Lake Como cooking classe how to make pizza 2

Pizza is a traditional Italian food and Lake Como is a great place to learn how to make pizza and also to taste it. Pizza can be found in different variations and it is so appreciated that in 2017 it has become a UNESCO heritage. It is interesting to learn about the real history of pizza: it is said that it was invented by the chef Esposito in 1889 for the visit of Queen Margherita of Savoy. The originality of the pizza was that it looked like the Italian flag with red made of tomatoes, white from mozzarella and green of basil and it was named in honor of the Queen Margherita. However, pizza appears also before in 1866 in the book “Customs and Traditions of Naples” from De Bouchard, and it is said that it was invented for the working class, who required inexpensive food that could be consumed quickly but it was the Esposito’s version that made it popular and symbol of Italian food culture.

Nowadays, there are many versions of pizza form the cheapest ones to the most expensive ones like the one invented by the pizzaiolo Renato Viola, named Luigi XII, which is worth 8,300 euros. The ingredients are biological certified flour and Australian pink salt, three types of caviar, red prawns, lobster, sea cicada, fish eggs and Cognac Louis XII Remy Martin. Moreover, it is also served with a champagne bottle. Another version of pizza very famous in Naples is the fried pizza, which was born after the war as a response of the Neapolitan people. In fact, after the world war, eating pizza was expensive not only because of the ingredients but also because bombings destroyed the ovens. The dough of fried pizza is the same, the only difference is that instead of being cooked in an oven, it is soaked in red-hot oil.

Since 2009, Pizza Margherita was given the Traditional Guaranteed Speciality EU label together with other two pizzas’ types: Pizza Marinara with garlic and oregano, and Margherita Extra made of mozzarella di Bufala DOP, tomatoes and basil.

Lake Como cooking classe how to make pizza

Source: pizza in the wood-brick oven  https://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/pizza-margherita-history-and-recipe

These pizzas are certified because in order to make them it is necessary to use quality ingredients and a special procedure: first of all, 3 mm thick disk of dough with 1-2 cm of crust are needed. Moreover, the pizza should be made by hand without machinery and the pizza needs to be cooked in a wood-brick oven at 485°C for about 90 seconds.

Here it is the original Pizza Margherita recipe registered in the “Disciplinare di Produzione della Specialità Tradizionale Garantita Pizza Napoletana”. To make the dough you have to mix flour, salt, water and yeast and it should be smooth and extensible. After letting the dough to rest for 2 hours it should be divided in portions of 180 grams each and let them rise for other 4-6 hours. After this, when the dough is ready, you need to roll it until it becomes 3 mm thick and has 1-2 cm edge. For the filling, take 70 g chopped tomatoes and put and spread them in the center of the disk of dough. Then, add DOP mozzarella and some basil leaves. At the end, put some extra virgin olive oil and cook at a temperature between 450C° to 480C°. pay attention to change the position of the pizza frequently so that the heat is spread.

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Source: the original pizza Margherita https://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/pizza-margherita-history-and-recipe

Slow Lake Como organizes unique cooking classes in the Lake Como area. How to make pizza is one of our most appreciated experiences. The philosophy behind is that food is not only nutrition but also culture, history, and passion. With the teacher, you will make your own pizza and of course taste it is the perfect way to finish the class.

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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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Source: Tremezzo https://lakecomotravel.com/tremezzina/#ossuccio-isola-comacina

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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In these first years of activity on Lake Como we have collaborated with many special people, today we want to thank and talk to you about Ale and Katia. Cascina Respaù is, in fact, one of Slow Lake Como food partners.  Cascina Respau beautiful and unique, it is an ancient medieval farmhouse from the 16th century, immersed in the natural park of Spina Verde, on one of the hills above Como. The farm is also a hostel, perfect for people who want a peaceful atmosphere around.

The beauty of the place is given by its location in the middle of nature, and by the fact that you can arrive directly on foot, with a nice walk. Once you are in the Cascina, after “so much effort” to be welcomed by the owners Alessandro and Katia who will make you feel at home is very pleasant!

Starting from Cascina Respau there are many walking paths perfect to digest a tasty and local dish prepared at the Cascina with fresh and healthy ingredients, cooked with love by Ale and Katia.

“The secret of our kitchen?” Says Alessandro “In an age of dishes to be enjoyed only with eyes and brains we have brought taste to the center of the recipes!” In my opinion, the secret of their success is based on two factors: slow values and activities. They put more taste in the recipes, more heart in every dish prepared, and in order to do this, they wake up early in the morning and do everything by hand with natural ingredients. This is certainly one of the many reasons that make Ale, Katia and all the staff of Cascina Respau one of the fantastic collaborators of Slow Lake Como with whom to organize tastings, cooking classes or end the great tour and other activities!

