• Active & Green
    • Lakes
    • Leonardo 500

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.
  • Villages
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
  • Art & Culture
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

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
  • 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

5 Thing-To-Do in Bellagio

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
  • Art & Culture
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.
  • Villages
Vista di Tremezzina (CO)
5.02 km

By bike from Menaggio to Porlezza

  • Cycle Tourism
The cycle track Menaggio - Porlezza
5.03 km

Monument to the silk weaver

  • Art & Culture
Monumento alla Tessitrice
5.12 km

Events

Villa Balbianello reopens for 2019

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

Autumn in Valvarrone

Vestreno di Valvarrone (LC)
24/11/2019
  • Active & Green
Autumn in Valvarrone
10.06 km

Activities

Let's taste Como Lake

  • Active & Green
Let's taste Como Lake
608 mt

Cruise & Dinner from Varenna

  • Lakes
Cruise & Dinner from Varenna
2 km

Villas of Lake Como boat tour with food tasting

  • Art & Culture
Villas of Lake Como boat tour with food tasting
2.25 km

Villas and Flavors of Lake Como

  • Lakes
Villas and Flavors of Lake Como
2.27 km

Bellagio Travel Guide: the complete guide

  • Food & Wine
Bellagio Travel Guide: the complete guide
2.57 km

Bellagio, the pearl of lake Como

  • Active & Green
Bellagio, the pearl of lake Como
2.69 km

Tour di Lezzeno e del Ponte del Diavolo

  • Art & Culture
Tour di Lezzeno e del Ponte del Diavolo
6.26 km

Cook with us - Lake Como

  • Food & Wine
Cook with us - Lake Como
9.38 km

In the footsteps of Leonardo walking along Lake Como

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

Where to sleep

CAV TRAMONTO SUL LAGO - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV TRAMONTO SUL LAGO - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
65 mt

CAV VARENNA PIEDS DANS L'EAU - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV VARENNA PIEDS DANS L'EAU - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
307 mt

CAV LITTLE DREAM HOUSE - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV LITTLE DREAM HOUSE - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
307 mt

CAV PANORAMA DEL LAGO - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV PANORAMA DEL LAGO - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
312 mt

CAV CASA MARIU' - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV CASA MARIU' - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
320 mt

CAV GIGIA HOME - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV GIGIA HOME - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
320 mt

CAV SUNSET FLAT - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV SUNSET FLAT - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
333 mt

CAV LEONARDO HOUSE

Varenna
CAV LEONARDO HOUSE
348 mt

CAV RED SUNSET HOUSE - AZ SRL

Varenna
CAV RED SUNSET HOUSE - AZ SRL
367 mt

CAV THE APPLE HOUSE - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV THE APPLE HOUSE - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
389 mt

CAV PATRIZIA'S HOUSE - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV PATRIZIA'S HOUSE - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
453 mt

CAV CASA CAMILLA DI MARILENA ANGHILERI

Varenna
CAV CASA CAMILLA DI MARILENA ANGHILERI
571 mt

CAV LAKE VIEW RETREAT - VARENNA HOLIDAYS

Varenna
CAV LAKE VIEW RETREAT - VARENNA HOLIDAYS
646 mt

CAV CASA SULL'ACQUA - 3.VA HOME

Varenna
CAV CASA SULL'ACQUA - 3.VA HOME
662 mt

CAV 2 DI FULVIA MELESI

Varenna
CAV 2 DI FULVIA MELESI
777 mt

CAV FONTANA DEL LAGO

Varenna
CAV FONTANA DEL LAGO
834 mt

ROSA DELLE ALPI

Esino Lario
ROSA DELLE ALPI
1.61 km

CAV VILLA MONTI - APARTMENT GERANIUM

Varenna
CAV VILLA MONTI - APARTMENT GERANIUM
1.71 km

CAV VILLA MONTI - APARTMENT 6 PRIMROSE

Varenna
CAV VILLA MONTI - APARTMENT 6 PRIMROSE
1.71 km

CAV VILLA MONTI - APARTMENT HYDRANGEA

Varenna
CAV VILLA MONTI - APARTMENT HYDRANGEA
1.71 km