The Volta Lighthouse stands on a hill in San Maurizio, 150 metres above Brunate. From Brunate you can follow a walking path up to the lighthouse and it takes less than 30 minutes to walk there. You can pay an admission and climb to the top of the lighthouse for wonderful views over the Alps and the surrounding lowland. Even if the lighthouse is closed you will get some great views down on Cernobbio and the valley towards Switzerland and the Alps. The lighthouse was built in memory of Alessandro Volta (who developed the first electrical cell) and was designed by the engineer Gabriele Giussani. It opened up in 1927 on the 100-year anniversary of Voltas death.