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Lake Como offers a wide variety of hiking trails and in this article, you will find some of the best hiking paths around the lake. There are three main areas of Lake Como, that are perfect for hiking: Northern side, Bellagio and Menaggio almost in front of it (central Lake), and the area of Como itself. Today you are going to discover our favorites in the central Lake area. 

Menaggio’s area offers the well know trail called Greenway of Lake Como, which is a very easy path of 10 km passing through the town of Colonno, Sala Comacina, Ossuccio, Lenno, Mezzegra, Tremezzo and Griante. In each spot you have something interesting worth visiting it: for example, ancient hamlets, churches and beautiful villas. In addition, the picturesque landscape around the lake is something you won’t miss.

The path to the Sacred Mount of Ossuccio part of the UNESCO World Heritage, ideal for lovers of history and art. In fact, along the trail, there are 14 unique chapels such as the Sanctuary of the Virgin Mary, a pilgrimage place in the past. Also, this itinerary is offered by Slow Lake Como, which focuses on enjoying the lake and its monuments from a slow tourism point of view.

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Foto Source: Town of Ossuccio https://www.in-lombardia.it/en/tourism-in-lombardy/tourism-como/boroughs-como/village-of-ossuccio

In Varenna’s area the most famous hiking is surely the “Sentiero del Viandante”. This trail is an interesting route dating back to the Roman period, which runs along the eastern coast of Lake Como, from Abbadia Lariana to Piantedo, for 45 km.

This walking path offers those who walk along with the chance of enjoying some peaceful hours deep in stillness and in an environment all one with the sky and the lake. The path, once connecting Milan and Switzerland starts in Abbadia Lariana at the small Church of St. Martin and ends at the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Val Pozzo in the district of Piantedo.

A short but attractive path which runs along a thin mule track that winds along the side of the mountain among chestnut woods and mild cultivated slopes. In a few hours time it collects the best of the landscape characters in this part of Lombardy: majestic landscapes, botanical and geological peculiarities, tokens of faith, places of the popular imagination, scraps of fields, rustic houses, vineyards and olive groves which create a frame that has been sung by poets and writers at length and for a long time.

Slow Lake Como collaborates with local guides to assure the most interesting and fascinating experience on the Sentiero del Viandante.

Another fascinating region is the one of Bellagio, Slow Lake Como organizes two hours walk starting from the Devil’s bridge in Bellagio to the town of Lezzeno, a typical authentic beauty full of history and legends about witches, miracles and devils.

An interesting thing that I personally noticed about Lake Como is the variety of hiking trails and the incredible microclimate that reminds us of the Mediterranean one, with olive trees and beautiful flowers. Villages are also well connected with each other especially if you want to travel more sustainably you can definitely rely on public transport such as the bus, train or the navigation ferries companies. 

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Tremezzo, now part of the bigger municipality of Tremezzina, is a town situated on the western branch of Lake Como, 10 minutes from Hotel Loveno (our Central Lake location) by bus or car. The name Tremezzo has its roots in a fishermen’s town called Tramezzo, which was located between Mount Crocione and the ancient Romana Regina Street. The importance of the town was not only because of its position between Como and the end of the lake but also due to its favorable climate thanks to the south-east orientation and the protection from cold winds. All these factors contributed to agriculture, especially the growth of olive trees introduced by Romans, citrus fruit trees and mulberries, used to raise silkworms, whose silk made Lake Como famous all over the world. However, in the 19th and 20th centuries, agriculture was abandoned and tourism became the main industry of the area, helped by the wonderful villas and big hotels on the lake.

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A definite must-see in the area is Villa Carlotta, Villa Balbianello, Isola Comacina, the path to the Sacred Mountain of Ossuccio (a unique UNESCO site) and the Greenway of Lake Como.

Villa Carlotta is one of the most known villas on Lake Como with a neoclassical style and fine art masterpieces. The villa was built in the 17th century by Marquis Giorgio Clerici of Milan and then sold to Giovanni Battista Sommariva, who was a politician. Thanks to his political career, he could afford to buy works by Antonio Canova and Francesco Hayez.

