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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

In the village of Bellagio, "the pearl of Lake Como", is home to one of the most evocative historical residences of the Lario
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Villa Serbelloni
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Bellagio

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

Alpe Cainallo

  • Mountains
Alpe Cainallo
3.19 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
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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

5 Thing-To-Do in Bellagio

The Pearl of Lake Como is a beauty to discover in every season
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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

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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.
  • Villages
Vista di Tremezzina (CO)
5.02 km

By bike from Menaggio to Porlezza

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The cycle track Menaggio - Porlezza
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Monument to the silk weaver

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Monumento alla Tessitrice
5.12 km

Events

Airshow on Lake Como

Varenna (LC)
28/09/2019 - 29/09/2019
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Airshow on Lake Como
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Trofeo per Vele d’Epoca e Classiche

Bellagio (CO)
20/09/2019 - 22/09/2019
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Trofeo per Vele d’Epoca e Classiche
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Splendori del Settecento sul Lago di Como: Villa Carlotta e i marchesi Clerici

Villa Carlotta
Via Regina, 2, Tremezzina (CO)
22/06/2019 - 03/11/2019
  • Art & Culture
Splendori del Settecento sul Lago di Como: Villa Carlotta e i marchesi Clerici
4.85 km

Telai e trame d'autore. Da Leonardo a Maria Lai

Villa Carlotta
Via Regina, 2, Tremezzina (CO)
22/06/2019 - 03/11/2019
  • Art & Culture
Telai e trame d'autore. Da Leonardo a Maria Lai
4.85 km

Marathon Trail Lago di Como 2019

Piazza Garibaldi, Menaggio (CO)
21/09/2019
  • Active & Green
Marathon Trail
4.97 km

Lachrimae - Enseble Adiàstema

Chiesa di Santa Marta
Via Alessandro Manzoni, 42, Lecco
22/09/2019
  • Religious Tourism
Lachrimae - Enseble Adiàstema
5.46 km

Villa Balbianello reopens for 2019

Via Guido Monzino, 1 Tremezzo (CO)
15/03/2019 - 06/01/2020
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Villa Balbianello reopens for 2019
7.85 km

Ville Aperte in Brianza 2019

Via Nazionale, 93, Abbadia Lariana (LC)
21/09/2019
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Ville Aperte in Brianza 2019
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Ville Aperte in Brianza 2019

Sedi varie
Via Nazionale, 93, Abbadia Lariana (LC)
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  • Art & Culture
Ville Aperte in Brianza 2019
10.86 km

Ville Aperte in Brianza 2019

Sedi varie
Via Nazionale, 93, Abbadia Lariana (LC)
28/09/2019
  • Art & Culture
Ville Aperte in Brianza 2019
10.86 km

Ville Aperte in Brianza 2019

Sedi varie
Via Nazionale, 93, Abbadia Lariana (LC)
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  • Art & Culture
Ville Aperte in Brianza 2019
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Activities

Let's taste Como Lake

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608 mt

Cruise & Dinner from Varenna

  • Lakes
Cruise & Dinner from Varenna
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Villas of Lake Como boat tour with food tasting

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Villas of Lake Como boat tour with food tasting
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Villas and Flavors of Lake Como

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Villas and Flavors of Lake Como
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Cook with us - Lake Como

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In the footsteps of Leonardo walking along Lake Como
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Where to sleep

CAV TRAMONTO SUL LAGO - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV TRAMONTO SUL LAGO - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
65 mt

CAV APPARTAMENTO BELLAGIO DI GIANCARLO MAGLIA

Varenna
CAV APPARTAMENTO BELLAGIO DI GIANCARLO MAGLIA
70 mt

CAV TERRAZZA SU LAGO DI MASSIMO BARILI

Varenna
CAV TERRAZZA SU LAGO DI MASSIMO BARILI
276 mt

CAV DI MARINA MASTINU

Varenna
CAV DI MARINA MASTINU
300 mt

CAV FIUMELATTE DI ROSALINDA ZAPPA

Varenna
CAV FIUMELATTE DI ROSALINDA ZAPPA
307 mt

CAV VILLA VITTORIA DI PAOLO FOGAGNOLO

Varenna
CAV VILLA VITTORIA DI PAOLO FOGAGNOLO
307 mt

CAV VILLA GIOCONDA DI MASSIMO PARDI

Varenna
CAV VILLA GIOCONDA DI MASSIMO PARDI
307 mt

CAV PIEDS DANS L'EAU DI FEDERICO BRANDA SILVIO VAGO

Varenna
CAV PIEDS DANS L'EAU DI FEDERICO BRANDA SILVIO VAGO
307 mt

CAV LA CASETTA VARENNA DI ANTONIO ALFREDO BIFFI

Varenna
CAV LA CASETTA VARENNA DI ANTONIO ALFREDO BIFFI
307 mt

CAV LA TERRAZZA DI MARCO MELLERA

Varenna
CAV LA TERRAZZA DI MARCO MELLERA
307 mt

CAV DI ARD HEYNIKE

Varenna
CAV DI ARD HEYNIKE
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CAV CASA CAPANNO DI ANGELO COMOLLI

Varenna
CAV CASA CAPANNO DI ANGELO COMOLLI
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CAV VARENNA PIEDS DANS L'EAU - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
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CAV LITTLE DREAM HOUSE - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV LITTLE DREAM HOUSE - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
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CAV PANORAMA DEL LAGO - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV PANORAMA DEL LAGO - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
312 mt

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Varenna
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CAV GIGIA HOME - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
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CAV CASA MARIU' - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

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CAV CASA MARIU' - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
320 mt

CAV CASA ROSETTA - PIANO TERRA DI CAMILLA ZUCCHI

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CAV CASA ROSETTA - PIANO TERRA DI CAMILLA ZUCCHI
320 mt

CAV CASA ROSETTA - PRIMO PIANO DI CAMILLA ZUCCHI

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CAV CASA ROSETTA - PRIMO PIANO DI CAMILLA ZUCCHI
320 mt