Duration: ~ 2.5 hours
Elevation: total elevation gain 562 m (1,845 feet)
Location: Lago di Como
Viandante means “wayfarer” and this route was used by those needing to travel north-south. Viandante is on the east side of Lake Como and is less travelled than La Greenway on the west side. From the same guide mentioned above, we followed Walk 22: Sentiero del Viandante 1: Varenna to Bellano. The walk is also described in detail (in Italian) in Il sentiero del viandante. When walking this trail, you will quickly learn to look for orange signs, orange markings on the ground like a dot or a three letter acronym (not sure if it was TSV but it was in orange) – all indications you are going in the right direction.
We started out early from Varenna and walked up to Castello Vezio reaching it at 9:30am. Unfortunately, it wasn’t open yet. We decided not to wait around for the 10:00 opening time and headed on to Bellano. We made it to Bellano around noon. In Bellano, we stopped at the L'Orrido di Bellano (worth it for the small entry fee).
Down on the main square, we ate at Trattoria del Ponte and then stopped at Pasticceria Maglia Simone for something sweet on the train ride back to Bergamo. All in all, a simple little hike with pleasing scenery.
Left: Typical alley of Varenna leading to the water. Right: Example of orange Sentiero del Viandante signs.
Left: Dead scorpion we found on the welcome mat of the Chiesa di S. Antonio Abate di Vezio. These really can’t hurt you; a sting like a wasp we read….still wouldn’t want to meet up with it. Right: View south toward ferry landing in Varenna.
L’Orrido di Bellano – basically a gorge with a waterfall that is used to generate power today but has a long history of use in the silk and cotton factories in Bellano.
Left: Looking south from the trail toward Gittana. Right: View over Lake Como from Bellano, looking south.
Left: View from Viandante toward Bellano. Right: View northwest toward Varenna from must south of Varenna.