Villa Balbianello is well known because it was used as the setting for numerous movies such as A Month by the Lake, Casino Royale, and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. However, the villa has also an interesting history: on the peninsula where the villa is located, there was a monastery of Franciscan friars and the Cardinal Durini took it over. In 1787 the monastery was transformed into a villa. Silvio Pellico, Giovanni Berchet and Alessandro Manzoni were some of the many famous politicians, art and literature personalities who have lived in the villa. Later, the first Italian Everest climber Guido Monzino bought the villa and decorated the interiors with rare furniture. Nowadays, the villa is part of the Italian Environment Fund FAI and is one of the most visited in Italy.

While for nature lovers, the Greenway del Lago is the perfect place to make a 10 km easy walk going along little villages with Roman findings and beautiful gardens.

Slow Lake Como organizes an unmissable tour to Ossuccio specifically for travelers interested in slow tourism. In fact, the tour focuses on the Sacred Mount of Ossuccio, a UNESCO world heritage site famous for its unique 14 chapels such as the amazing abandoned monastery St. Benedict and the Acquafredda Sanctuary, a symbol of the devotion and spirituality of Lake Como. Together with the expert guides, travelers will have the opportunity to connect to the soul of Lake Como and enjoy at the same time the picturesque landscape surrounding this place. The Romanesque St. Benedict Monastery is reachable only by foot, located in the wild and undeveloped Perlana Valley (800 m a.s.l.). The monastery was built in 1090 and abandoned 200 years later in 1298: even if it lost its political and economic function, it keeps still its charm. The Acquafredda Sanctuary is another center of spirituality that is included in the tour and has amazing panoramic views on Lake Como. The tour includes not only professional guides but also a picnic basket with local healthy products. In front of Ossuccio, it is visible a small island (the only one in Lake Como) called Isola Comacina: it has three artists’ homes built by Pietro Lingeri in 1940 and is open to travelers from March to October.

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One of the most traditional towns on Lake Como is Varenna, a fishing village dating back to the 11th century, a real jewel which still keeps the characteristics of an ancient village. It has not only amazing landscape views but also narrow and cobblestone streets which brings people back in time. It is the perfect place for all those who are looking for relaxation, traditions, romantic walks, and inspiration.

If you are interested in culture, we suggest you visit the Churches of San Giovanni Battista and San Giorgio. The Church of San Giovanni Battista is one of the oldest on Lake Como dating back to the 11th century, while the Church of San Giorgio is in a Romanesque and Gothic style and inside you can find wonderful ancient paintings and a spectacular pavement made of local marble. Another cultural landmark is the castle of Vezio, which is supposed to be a Ligurian-Celtic settlement or Etruscan. If you are animal lovers, around 3 p.m. there is an incredible falconry show which is worth the visit.

For those who are interested in nature Villa Monastero is a perfect choice. It was a monastery in the 12th century, then it was given to the State of Italy and nowadays is a museum and has a wonderful botanical garden with many rare species. Villa Cipressi is another ancient villa with a beautiful botanical garden to visit and is also a renowned destination for weddings and conferences, besides being a luxury 4-star hotel perfect for a holiday with a lake view.

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For those who want to enjoy a romantic and slow walk, there is the Greenway dei Patriarchi, dedicated to the wise people of the village called “Patriarchi”: it is a 2 hours walk and it is easy to reach as it is located close to train stations and ferry stations.

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For those who are looking for inspiration, the Fiumelatte river is the perfect spot for this as its water is so white that reminds people of milk. An interesting itinerary which gives you some hours of peace immersed in stillness is the Sentiero del Viandante, dating back to the Roman period. Once this was a route from Milan to Switzerland and was equipped in 1989, currently covers a total length of about 45 km, which can be covered in several stages. This short but very suggestive walk brings together in the space of a few hours the best of the landscape features of this part of Lombardy: botanical and geological singularity, testimonies of faith, places of popular imagination, cuttings of fields, farmhouses, vineyards, and olive groves.

For those who enjoy HIKING combined with some HISTORY, our partner Cristina organizes an amazing historical and natural experience close to Varenna, called Treasures of mount Legnoncino Valvarrone (Lecco). You will learn about the remains of the trenches part of the well-known Cadorna Line (1915-1918) and go into tunnels used by soldiers during the First World War. In the end, you will reach the peak of Mount Legnoncino (1700m a.s.l.), where there is a wonderful view on Lake Como and the natural reserve of Pian di Spagna.

