The 9 Most Hands-Down, Drop-Dead Gorgeous Photogenic Places In Italy

VARENNA

There’s a reason Lake Como has stood the test of time as a hideaway for the über, über rich: It’s impossibly idyllic. And facing east toward the snow-capped Swiss Alps, the main town of Varenna is as postcard perfect as it gets. Stroll the delightful town passarella (boardwalk), and enjoy the views of gliding sailboats and beyond, the stunning 19th-century villas dripping in wisteria that line the shore. Definitely don’t leave without visiting the town’s main attraction, Villa Monastero, with its stately lakeshore gardens, and pretend, if only for an afternoon, to be European aristocracy on holiday.