Mount Bisbino Cernobbio

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Located above the village of Cernobbio, it is the starting point of the famous route known as "Via dei Monti Lariani", a hiking and cycling trail of 125 km on the mountains of the western shore of Lake Como. Many of the villages connected by the route, are situated between 600 and 1200 m of altitude, were used by the locals to reach Alpine pastures. It is an easy hiking trail that gives you the possibility to enjoy incredible panoramas and is one of the most interesting itineraries of the mountains of Lombardy. The "Via dei Monti Lariani" is divided into four sections and there is also the possibility to follow just small sections of the trail because the roads, mule tracks and the hamlets that you meet on your way, give you numerous possibilities to return down to the lake.

Making Your Way Up Mount "Bisbino"

The summit is reached by a road from the town of Cernobbio on Lake Como, passing by villages Rovenna and Madrona. The stretch between Rovenna and the summit, was built during the construction of the Northern Frontier in the first World War popularly known as "Cadorna Line". On a clear day at the summit, you can enjoy a wide view of the lake and you see the Apennines mountains and Monviso beyond the Po Valley.

At the summit you'll also come across a sanctuary dedicated to the Blessed Virgin that is the reference point for the community of Our Lady of Bisbino, documented from the fourteenth century and indicated on the map of Teresian Rovenna, a weather station and a restaurant. Inside the Sanctuary there's a beautiful statue of Our Lady in white marble by an unknown sculptor attributed to the school of Leonardo da Vinci and many ex votos given to Our Lady by soldiers who survived World War II.

Below the sanctuary is an artillery observatory in the cave, while in the immediate surroundings, there are several trenches and two ambush artilleries. The garrison was intended to monitor and beat the valley of Mendrisio and the southern slopes of Monte Generoso.

The summit of the mountain is surrounded by a forest of fir trees, the result of reforestation carried out in the 1930's of the twentieth century.