Another interesting tour focused on nature and eagles is the so-called With eyes of an eagle: you will spend time in one of the wildest areas of Valsassina (Lecco), where eagles are located and will see breathtaking sceneries of Lake Como.

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Orrido di Nesso: the hidden waterfall
The heritage of Musso & The Giardino del Merlo
Churches, Castles, Ancient Ports and Dream Landscapes. Rezzonico and Santa Maria.
Brienno.The Labyrinth Village
The Village of Hell. Lezzeno and the Devil’s Bridge.
Cantù is Beautiful! Galliano and the Museum of Wood

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Besides the famous hiking trails in Cinque Terre, also Lake Como offers some of the most stunning hiking paths in Italy. Here there are some examples of the best hiking in Lake Como Italy.

The UNESCO site Cinque Terre is a world-famous place to enjoy nature, sea and do some hiking. In fact there are many footpaths like “Sentiero Azzurro”, Blue Path, which stretches along the coast and allows to discover all the five villages by walking 5 hours. Another interesting path is the Red Path “Sentiero Rosso”, which goes from Portovenere to Levanto. The Blue Path is the easiest one and the most charming as people walk and have a stunning view of the sea. However, it is a UNESCO site, visitors must purchase a card which allows them to walk along the path and the money goes for the preservation of the area.

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Piona Abbey, Slow Lake Como

 

There is another region in Italy which deserves more consideration from hikers and it is our beautiful Lake Como. In fact, there are many paths which will surprise tourists with amazing lake views from the top of the mountains. Here are some suggestions of the best hiking paths you can try around Lake Como.

The first one is in the northern part of the Lake, in Alto Lario: the path going to the Piona Abbey. It is a very easy path with cobblestone roads and labyrinths in the forest which brings you to a stunning natural balcony with lake view. The final destination is, however, the ancient Abbey with a cave hosting the statue of Holy Mary of Lourdes. You can visit the Abbey for free and have a rest on the benches admiring the wonderful panorama.

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View of Lake Como from Monte Grona.

 

The second path is above the town of Menaggio and brings you to Monte Grona (1736 m s.l), where one can see one of the best views of the Alps and of the lakes: Lake Como, Lake Piano and Lake Lugano in Switzerland. One of the easiest ways to reach the top is starting from Breglia (749 m) and reach Hut Menaggio (Rifugio Menaggio). From here you need only 1:30 hrs to reach the top of the mountain.

 

The third suggestion is close to the city of Como and is the easiest of the three as you just have to take a funicular to be able to enjoy the panorama from above: it is the Brunate funicular. The funicular is a sort of train existing since 1894 and links Como to the village of Brunate, which was a holiday destination for rich families from Milan and Como, who build many Art Nouveau style villas. From Brunate you can see the Alps and the area of Milan.

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Brunate Slow Lake Como hiking

 

Slow Lake Como offers an interesting excursion of Brunate for families or groups. Our expert guides will guide you from the city center of Como to the station of the funicular to Brunate and from here there will be a walking excursion to reach Mount Piatto, where there is an amazing viewpoint. Continuing the path, you will see one of the strangest sites called Pietra Pendula and visit the small village of Piazzaga with the mysterious stone tombs. The descent is toward the picturesque village of Torno and from here we will come back to Como by boat.

 

Another curious trail is the one called Lake Como Rebels, War and Smuggling. As Como is close to the border of Switzerland, there is a history of smuggling with trenches and hiding places close to the city center. This excursion will guide you to the Spina Verde Park, the perfect place to learn about the tricks used from smugglers to escape the guards.

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Slow Lake Como, Lake Como Rebels, War and Smuggling

 

 

Overall, Lake Como offers wonderful hiking paths which still keep its charm with unspoiled nature and no mass tourism. It is an ideal place for hike lovers who crave for high altitudes, but also for families with children as there are many easy paths along the lake. If you want a place where you can enjoy nature and at the same time relax and get to know the secrets and curiosities of Lake Como, try one of our guided excursions with experts who will reveal you the most interesting facts and know the best viewpoints to enjoy and relax the lake.

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Bellagio, Lake Como’s pearl is one of the most beautiful towns on Lake Como Italy. Bellagio is an international destination known for its majestic villas over-looking the Lake, and for being the home to famous individuals. Bellagio it is considered one of the most beautiful traditional Italian town, even if as Italian and Lake Como resident I probably got used to it, I have enough about the beauty of traditional Italian towns. I see it, but I am looking for more than just beauty.      

