Things to Do near Brienno

Old world atmosphere characterizes this town with narrow streets, laneways and steep stairs. Mount San Bernardo and Briante rise over 130…

Located in a churchyard, this statue represents a man in the act of throwing a large stone. The monument reminds locals of a battle in Libya in which alpinists of Brienno fought. The battalion Morbegno, all composed of…

The Church of Saints Nazario and Celso is just a short walk away from the waters of Lake Como, near the harbor in the old town of Brienno. Some documents attest to the presence of a church since the end of the thirteenth century, the Romanesque…

The Bear's Cave or Bear's Hole, is found on the northern extreme of Laglio, in the Torriggia area, at about 400 meters above Lake Como. You arrive by climbing from Torriggia via a mountain path. The grotto is famous for…

At the entrance to Laglio's cemetery is a curious pyramidal tomb containing the mortal remains of prestigious doctor Joseph Frank. Born in 1771 Frank was a student of physics and medicine in Pavia. He was a pupil of Alessandro Volta, of whom he became a great friend. He moved…

Argegno is a small village situated on an inlet in the lake, and is built alongside the River Telo. A popular cable car excursion, one of…

Photo: Lido di Argegno

Our beach is clean, private and equipped with sunbeds. Enjoy views envied worldwide. It's a safe place where families and young people can spend hours…

Parish church of Argegno made with Moltrasio stone in the Neo-romanic Style. A construction in neo-Romanesque style with a gabled facade enhanced by a rose window depicting saints. On the front of the church is a mosaic of the four Evangelists, the patron of Como, Saint Abbundius and Saint Anna, patron saint of Argegno.

Pigra is located above the picturesque town of Argegno and can be reached by cable car. From Pigra you can do the wonderful hike down to Colonno (2 hrs.) situated on the lake.

A very small town located 14KM north of Como made famous by George Clooney’s purchase of a villa previously owned by the Heinz family. The villa was location for scenes from Ocean’s Twelve. Also of interest is an out-of-place pyramid mausoleum to Joseph Frank.

This cable car, one of the steepest ones in Europe—in only 5 minutes it brings you from 200 m to 850 m offering you a spectacular view of the town of Argegno and the lake. Bus line C10 stops right in front of the cable car station at…

Photo: Centro Nautico Lario - Rent Boat Turati

When in Argegno, consider renting a boat and seeing the sites from the water. No boat license required. We are open every day from April to September all-day opening. We advise that boats be booked at our shipyard or by phone at…

Following a stay in Lake Como, George Clooney was fascinated by the area and bought a house in Laglio, a villa of the eighteenth century called Villa Oleandra. He later became an honorary…

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With origins in the 17th century and remodelled later with an image of the patron saint on the facade by Bernardino Barelli. Noteworthy are the altar sculptures, frescoes, stucco, oil paintings, a Renaissance tabernacle and the wooden reliquary busts of St. Faustina and Liberata. Be sure to see the wonderful…

Located on the western shore of Lake Como, the area consists of the two distinct centres: Urio and Carate Lario; they were administratively united in 1927. Urio, rich with…

Urio, the part of the town that lies south of Carate, is characterized by the Romanesque bell tower of the Saints Quirico and Giulitta church that stands close to the lake. Rebuilt in 1865 from an original Romanesque church with…

Villa and conference centre with an extensive English Garden. The construction of the villa, built perhaps on the remains of an ancient fortification…

The church stands on the lake but you can also reach it from the antique center via small alleyways and steps. Next…

On the ancient road that ran through the Val d'Intelvi, between Biazzeno and Dizzasco stands the parish church SS. Pietro and Paolo with its tall bell tower. It stands on a hillock with a wide…

This little village, which lies on the western shore of Lake Como, at the foot of Monte Costone, is one of the most distinctive places on the lake. In the last century Sala Comacina was already considered an important holiday destination, as is…

The Villa Erker Hocevar is surrounded by a large garden, overlooking the road along the lake, which is directly connected by a passageway. Built between 1829 and 1830, the villa's…

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Experience 21 deluxe spa double rooms with emotional showers, chromo & aromatherapy, furniture and colours oriented to the guest relaxation. A holistic view of the person…

Just north of Como, is this charming Lido, situated next to the Hotel Imperiale. It provides a relaxed environment in which to enjoy a natural lake swim, that includes divings. A snack shop and an authentic…

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Located opposite Comacina island, this villa was once the home to many distinguished individuals including Beccaria Bonesana who built the villa in the 1…

Moltrasio is located on the west shore in the first basin of Lake Como. Famous for its villas, houses, personalities and gardens (see for example, Villa Fontanelle,…

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This little Romanesque church is built directly on the lake and still preserves its original structure. Worth seeing is not only the sail bell tower, but also the several traces of frescoes on the internal and external walls, among which stands out the huge image of S. Cristoforo. Other…

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Situated in the hamlet of Vignola, along the ancient Via Regina, it preserves its ancient structure in bare stone decorated with small arches. The exterior has remains of Renaissance and late Gothic frescos. The interior is divided into two naves with semi-circular apses. There is a particularly fine 16th…

Right at the beginning of the town of Castiglione, with the green Intelvi valley as a back ground, stands the oratory of the Madonna del Restello built in the 17th century to thank the Madonna for the end of a plague that had infested the valley.  Inside the precious baroque stuccos of the altar and the…

Photo: Comacina Island

Not far from the shore, in front of the town Ossuccio, lies Comacina Island, the only Island in lake Como with its little white church dedicated to S. Giovanni. The island is also home to roman ruins, nature hikes and a well known restaurant: ‪Locanda Dell'Isola Comacina.…

This Romanesque church with emblematic bell tower was once a lodging for pilgrims making their way to Rome along Lake Como’s western shore. The history of the church has always been bound with contiguous ancient medieval hospice. The single nave Romanesque church dates…

Photo: Lido Ossuccio

The park of "Ospedaletto" is one of the most popular meadows during the summer season, access is free. The field is located near the ancient church tower of St. Maria Maddalena, there is a car park just above the lawn, a parking garage and going…

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Hire a motorboat, drive it and enjoy a sightseeing tour to Bellagio and Varenna, see Lecco’s lake leg, the magnificent Villa Melzi, the…

This building is the parish church of Ossuccio and was built after the church bearing the same name, situated on the Comacina Island. It dates back to the 12th century and during the restoration works of 1959 many parts of the Romanesque building were restored. On the left side of the presbytery there…

Ossuccio is a small town home to less than 1000 people. It looks onto Lake Como’s only island Comancina while inshore the hills quickly ascend into…

Privately owned and protected by a high wall, this villa tempts curious visitors with its elegant garden, thanks to a wide gate, overlooking Via Regina. It is also one of the points of interest along the celebrated Green Way. The villa divides the garden, small in size, in two areas, one towards the lake decorated with…

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Casa Brenna Tosatto is in Campo di Lenno, situated on the western branch of the Lake Como, an area which offers wonderful natural landscapes and rare examples of…

Photo: Casa Brenna Tosatto Cooking School

Casa Brenna Tosatto is in Campo di Lenno, situated on the western branch of the Lake Como, an area which offers wonderful natural landscapes and rare examples of architectural and artistic history. Here you can learn the art of cooking with chocolate and pastry…

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Villa Fontanelle is near Moltrasio on the Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy, about 50 kilometres (31 mi) from Milan. Presently owned by Russian billionaire Arkady Novikov, this villa was once home to Gianni Versace who lived there until his murder in 1997. It can only be seen from the water by boat (or…

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