Starting Point Varenna
The tour starts in Varenna. If you do not have your accommodation directly in Varenna, the town is easy to reach by train or by boat. The first part of the ascent is by public bus, which leaves from Varenna station and corresponds to the arrival of the train. The bus leaves from Varenna station via Perledo to Esino Lario. If there are no bus tickets available at the train station, the driver will still let the guests go and give them the opportunity to buy the tickets in the bar at Perledo. On a narrow serpentine road, the bus goes up to Esino Lario over a height difference of 700 m.
From Esino Lario to Monte Fopp
Once in Esino, it is worth getting off at the post office and taking a tour of the two districts of Cresi and Piaghe. From Esino Lario, numerous hiking trails start around the Grigna. After a coffee in one of the small bars, the hike begins on the little-used road to Ortanella (Strada per Ortanella). After about an hour you reach Ortanella, a plateau with agriculture and animal farming. Here the trattoria “Cacciatori” offers good lunch and homemade cakes, closed on Tuesdays. The Ristorante Cacciatori and the nearby Agriturismo also offer overnight accommodation. The extensive meadows and forests of Ortanella are a paradise for ornithologists. An easy ascent leads to the Ristorante around Monte Fopp at 1079 meters and offers a wonderful view over Lake Como with the Bellagio headland in the middle of the lake.
Descent via Castello di Vezio to Varenna
The path now runs practically parallel down the lake to Varenna. At a crossroads, you come to the hiking trail of the Viandate. To the right, continue around Monte Fopp and back to the Cacciatori. We keep left and descend from here. Spectacular views from several panorama points accompany the route. Just before you reach Varenna, there is a branch to Castello di Vezio. A visit to the lovingly restored defense castle is worthwhile. After about 15 minutes descent you will reach Varenna, the pretty holiday resort on Lake Como, which is obviously found in every English-language travel guide as well as in German.