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Located on the western shore of Lake Como, Villa del Balbianello is perched on the point of the Dosso di Lavedo, a wooded promontory that juts out from the coastline to form a small peninsula. Villa del Balbianello is famous for its elaborate terraced gardens, and has been…

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 back to the 11th - 12th…

French cuisine restaurant run by Michelin Star Chef Bernard Fournier. Also features specialty items that can be purchased including foie gras, terrine, wine and gift items. This site was created to thank them for…

Lago Darengo is a beautiful mountain lake situated at 1790 m. altitude. The ideal starting point is from Crotto Dangri (650 m) above Gravedona ed Uniti, 10 km away from Lake Como and 3 km after Livo village (be carefull on the last 3 km which…

Monte Barro, a beautiful and charming terrace overlooking the Brianza area and its lakes. It is surrounded by Lake Como, Lake Annone, Lake…

Photo: Villa Melzi Gardens

Villa Melzi is a historic villa situated in the town of Bellagio. It is famous for its surrounding gardens, containing a variety of botanical specimens from around the world interspersed with statues,…

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S.E.V. Hut (mt. 1276) located above Valmadrera, near to Lecco, in the area of Pianezzo alongside Corni di Canzo and opposite the Mount Resegone, habitual destination of our Lecco territory. Started in 1957, the work was completed in 1964 thanks…

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…

Resort town in the Engadine valley in Switzerland and host to the Winter Olympics in 1928 and 1948. It is a popular destination of the upper class and international jet set, as well as one of the…

The Piona Priory or Piona Abbey, is a religious complex on the Lecco bank of Lake Como in the territory of the municipality of Colico, northern Italy. The abbey is set at the top of a small peninsula, the Olgiasca, which – like a crooked finger – points into the lake, creating an inlet. The abbey of Piona, or more exactly, the Priory of…

Photo: Parco Val Sanagra

The splendid Parco Val Sanagra is a large territory rich with flora, fauna, and interesting antique rural settlements. In 2005, the unspoiled Sanagra Valley, situated in…

Photo: Valtellina and Valchiavenna Bike Trails

No-stress cycling! The cycle path that crosses the entire lower Valtellina valley is perfect for those who prefer problem-free pedaling without any competitive stress, cycling at their own pace purely and simply for the pleasure of enjoying nature and the scenary.

Photo: Crotto Dangri

Located 10 km from the lake above Gravedona ed Uniti, Crotto Dangri offers a pleasant and calm atmosphere sorrounded by green valleys and clean rivers. Here you can taste a genuine e traditional…

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Stately neoclassical building dating back to the end of 1700. It has an Italian garden at the front and an English park at the back with secular trees and woody plants. The villa belongs to the City Council which uses it for conventions, events and art exhibitions. Visits are permitted to…

Photo: I Tigli in Theoria Ristorante

The eating experience at I Tigli in Theoria restaurant is really fascinating, with its delicate and sophisticated tasting paths and refined food in a charming location arising love for the culinary art. In a smart location…

Bormio’s origns are inextricably linked to its thermal waters which have been renown for their curative powers since ancient times. The baths at Bagni Vecchi, Bagni Nuovi and Terme di Bormio, are among the more…

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. Every year at the end of…

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This sanctuary is part of a series of shrines along a one kilometer cobble stoned walkway. The shrines depict scenes of the Madonna’s and Christ’s life and are represented by frescos and natural size statues made of stucco and terracotta.…

Photo: Val Bodengo Canyoning

Enjoy yourselves discovering canyoning with us; there are many activities that can please every keen sport enthusiast and all nature lovers. We feature four tours that will interest everybody: beginner to expert. The beauty of the canyon and…

Photo: La Pratolina Azienda Agricola

The Agriturismo Pratolina is located in the mountains at an altitude of 1100 meters in a small forested valley of the the Val d’Intelvi. To get there, you can leave your car in Posa, located above the town of Schignano at an altitude 830 meters and then…