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My article was also inspired by The most beautiful towns to visit on Lake Como finally talking about The towns on Lake Como, that are so many and so special, each of them is unique.  

Being a member of the Slow Lake Como team, I have the mission to show you what an insider consider the best of Lake Como. We want you to fall in love with unknown corners of the lake, undiscovered places for the residents too, even in world-famous Bellagio!

Bellagio center and World Famous Villas

This is a point for many residents of Lake Como’s shores. The town center of Bellagio is for an extensive period of time (March – November) crowded with visitors and tourists, this is making the town a tourist destination rather than a community town center. Have a look around when you visit it, can you find any alimentari (small food store) or supermarket there? Or is the center full of bars, restaurants, and shops closing down in November?

Anyway I agree with most of the people telling Bellagio has still a charming and relaxed atmosphere 🙂 while there you can visit Villa Melzi and his botanical garden, you can do some shopping, walking in the narrowed streets of the center. Admire Church San Giacomo, built between 1075 and 1125, at the top of the historic center. Walk in Villa Serbelloni Park, above the historic center, has an 18th-century garden and great views of the lake. It’s open April through November, please check dates before arrival.

Discover The Museum of Navigational Instruments, in the hamlet of San Giovanni, can be reached on foot in about 25 minutes, public boat, or in summer on the tourist train. It’s open daily, mornings only. (Thanks to tripsavy.com for the info)

The point is if you want to go deep, to discover the soul of Bellagio, you need to explore a bit more around. Here is what Slow Lake Como discovered and love about the area.

The Toc is a traditional meal prepared by local residents during important religious celebrations like weddings and baptisms. Discover more about this food tradition of Bellagio

Pescallo lays on the same promontory of Bellagio but hidden on the other side, facing the Lecco branch perennially admiring the breath-taking show of the Grigne. Really far from every clamor, just a few steps away from the place most visited in Lake Como area Pescallo used to be a finishing village. In Pescallo I did my first kayaking in Lake Como (just a few years ago with a colleague from Argentina) supported by Bellagio Water Sports, where local expert Michele can organize for you SUP and kayak tours ).

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Madonna del Ghisallo: the Patron Saint of Cycling  

Just a short drive into the mountains south of Bellagio or 40 minutes by bus, you’ll find one of Italy’s legendary cycling routes – Ghisallo Pass. The 552m climb over the distance of 10,6km along the hairpins of this famous hill is not just a challenge for cycling enthusiasts. Ghisallo Pass is a popular feature of the most renowned cycling races like Giro di Lombardia, Giro d’Italia, and many others.

Legend has it that in medieval times, a local count was being attacked by bandits when he saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary, and running towards this vision saved him. Thus, the Madonna del Ghisallo became the patroness of travelers. Then, in 1949 a local priest managed to persuade Pope Pius XII to admit her as the patroness of cyclists. Since then, the small chapel has become a shrine to cycling legends, both living and deceased, and provides a memorial to those who have fallen in our sport.

The views on top of the mountain are spectacular, but the scenery is not the only reason to come here. Ghisallo Pass is literally a place of pilgrimage for cyclists and supporters from all over the world

Partly because the collection of cycling artifacts accumulated was becoming far too big for the small chapel, a purpose-built Museo di Ciclismo has been created nearby on the mountaintop. In contrast to the traditional style of the chapel of the Madonna, the ultra-modern museum building is cut into the very side of the mountain itself – its massive plate glass windows affording breathtaking views of the Lombardia hills and the Lago di Lecco below.

My research about Bellagio lead me to this quick article about a gluten-free experience in Bellagio, I think it could be useful for some of you. Check Gluten Free Palate website.

 

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The Toc, a Lake Como food tradition peculiar of the Bellagio area, was once prepared only for very important celebrations such as weddings and baptisms. The farmers prepared it using what they themselves produced: flour, butter and the cheese made from the milk of their cows. Given the considerable amount of butter and cheese needed, the Toc was considered a rich dish.

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The cauldron (paiolo) with Toc was usually placed at the center of the hall and the guests sat around it in a circle, as is still done today.
When the cauldron is emptied, it’s the time to proceed to the preparation of the Ragell: the basic ingredient is the red wine to which it is added, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, sugar, of the orange zest and grated lemon and an apple cut into pieces.

