I’ve already mentioned how much I love Varenna, and that love was cemented by this vegan-friendly gelateria. They had a “vegan gelato” sign at the door and their vegan flavours were clearly marked in the display case. I finally got to see a couple of exciting varieties of gelato (more so than dark chocolate and raspberry) – alongside these staples they also had a bright blue bubblegum flavour and a cream and fig one. I chose the latter, plus chocolate. It was a great combination, and the creamy and fig scoop was very creamy indeed.
The wafers were not vegan, but I can’t remember about the cones.
This gelateria is right on the main path along the water’s edge, and has a staircase on the side with a few cushions for sitting if you don’t want to wander by the lake while you tuck in.
When you’re full of ice cream, I’d recommend following in our footsteps and hopping on the ferry over to Bellagio, which is a charming little town. Much like Varenna, it’s just a beautiful place to walk around. This walk along the lake is particularly pretty, and gives you a real sense of how huge the lake is – we kept accidentally referring to it as the sea.
But do take the time to walk up one of the side streets uphill – it’s worth it, I promise! Such a delightful view!