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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

The Magnolia of Villa Monastero

In an enchanting location, rich in artistic and natural wonders, a spectacular magnolia tree caresses the waters of the lake.
  • Lakes
The Magnolia of Villa Monastero
1.81 km

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

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

Church of San Giovanni Battista

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  • 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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1.87 km

Villa serbelloni

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  • Art & Culture
Villa Serbelloni
2.51 km

The Michoacan Pine at Villa Melzi

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The Michoacan Pine at Villa Melzi
2.63 km

The Liriodendrons of Villa Melzi

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The Liriodendrons of Villa Melzi
2.63 km

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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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

Parlasco

  • Villages
Parlasco
4.79 km

The Plane Trees of Villa Carlotta

  • Lakes
The Plane Trees of Villa Carlotta
4.85 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.
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Villa Carlotta
4.85 km

5 Thing-To-Do in Bellagio

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Walking tour through Menaggio

Historical itinerary along the main sites of the town
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Piazza Garibaldi
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Events

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2.52 km

May market

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  • Lifestyle
May market
2.72 km

Sunset aperitif

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Lungolago Europa, 22021, Bellagio (CO)
01/06/2024
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2.72 km

Photographic Exhibition “The life and history of Teresio Olivelli. A blessed among the Alpini.”

Palazzetto dello Sport
Via Lazzareto,8, 22021 Bellagio
12/04/2024 - 14/04/2024
  • Art & Culture
Photographic Exhibition “The life and history of Teresio Olivelli. A blessed among the Alpini.”
3.15 km

Concert cartoons and soundtracks 80s-2000

Teatro di Bellagio Visgnola (oratorio)
Piazza Pretorio 1, 22021, Bellagio (CO)
13/04/2024
  • Music and show
Concert cartoons and soundtracks 80s-2000
4.24 km

Bellano - Varenna: le perle del Lario sul sentiero del Viandante

ritrovo in Via XX Settembre, 72
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27/04/2024
  • Active & Green
Bellano - Varenna: le perle del Lario sul sentiero del Viandante
5.06 km

Bellano - Varenna: le perle del Lario sul sentiero del Viandante

ritrovo in Via XX Settembre, 72
Via XX Settembre, 72, 23822, Bellano, LC
27/04/2024
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Bellano - Varenna: le perle del Lario sul sentiero del Viandante
5.06 km

Escursione al rifugio Bietti

ritrovo al Cainallo
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Escursione al rifugio Bietti

ritrovo in Cainallo
ritrovo in Cainallo, 23825, Esino Lario, LC
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  • Active & Green
Escursione al rifugio Bietti
5.12 km

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Sala Civica
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Via Manzoni 50, 23822, Bellano, LC
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5.56 km

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ritrovo in Via Roma, 2
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6.37 km

Trekking esperienziale: preparare oli e profumi con le piante

ritrovo in Via Roma, 2
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Via Roma, 2, 23837, Taceno, LC
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Anello del monte Muggio

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Activities

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608 mt

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7.01 km

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7.01 km

VILLA DEL BALBIANELLO AND SACRO MONTE IN OSSUCCIO along the Greenway

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VILLA DEL BALBIANELLO AND SACRO MONTE IN OSSUCCIO along the Greenway
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Cook with us - Lake Como

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In the footsteps of Leonardo walking along Lake Como
11.48 km

WEEKEND - TRAVERSATA DEL TRIANGOLO LARIANO - DA COMO A BELLAGIO

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WEEKEND - TRAVERSATA DEL TRIANGOLO LARIANO - DA COMO A BELLAGIO
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The secrets of Valsassina cheeses: Blind Test Experience

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13.44 km

The secrets of Valsassina cheeses: Classic Experience

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The secrets of Valsassina cheeses: Classic Experience
13.44 km

Where to sleep

CAV TRAMONTO SUL LAGO - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV TRAMONTO SUL LAGO - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
65 mt

LT di Robert Erik Peter Soederholm

VARENNA
LT di Robert Erik Peter Soederholm
86 mt

CAV CANDY HOUSE - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

VARENNA
CAV CANDY HOUSE - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
89 mt

CAV LA BOMBONIERA - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

VARENNA
CAV LA BOMBONIERA - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
89 mt

CAV LA MAISON DU LAC - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV LA MAISON DU LAC - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
100 mt

LT LA CASETTA VARENNA di Antonio Alfredo Biffi

VARENNA
LT LA CASETTA VARENNA di Antonio Alfredo Biffi
109 mt

cav di Cristian Maglia

VARENNA
cav di Cristian Maglia
159 mt

LT di Paola Ferrari

Varenna
LT di Paola Ferrari
202 mt

cav Bellavista Garden & Flowers di Antonella Vanzulli

Varenna
cav Bellavista Garden & Flowers  di Antonella Vanzulli
208 mt

cav di Elisabetta dell'Acqua

Varenna
cav di Elisabetta dell'Acqua
276 mt

LT BLUE HOUSE PANORAMA di Alessandra Piazza

VARENNA
LT BLUE HOUSE PANORAMA di Alessandra Piazza
281 mt

LT EL LAVANDÉE di Daniela Barindelli

Varenna
LT EL LAVANDÉE di Daniela Barindelli
307 mt

LT LA TERRAZZA di Marco Mellera

Varenna
LT LA TERRAZZA di Marco Mellera
307 mt

LT VILLA GIOCONDA di Massimo Pardi

Varenna
LT 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 di Ard Heynike

Varenna
cav di Ard Heynike
307 mt

cav CASA CAPANNO di Angelo Comolli

Varenna
cav CASA CAPANNO di Angelo Comolli
307 mt

cav di Massimo Fagioli

VARENNA
cav di Massimo Fagioli
312 mt

cav MONOLOCALE FIUMELATTE di Luca Rocchi

VARENNA
cav MONOLOCALE FIUMELATTE di Luca Rocchi
316 mt

LT di Carla Ermacora

VARENNA
LT di Carla Ermacora
316 mt