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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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

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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

Towns on Lake Como Italy Cantu

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
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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Despite the proximity to Bellagio, few tourists visit this charming town on Lake Como. Maybe somebody is frightened by his reputation as  a village of witches and smugglers.  If Bellagio, beautiful and famous, it is the place of the great hotels, shopping and glamour, Lezzeno at a very short distance, is the place where you can discover the most hidden and mysterious soul of Lake Como area.

The two villages are separated by a curved road between rough cliffs. . If you have the courage to go this way and overcome the Devil’s Bridge, located right between the two villages, you will be rewarded with amazing views, fishermen’s homes where time seems to have stopped,mountains peaking on the village and on the lake.

Lezzeno is the longest town on the lake, 7 kms inhabited.  Inhabitants here unlike other villages didn’t choose to live too far from the shores and this justifies the numerous fishing activities still well represented nowadays. Village life here  had, and has nowadays,  a strong sense of belonging and complicity. During  the epic years of smuggling  it wasn’t uncommon for strangers who asked for information about people of the village, hear the inhabitants answer they didn’t know them at all and then discover the addressees were very close relatives.

Every year in March, on the occasion of the feast of St. Joseph, the banks of the country are illuminated by giant roaches. We know that in Lezzeno have lived many witches, then executed and burned. It is not, however, to recall these events that the burners are turned on. This is a competition between the different hamlets of the village.

The purpose of the competition is to build the stack that will burn for longer than any, but it must be defended from the actions of disturbances of opponents. All the contenders must be young and live in the hamlet they want to represent. On the morning of decisive day the different groups position their pyres waiting till it gets dark then once the fires are lit they all look out at the lake because in the dark a “pirate raid” from other hamlets  could try to put out the enemies’ bonfire.  Beauty, mystery, history and legends. A little paradise awaits you in Lezzeno,…… just beyond the Devil’s bridge.

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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

towns on Lake Como Italy

12 months,  12 towns, 12 emotions. Places, monuments and secret hamlets of Lake Como.

Someone says that our Lake and our territory are melancholic in autumn and winter, better to come in spring or summer. For us at Slow Lake Como, our territory is beautiful all the year round, and has infinite beauty to show, endless stories to tell.

We take you to the unknown places, in the towns overlooked by tourist circuits, in the corners you’ve never noticed, in cloisters and hidden or often closed monuments, choosing the seasons where they have more charm.

From “Devil’s Bridge” to “Paradise’s stairs”, from the old closed houses of the walled city of Como to the ancient sacred architecture of our territory, from the labyrinth town to the exterminated landscapes of the North Lake Como.
An exciting journey that lasts 12 months. Every month a stage, a new pearl, as we like it, walking with the step and curiosity of the wayfarer. We move slowly, but we never stop … follow us …

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October  2017 – March 2018 Calendar

Sun  29/10:  “Town of Hell”. Lezzeno and the Devil’s Bridge

Sat 25/11 “Como piccante”. La storia a luci rosse della città. “Spicy Como”. The red lights history of the city.

Sat 16/12 “Art in the Hidden Cloister”. Santa Margherita in Como.

Sat  20/01 “Cantù is beautiful!” Galliano and the Wood Museum.

Sun 25/02 The Labyrinth town”. Brienno.

Sun 25/03 “Churches, castles and ancient harbors”. Santa Maria and Rezzonico.

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