Varenna is a mountainside town on the east side of Lake Como and in my humble opinion is the prettiest of all the lake side towns accessible by ferry. The best photographs of the beautiful brightly colored Italian buildings can be captured from the ferry as it approaches the harbour. The footpath running along side the lake takes you past some typical Italian Cafe's and bars where you can sit and watch the ferries come and go. The sun rises over Varenna so the best time for photos is in the afternoon. The walk up to the town square and the various gardens is well worth the effort and locals will tell you that May is a good time for the flowers. I walked round Varenna in a long morning then caught the ferry to Belaggio where there is a better choice of restaurants.