The cauldron isn’t perfectly cleaned, it is curious the leftovers of Toc get left in, which will give a characteristic taste to the drink.
The master of the Toc then puts the cauldron on fire with wine and spices and at this point, thanks to the heat, the alcohol contained in the wine evaporate and ignite, creating one spectacular effect of burning cauldron. When the alcohol vapors are exhausted, the Ragell is ready for consumption.

The cauldron is then removed from the fire and placed in the center of the room where using a wooden ladle, we draw the drink that is poured again steaming each of the diners seated in a circle again around the cauldron. And it is in this rite, in this sharing that, also favored by the powers of wine, the socialization of the group reaches its peak.

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What if I told you that Musso, one of the peaceful towns on Lake Como (Italy), has something to do with the cathedral in the city center?

To tell this story we have to come back to the 14th century and rediscover the village’s heritage: a castle, wars, the Medeghino’s enterprises, marble quarries and a botanic garden… let us try to put the pieces together.

The headland ‘Sasso di Musso’, a natural border dividing Musso from Dongo, is the marble quarries area. Since the first century AD, Romans have been exploiting the quarries to extract the valuable marble as proved by some artifacts’ finding. In the medieval age, the Musso marble has been used to build the Como cathedral’s dome, facade, and Broletto. It was a long way down from the Alto Lario (North Lake Como) to Como: the marble was first carried by wagons and then loaded on ships up to the city. Curiously, the cathedral’s restoration gave new life to the quarries, which reopen towards the end of the 18th century. Different companies managed the marble’s extraction during the years replacing the old handwork with new mechanic techniques. The authorities decided then to stop the works in the quarries in order to protect the remains of the Medeghino’s castle and the surrounding territory.

Who was this mysterious Medeghino and which role did he play in the village’s history? His real name was Gian Giacomo Medici and even though he did not have boundaries with the prestigious family from Florence, he was pretty famous in the Como area. As regards the surname ‘Medeghino’, we know that he probably earned it because of his low height.

The violent enterprises shared with bandits forced him to seek shelter on the Lake Como. The Medeghino finally succeeded in getting the Musso castle from the Duke of Milan after committing a murder for him. In the first half of the 15th century, he even ran a war-making short-term deal according to his interests. Thanks to his military engagement, he almost creates his personal realm, not recognized in the end by the Milan senate. At his death, his brother Pope Pio IV ordered to build up a monument in the Milan cathedral entirely realized using the Musso marble.

In this same area, you can find today the so-called ‘Giardino del Merlo’, a botanic garden overlooking the lake. Here, Mediterranean vegetation meets the alpine one to shape three main spaces: the main one with the plants sided by woods and natural growth. Giovanni Manzi firstly had the idea to develop the garden in the second half of the 18th century inspired by the Riviera Ligure and its cliffs. The ‘Giardino del Merlo’ association now takes care of the park and its plants, trying to recover it from the destruction due to the quarries. Walking through tunnels and caves, you can quite easily reach the peak and find the Sant’Eufemia church. Stunning views on the lake will sweeten the climb on a hot sunny day of summer.

If you would like to find out more about the village and its past, our advice is to visit the museum: there you can imagine the miners’ everyday working life through the old pictures and the reproductions. You can also see how the Medeghino’s castle looked like in the 15th century…precious memories for a precious village!

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Orrido di Nesso: the hidden waterfall
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Churches, Castles, Ancient Ports and Dream Landscapes. Rezzonico and Santa Maria.
Brienno.The Labyrinth Village
The Village of Hell. Lezzeno and the Devil’s Bridge.
Cantù is Beautiful! Galliano and the Museum of Wood

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The Regina trunk road flanking the picturesque towns on Lake Como Italy leads us until Rezzonico, a small village hidden between Menaggio and Gravedona.

The first thing standing out is the tower of the old Della Torre Castle. Originally from the Como Lake, the Della Torre family has a bloodline which goes its way down to Venice. Indeed, the Pope Clemente XIII from Venice belonged to this dynasty and was commonly known as Pope Rezzonico. The castle construction dates from the fourteenth century when the noble family had it built as a fortress and has been later restored in a neo-medieval style. The story goes that the so-called Ficano, an unwelcome guest of the castle has been stabbed in the nighttime by a dressed up butcher pretending to be his bride.

