Things to Do near Monte Generoso Railway

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For 125 years now, the rack railway has been running along a picturesque 9 km stretch of mountain in scenary in the Monte Generoso nature park, from Capolago on Lake Lugano to the Monte Generoso summit at 1704 m. altitude. The steam train…

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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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…

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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A great meeting point in Como right on the water. Just minutes from the train station and harbour for ferries, Rapido and private boats alike. Ideal for a walk, sit at a café or have a meal.

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,…

Located in a beautiful natural setting surrounded by quiet woods and stately lime trees, on a plateau halfway up the mountain Pìnzernone. The shrine is dedicated to a young martyr of the fourth century; who is always…

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

A 10.5 meter, four sided climbing wall with about thirty routes ranging in difficulty from grade 3 to 7b +! The property is accessible depending on weather conditions, from March to September. Summer evenings are open to…

Sighignola is a mountain of the Como Prealps, located on the border between the Italian region of…

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Originated in the eleventh century as a building with a single nave, then it changed to three in the following centuries. The church has beautiful statues, decorated with low and high stucco relief and valuable fresco paintings from the 17 and 18th centuries by the famous artist family G. Crespi and C. Scotti from…

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FlyTicino flies 365 days a year (weather permitting). We mostly fly from Monte Generoso, and from 6 other flying locations near Lugano. All of our pilots possess the official Swiss Tandem FSVL license and speak English, German, French and…

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…

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The church was founded in 1300 by two brothers Hermits of St. Augustine from Civilio, a village above Como, on land donated by a family whose members were later…

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Daniel Libeskind created this dazzling 16.5 meter (54 feet) high stainless steel sculpture near Piazza Cavour, Como. The public monument, the first contemporary work ever to be installed in Como, is an homage to famed scientist Alexander Volta who hails from the city. "It is an amazing honor to be able to give this…

Provides a luxury air experience of Lake Como by helicopter. We not only offer tailor made helicopter flights, but a vast set of eno…

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The church was built in the 11th Century but has been almost comepletely rebuilt in the 17th century. Inside there are  splendid coloured "scagliole". In the Intelvi Valley the Maestri Intelvesi used a special material called "scagliola" or false marble to decorate churches and monuments. Many families or artisan workshops …

Since 1892, Tasell has been offering boat rentals, taxi and boat charters, transfers and cruises to discover the lake while accompanied by professional guides. A wide variety of boats are available to suit every requirement…

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Although early in Christian origin, this church collapsed due to erosion at the end of the 16th century and was completely rebuilt in the Baroque style. Of note, are lavish frescos, sculpture wooden inlaid furniture and a stone font presbytery.

The church of St. Agatha is opposite to the parish of St. Stephen and is oriented to the west. It is a small building with gabled facade, two bays, two niches in the first bay, two chapels rectangular plan in the second and a presbytery with a square plan, which gives access to the sacristy. The main façade is…

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A very popular excursion from the city is the ascent by funicular to the village of Brunate. This fun train made its first journey in 1894 and still today, every 30 minutes, it links the city with an…

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Villa Geno is a small lido placed on the east side of the bay of Como. From here the sight to the West side, with its…

Built in 1790 and renovated in 1850 in neoclassical form, Villa Geno is located alongside the famous Como fountain, featuring a jet of water 30 meters high. It is set in a unique natural complex consisting of the Lake and…

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…

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…

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The Parish Church is of Roman origin with a characteristic bell tower known "Tower Theodolinda" with distinct corner pilasters and arches. It is believed to be built on the ruins of an early medieval castle belonging to Queen Theodolinda, whose jeweled crown appears on the coat of arms. The nave frescoes and…

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Located in an isolated spot outside the hamlet of Veglio where originally stood a small medieval church of which only remains the apse (now a side chapel). It is considered one of the most beautiful and intact examples of 11-12th century architecture of the area. The first chapel upon entering was built in the…

Built around 1850 by Russian Prince Troubetzkoy, married to one of the daughters of famous Ballerina Marta Taglioni. The Prince came to the area after having served six months heavy labour in a Siberia for…

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…

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Built on location of a church dating back to the 16th century, Santi Epimaco e Girdino was completely rebuilt in the second half of the 18th century. The original parish church is located in the lower part of town, near the lake. For this reason, during the twentieth century it was abandoned and the benefit of the…

Available for private rental with chef and all modern amenities. Also known as Villa Taglioni, after the original owner, ballerina Marie Taglioni who in lived in the feudal home for forty years. The property…

Blevio is the first town you come to on the eastern shore of the lake when coming from Como. From the centre of town spectacular panoramas greet visitors. Home to several private…

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Spina Verde Regional Park stretches on the hills northwest of Como. The area has many interesting features: nature - with its particular geology and vegetation; archeology - with remains from the medieval Baradello Castle to recent trenches of Sasso…

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Presently the municipal office for the town of Cavallasca and tourist office for Spina Verde Park, the villa is surrounded by a beautiful park and terraces. The building has important…

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.

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CastaDiva Resort & Spa is a five-star luxury resort located on the east side of Lake Como, in the lovely village of Blevio, only 5…

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…

A hike that starts not far from Como with spectacular views of Lake Como and the Italian and Swiss Alps, Monte Colmegnone (m 1.383) is also known as Poncione di Laglio. The altitude gain of the hike is about 1000 meters.…

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…

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