The Hunt for a Market and Stranded in Varenna!

We had an earlyish breakfast and set off for Tremazina to find the market. We walked a fair way, and it was fairly humid but all we found was a cheese stall, a honey seller and a few vegetables for sale in the local park. Not what we had seen when we were on our way to Como the other day. We explored a bit more but decided to cut our losses and took the water bus from Tremezzo to Varenna. We had a lovely journey with a refreshing breeze blowing in our hair. Varenna itself is relatively small but far fewer tourists than Bellagio and only a few shops. We had a beer and bits and later an ice cream but decided that we had seen Varenna and to head back to the hotel. Imagine our horror when we found that we had missed the last boat of the morning and we would have to wait until 3.15, at this moment it was 12.30!  If we had felt like lunch it would have been fine but having had a big breakfast and the ice creams etc. we couldn’t squeeze anymore in. I might add, we weren’t the only people to find ourselves stuck and I almost think that they have a deliberate plan to make you eat in their restaurants! Anyway, it wasn’t so bad, we sat in the shade and roundabout 2 ish we decamped to a local cafe for toasted sandwiches and before we knew it, the boat came in. A quick dive in the swimming pool and all was soon forgotten.



One thought on “The Hunt for a Market and Stranded in Varenna!

  1. Great pictures and an amusing account of being stranded. Being a culture vulture your story reminded me of that bit in “Death in Venice” when Aschenbach having (as he believed) resolved to quit Venice, finds that the vaporetto has gone and in that moment of indecision he returns to his hotel and the fatal torment of his infatuation with Tadzio. I presume no emotional anguish afflicted any of you today stranded in Varenna.

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