Besides these peasants’ tales, the village has a lot to offer… a long stairway, nicknamed by the locals the ‘Cuntrada de Riscionech’ takes us from the main way straight to the lake. 

Quiet beaches of rocks are waiting for you to calm down in hot sunny days and why not also to refresh in the lake waters surrounded by our gorgeous mountainscape.

Walking along the shore, it’s easy to taste the authentic and ancient atmosphere of the place: the fishermen houses porch and the old wooden structures over the water still used to fish.

In addition, for those who start feeling a bit peckish, don’t worry! in the village you will find the family driven Locanda Lauro, where you will be served with typical dishes, lake fish included naturally.

The tiny hotel has been run by the same family for more than one century and trying to preserve the original flavors and atmosphere.

In conclusion, Rezzonico is the perfect place to discover the medieval heritage of  Lake Como in complete peace and… on a full stomach!

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Orrido di Nesso: the hidden waterfall
The heritage of Musso & The Giardino del Merlo
Churches, Castles, Ancient Ports and Dream Landscapes. Rezzonico and Santa Maria.
Brienno.The Labyrinth Village
The Village of Hell. Lezzeno and the Devil’s Bridge.
Cantù is Beautiful! Galliano and the Museum of Wood

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While driving among the towns on Lake Como Italy headed to Cantù, the sign you first see on the way speaks clearly: welcome to the furniture town. Indeed, all along the twentieth century and over the town has been recognized and not only by its inhabitants as the point of reference for the furniture design and making.

You can easily come across the tracks of the furniture making history just by entering the Liceo Artistico Melotti museum. There a lot of furniture has been collected such as ancient and precious chairs, tables, panels, bureaus rich in details and well preserved. Fausto Melotti was an important sculptor and painter who thought and ran the old Regia Scuola di Cantù, the same structure now carrying his name. The panels which could be found in the museum have been over worked following the carving and inlay techniques.

But there’s much more you can discover in Cantù besides the furniture design and making. As far as the architecture is concerned, the Galliano basilica shows some remarkable characteristics. Located on the Galliano hill, the structure has always been conceived as a house of worship till the dedication to Christianity. Today it represents an interesting example of Romanesque style: few and little windows leaving space to simple and clean frescoes.

Cradle of designers and craftsmen, Cantù welcomes you to discover how theoretical culture and practical skills perfectly meet giving birth to actual pieces of art.

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Orrido di Nesso: the hidden waterfall
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Churches, Castles, Ancient Ports and Dream Landscapes. Rezzonico and Santa Maria.
Brienno.The Labyrinth Village
The Village of Hell. Lezzeno and the Devil’s Bridge.
Cantù is Beautiful! Galliano and the Museum of Wood

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Traveling around the different towns on Lake Como in Italy, you can easily come across suggestive cloisters with a long history to tell.

The landscape of the area, full of nature elements such as mountains and lakes perfectly suits for the quiet and sacred atmosphere you can perceive in a cloister. Traditionally associated with religion and in particular with monks, some cloisters have been abandoned during the years and then intended to host public places, others have preserved a spiritual and religious function.

The complexes of Piona abbey (Colico), Sant’ Abbondio (Como) and Santa Maria delle Grazie (Gravedona) offer some examples.

At the foot of Legnone Mountain and with great glimpses on Lake Como, the Piona abbey in Colico is the ideal place to plunge into nature. The main part of the complex is the cloister: built up around thirteenth century upon request of the prior from then, it has been realised and decorated in a style between Romanesque and Gothic.

The ex-convent lying near the Santa Maria delle Grazie church in Gravedona hosts an evocative cloister frescoed with the telling’s Jesus life and Augustinian saints. Abandoned for a long time, the cloister serves today as a library. Every summer the building becomes the suitable location for the Gravedona Harmony festival dedicated to well-being.

Beside the Sant’Abbondio Basilica in Como you can find another example of cloister, which once was the centre of a Benedictine medieval monastery. The structure has been renovated several times up to becoming in 2007 one of the branches of Como university.

The typical square structure recalls for the four cardinal directions as well as the four elements of the universe, while the fountain and the tree of life usually at the centre represent Christ as source of life and food for blessed. Though the use of the cloister has changed throughout the years, they still lie upon the same concept of silence and reflection.

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