge.
Refresh with afternoon tea at the Pasticceria Maglia Simone before returning to Varenna by train.
Dinner will be at Il Molo on the lake front.
Friday June 22nd
After breakfast our last workshop will be held in the Polvani room at Villa Monastero.
The rest of the day is at your leisure (own cost). You may want to explore or shop in Bellagio, or visit the gardens of Villa Culotta or Villa Melzi, or the Orrido in Bellano. If the weather (and water) is warm you might swim behind Hotel Victoria. Or simply soak up the atmosphere of the Lake.
Farewell dinner at Vecchio Varenna and share learnings and insights from your experience.
Saturday June 23rd
After breakfast in a local cafe bar you will check out of our accommodation.
Transfer to the train station will be arranged depending on the time your train departs.
Farewell ceremony at the station as you depart.
The Itinerary is subject to change due to weather or unforseen circumstances. We reserve the right to substitute or cancel activities or venues if necessary.