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One of the just mentioned activities Slow Lake Como is organizing in partnership with Ale & Katia is called Food & Woods. If you want to live a night in Como as a real local, then this is the perfect event for you. During the warm seasons, locals love spending evenings with friends, in the woods outside the city center. During this experience, you will enjoy the coolness of the woods watching the sunset from the hills and the night will end by tasting some traditional food in a typical “baita” (Cascina)surrounded by trees. Baita is a typical tavern or restaurant of the area (usually reachable only by foot) where you can find simple but authentic food of the local tradition, which are difficult to find in the city center. There is a special ritual for this event: walk, eat, drink some wine and chat; socializing in the old fashion way. Every local has his own favorite baita and the challenge is to lead your friends in a new one they don’t know yet. Paths are simple to walk and, as they are on the hills surrounding the city center, it will be almost impossible to meet other tourists. This type of activity cannot be found on the cover of tourism magazines:  is an important place for locals, because it’s where we locals spent their childhood and where they still go to chill with our friend and families. Finally, there will be a visit to Slow Lake Como favorite baita, Cascina Respaù, to enjoy some local delicacies!Cascina Respau- slow lake como partner- dinnerMariya,
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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.

greenway of Varenna _Slow Lake Como

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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Secret Lake Como to discover:

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

Slow Lake Como cooking classes how to make risotto

Slow Lake Como activities are exploring everything that is local and interesting, today we are glad to share more about Lake Como cooking classes and risotto.

Origins

The legend says that the risotto alla Milanese (literally translated into rice of Milan) has its origins back in 1574 with the artist Valerio from Flanders and his assistant, who was called Saffron as he was used to mixing yellow with all the colors in the artistic creations of Valerio. At the wedding of Valerio’s daughter, Saffron wanted to make a joke by adding the spice saffron in the rice to make it yellow. However, the guests liked both the taste of it and its color as it was cheerful and perfect for the wedding.

Saffron is the secret ingredient of the “risòtt giald” (another name of the rice in dialect, which means yellow rice). It is a plant whose flower can be light violet or purple with three red threads, from which the yellow powder comes from. This powder has also other useful applications such as in liquors and as digestive. The countries where it is grown are the warmest one such as India, Persia, Greece, and Spain but later also in Italy (Sardegna and the territory around L’Aquila). In fact, the Sforza family used saffron for their rich Milanese banquets as it was considered a symbol for material and spiritual richness, abundance, prosperity, and joy. Moreover, the yellow color is associated with immortality. It was considered such a precious spice that a half kilo of saffron was exchanged for a horse!

Another funny legend says that the yellow risotto is a relative of Arancini: a typical dish from Sicily. The legend is about a cook who moved from Sicily to Milan and wanted to make Arancini, but because she didn’t have all the ingredients to fill in the dish, she used the yellow rice of Milan.

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Photo1. Slow Lake Como cooking classes how to make risotto (source www.ilgiornaledelcibo.it)

Here below you can find a comparison of both the traditional and the modern versions of the recipe.

How to make risotto: Original Recipe

Ingredients for 6 people:

  • 30 g of beef marrow or minced beef
  • 2-3 l of hot broth
  • Two tablespoons of dark and light beef roast fat (if missing put the marrow up to 60 g)
  • Small onion finely treated
  • A tuft of saffron pistils or a bag of saffron
  • Salt
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • 50 g of butter

This recipe is approved and registered with the status De.Co. in the City of Milan since 2007, which means that the dish is belonging to the territory of Milan. This recognition makes it possible to spread the risotto alla Milanese abroad but also conserving its roots. For this reason, the risotto was the protagonist at the famous exhibition EXPO 2015 in Milan.

Lake Como cooking classes: Risotto alla Milanese 2.0

Ingredients for 4 people

  • 400 g of carnaroli rice
  • 1/2 white onion
  • A glass of still white wine
  • 2 bags of saffron from Abruzzo or Sardinian
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 240g of butter
  • Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano (grated)
  • A good meat broth

The difference between the traditional recipe and the new one is in the use of fat instead of wine: the traditional version uses an animal fat, while in the modern version the fat is substituted by the wine.

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Photo2. Slow Lake Como cooking classes how to make risotto alla Milanese, source:.italiasquisita.net

Personally I love traditions and keep things like in the past, but in this case, I am happy about the 2.0 version of the risotto using wine instead of meat fat. It still keeps the main ingredients with a slight modification: both modern and tasty, which aligns also with our Lake Como cooking classes’ values.

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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
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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The Como area has an ancient olive growing tradition. This is thanks to its particular micro climate. The lake mitigates the rigid winter temperatures.  A group of Greek settlers following Julius Caesar’s army might have started the cultivation of olive trees in the area.
Taste the oil of this land and learn about it’s ancient production and tradition during Lake Como cooking classes by Slow Lake Como.

In 1997 it obtained the coveted recognition of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Laghi Lombardi, sub-designation Lario from the European Union. The rigid  production guidelines demand  manual harvesting of olives to maintain the high quality of the product using small mechanical tree shakers, usually in the month of November. The production zone includes 29 municipalities in the province of Como, situated along the western shore of the Lario, in particular in the so-called Zoca de l’Oli (or Oil Basin) between Sala Comacina and Ossuccio, and in the North Lake area, in the Triangolo Lariano (between Bellagio and Oliveto Lario) and on the shores of Lake Lugano (Porlezza and Valsolda). Local olives are pressed at one of the two mills on the lake: one in Lenno on the Como shore of the lake and the other in Bellano. 

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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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Photo credits: Michael Casanova

 

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