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Fiumelatte

In Varenna, discover the shortest river of Italy and visit its source surrounded by nature.

Where
Fiume, area naturalistica
Fiumelatte, Varenna (LC)

 

The Fiumelatte is one of the shortest rivers in Italy, running for 250 m from its source to the lake. It gets its name from the milky-white color of its waters during floods.

The specificity of this river is its intermittence: it appears towards the end of March and disappears, almost magically, in October. This singularity led scholars to speculate that the Fiumelatte, which springs from a natural karstic source, may act as an “overflow drain” for a large basin located inside the glacial accumulation zone of the Montecodeno (Grigna Settentrionale). Some kinds of rocks, like the ones of the Grigne, are subject to a disintegration process over time when getting in contact with water, called “karst phenomena”.

The river has piqued the interest of many, among which N. Stenone, D. Vandelli, L. Spallanzani, A. Stoppani, M. Cermenati and even Leonardo da Vinci, who mentioned the “Fiumelaccio” in sheet 214 of the Codex Atlanticus.

Fiumelatte, the hamlet crossed by the river and named after it, is reachable by walking along the "Greenway dei Patriarchi" for around 20 minutes from the center of Varenna. The source of the Fiumelatte river, in a picnic area inside the woods, is located above the hamlet and is reachable in 10 minutes by walking along a mule track.

(Adapted from a text by Paolo Ferrara and Alfredo Vago)

Take me here: Fiumelatte

Places

Villa Monastero

Villa Monastero is one of Varenna’s best-known landmarks. It's now a museum showcasing a collection of items left by its owners
  • Art & Culture
Villa Monastero, Varenna
1.72 km

Villa Cipressi

  • Parks
Villa Cipressi Varenna
1.77 km

Ornithology and Natural Science Civic Museum "Luigi Scanagatta"

Ornithology and Natural Science Civic Museum "Luigi Scanagatta"
1.79 km

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

  • Art & Culture
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie
1.82 km

Church of San Giovanni Battista

Discover the oldest church in Varenna, one of the first built on Lake Como when Christianity was beginning to spread.
  • Art & Culture
Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista Varenna
1.82 km

Vezio Castle

Ancient medieval fortress overlooking Varenna, surrounded by a centuries-old olive grove, with a breathtaking view over Lake Como.
  • Art & Culture
Castello di Vezio Varenna
1.85 km

Church of San Giorgio

  • Art & Culture
Chiesa di San Giorgio Varenna
1.85 km

Village of Varenna

The Village of Varenna is divided into a grid of streets that steeply slope down towards Lake Como.
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Village of Varenna
1.87 km

Villa serbelloni

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Villa Serbelloni
2.51 km

Bellagio

Villas, parks, a romantic lakefront and a maritime history museum. Bellagio is one of the most famous places on Lake Como
  • Villages
Bellagio,Como Lake
3.12 km

The Villa Melzi d’Eril Gardens

In Bellagio, the gardens of Villa Melzi which stretch foralmost a kilometre along the Lake Como, attract thousands of visitors each year
  • Art & Culture
Villa Melzi D'Eril, Bellagio, Lago di Como
3.5 km

Museum of navigation instruments

  • Art & Culture
Museum of Navigation Instruments
4 km

Villa Carlotta

Villa Carlotta, located on the shores of Lake Como near the village of Tremezzo, is a triumph of natural and architectural beauty.
  • Art & Culture
Villa Carlotta
4.85 km

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The Pearl of Lake Como is a beauty to discover in every season
  • Lakes
bellagio vista inverno lake como
4.92 km

Walking tour through Menaggio

Historical itinerary along the main sites of the town
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Piazza Garibaldi
5.01 km

Church of S. Marta

  • Art & Culture
Church of S. Marta
5.02 km

Tremezzina

It's a village-garden on Lake Como: let yourself be enchanted by the beauty of the villas and parks, with their colours and perfumes.
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Vista di Tremezzina (CO)
5.02 km

By bike from Menaggio to Porlezza

  • Cycle Tourism
The cycle track Menaggio - Porlezza
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Il Rogolone

The big oak tree
Il Rogolone
5.12 km

Monument to the silk weaver

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Monumento alla Tessitrice
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Activities

Let's taste Como Lake

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Cruise & Dinner from Varenna

  • Lakes
Cruise & Dinner from Varenna
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Villas and Flavors of Lake Como

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Villas and Flavors of Lake Como
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Bellagio Travel Guide: the complete guide

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Bellagio Travel Guide: the complete guide
2.57 km

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Bellagio, the pearl of lake Como
2.69 km

E-bike Tour with Lunch in Valsolda, Lake Lugano

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E-bike Tour with Lunch in Valsolda, Lake Lugano
7.01 km

Tour Menaggio's Most Magical Lake Views in E-bike

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7.01 km

E-bike Tour of Three Lakes and Idyllic Mountain Life

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E-bike Tour of Three Lakes and Idyllic Mountain Life
7.01 km

E-bike Classic Lake Como Villages with a Local Touch

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E-bike Classic Lake Como Villages with a Local Touch
7.01 km

Cook with us - Lake Como

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9.38 km

The Devil's Bridge

  • Active & Green
The Devil's Bridge
9.57 km

In the footsteps of Leonardo walking along Lake Como

  • Active & Green
In the footsteps of Leonardo walking along Lake Como
11.48 km

Ski Classes

  • Active & Green
Ski Classes
14.66 km

Where to sleep

CAV RED SUNSET HOUSE - AZ SRL

Varenna
CAV RED SUNSET HOUSE - AZ SRL
367 mt

CAV CASA VISTA CIPRESSI - AZ SRL

Varenna
CAV CASA VISTA CIPRESSI - AZ SRL
1.78 km

CASTELLO DI VEZIO

Perledo
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1.79 km

EREMO GAUDIO

Perledo
EREMO GAUDIO
1.85 km

CAV VARENNA GUEST HOUSE DI ENRICO PAOLO BERETTA

Varenna
CAV VARENNA GUEST HOUSE  DI ENRICO PAOLO BERETTA
1.94 km

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Perledo
AGRITURISMO CONCA SANDRA
2.26 km

C.A.V. LA PUNTA

Bellagio
C.A.V. LA PUNTA
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Varenna
CAV IL GIARDINO DI ALICE - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
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CAV VILLA FIORELLA DEPENDANCE - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
2.38 km

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C.A.V. IL CENTRO - HOLIDAY APARTMENTS S.R.L.
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CAV VISTA D'ORO OLEANDRO C8
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CAV VISTA D'ORO OLEANDRO C11
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C.A.V. BELVEDERE - HOTEL BELVEDERE S.R.L.
2.67 km

HOTEL BELVEDERE

Bellagio
HOTEL BELVEDERE
2.71 km

ORCHIDEA - CHARMING - FORESTERIA LOMBARDA

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ORCHIDEA - CHARMING - FORESTERIA LOMBARDA
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VILLA LA ROSA

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VILLA LA ROSA
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