Location & Attractions
The Village of Dorio
Dorio is a quiet and tranquil village on the beautiful eastern shore of Lake Como enjoying unspoilt panoramic views and close to the picturesque resort towns of Varenna and Bellano from which there are regular ferry services to the "golden triangle" of Menaggio and Bellaggio.
Milan is easily reached by train or there is a fast motorway connection to the three airports serving Milan on the SS36 motorway. The border with Switzerland is 45 minutes drive away.
The Surrounding Area
Bellano is 10 minutes south from the apartment. Many visitors come to Bellano to see the gorge of the Pioverna stream. In the spring, melting snow swells the stream and over time, this has cut a deep narrow gorge through the rocks above the town. You are able to explore the gorge through a series of ladders and walkways.
Varenna is an attractive village just below Bellano, looking over the central part of the lake towards Bellagio. Varenna's picturesque lanes and old fishermen's houses are unpretentiously appealing. There are a number of attractive cafes and restaurants on the waterfront and there is nothing more enjoyable than whiling away a summers evening with a drink and a good meal whilst soaking in the view. It is also the gateway to the lake with a car and passenger ferry to Bellagio, Menaggio and onwards to Como City.
Bellagio is a 15 minute ferry crossing from Varenna. Called the “Pearl of the Lake”, its world class hotels and restaurants provide the perfect place to soak up the lake's famous panorama. The village is characterised by century-old buildings, stone lanes and picturesque cobbled stairways filled with shops showcasing the finest Italian wares.
Menaggio is a 30 minute ferry crossing from Varenna. It is situated in the heart of Lake Como, on its western shore, at the beginning of a valley that connects Menaggio with lake Lugano. The heart of the "old" town is gathered around Piazza Garibaldi close to Menaggio's harbour. Narrow cobble stoned alleys lead up to the area called castello. The castle, of which only the impressive walls remain, was destroyed in 1523.
Como City can be reached by passenger ferry from either Varenna or Bellano. There is a high speed catamaran that takes an hour (you pay an additional supplement) or the regular ferry that takes 2¾ hours if you prefer a more leisurely trip. The ferry stops at various attractive lakeside towns that can be explored along the way.
St Moritz, an all year tourist destination synonymous throughout the world with chic, elegance and class, and nestled in the spectacular eastern Alps, is only a 45 minute drive to the north of the apartment across the Swiss border.
Milan is approximately 90 km by road and takes about 1½ hours by car, depending on the traffic. Alternatively, it can be reached by taking the regular commuter train service from this side of the lake, which stops at the station in Dorio. The train fare is very good value.
Shops & Restaurants
The nearest shop is a bakery in Dorio. The nearest supermarket is in Dervio, approximately 3 km from the apartment. The Bank of Sondrio, with an ATM machine and foreign currency exchange, is also in Dervio.
The nearest Shopping Centre with department stores, electrical shops, clothing stores and a large supermarket are in an indoor shopping centre at Centro Commerciale Iperal Fuentes, which is situated north of Sondrio about 10 km from the apartment.
There are also local street markets selling fresh fruit and vegetables on various days of the week in Dervio and Bellano.
There is a bar and restaurant in Dorio, a 15 minute walk downhill from the apartment.
For those who like a short stroll on a warm evening, there is a waymarked path heading south from the apartment to the charming fortified town of Corenno Plinio on the lake shore. Follow this grassy path for a mile to reach “La Taverna Del Castello” at the castle.
There are numerous cafes, restaurants and bars in Bellano and Varenna, all of which are within a ½ hour drive.