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The extraordinary Romanesque church of S. Maria del Tiglio, that stands approximately 800 m left of the boat dock. It is one of the most important Romanesque buildings of the province. Built in the XII century it preserves precious frescoes and a wooden crucifix. The wall face with grey,…

Photo: The Sacred Mount of Ossuccio

The Sacred Mount of Ossuccio is one of the nine sacri monti in the Italian regions of Lombardy and Piedmont which were inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2003. The devotional complex is located on a prealpine crag some 200 metres above the…

The San Eusebio church is located just before arriving at the village Peglio. It stands in a beautiful position, overlooking the lake. It is one of the most significant examples of the counter Reformation in the Como area. Inside you can admire the famous paintings created by Giovanni Mauro della Rovere  (called Fiammenghino) in the 17th…

The Tower is located on a rocky outcrop above the village of Spurano and it was an ancient watchtower, which probably dates back to the 12th century. The fortified structure, included in the difensive system of the Comacina Island, was…

These are considered as one of the greatest Romanesque architectural monuments in Europe and are part of a single Benedictine settlement. Important note: the Church can be reached only on foot walking for about 1 hour through a mountain path (300 m difference in height). The first documents are from the 7th –8th century and,…

The town overlooks Como, some 500 metres below linked by a steep, narrow, winding road, and by the Como-Brunate funicular. The highlight of the trek is the lighthouse dedicated to Allesandro Volta who lived in Brunate for a short period. Brunate is also…

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The hike, or more appropriately walk, to San Martino is relatively short at about 45 minutes up from Griante, or about 1 hour up from the shore of Lake Como. The views of Lake Como here are the best of anywhere on the Lake. See below for directions.

Photo: Agua Rafting

Agua rafting was born to propose something unique in the Lombardy, to show the beauty of Valtellina from an unusual point of view: the river. Come down the river with us. For us the river is life…

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The shrine of Madonna del Bosco is one of the most famous sanctuaries devoted to Mary in all Lombardy, due to its link to Pope John XXIII. The shrine is a great example of Lombardy Baroque and it is placed in the river Adda’s valley on a hill…

The Erna Piani is a mountain resort at 1375m in the territory of Lecco, overhung by Monte Resegone and reached by a cable car, recently modernized, running from Malnago. The cable car was built in 1965 and the town began to be a destination for hikers in summer and skiers…

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.

The Greenway" is a leisurely and pleasant walk between Colonno and Cadenabbia following traces of the Antica Strada Regina, the antique connection road was built by the Romans. This 10 km long itinerary leads through ancient villages with wonderful examples of architecture, along villas and gardens with charming views.

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A prominent natural arch located in Formazione di Esino is a unique opening on the side of a mountain. It is a relic of a previous large karst system in the…

Il Rogolone is one of the biggest oak trees in Europe. It stands in a clearing in the woods near Velzo. The tree is almost 300 years old is 25 m high and its trunk has a circumference of 790 cm. Il Rogolone can be…

Photo: Lido di Bellagio

Located between Bellagio and the gardens of Villa Melzi, Lido Belaggio offers a beach equipped with gazebos and sun beds for relaxing in the sun, and provides a catering service for a light lunch. In the…

Located 30 km from Lake Como, Bergamo is the second most visited city in Lombardy after Milan. It is widely acknowledged as a city of rare beauty famous for its artistic treasures and enchanting medieval atmosphere. Bergamo is comprised of two distinct areas: a bustling…

An omni-present feature of Lake Como’s skyline is the Como Cathedral with its white marble facade and imposing dome. The interior is equally spectacular boasting elaborate altar paintings, gargoyles and a magnificent dome. Como Cathedral (Italian:…

The Gorge, created by the river Pioverna, is a natural canyon where giant bowls and incredible caves have been carved out by the water over the centuries. A concrete footbridge allows visitors to admire this beauty from an extremely unique…

Main church in Lecco dedicated to the saint patorn of sailors. Its structure is in Neoclassical style thanks to the architect Giuseppe Bovara who worked on its enlargement and contains 17th century furniture, a baptismal font of 1596, Romanesque parts of the 11th century and a chapel decorated with stories of St. Anthony (dated late 1…

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