Nature

Photo: Pietra Luna

It’s a boulder of pyramidal shape that owes its curious name to a crescent engraved on one side, of natural origin, accompanied by the letters PLDB (Moon Stone of Bellagio) and the…

Located above the Mezzola Lake, The "Tracciolino" is a small piece of art that has no equal in the Alps, whose construction dates back to the thirties. Bridges and tubbels in the mountains, often bravely constructed on overhanging rocks, to allow small wagons to bring men and materials from the dam in Val dei Ratti to the outlet in Val Codera

A cascading stream flowing into natural pools in a beautiful natural setting. In the hotter summer months, visitors can wade or swim in the cool mountain waters. More…

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,…

Famous for the gorge that bisects the colourfully painted town. The Ponte Roma bridge near the shore affords views of the waterfall on one side and the lake on the other.

A rifugio located at 1.200 metres in scenic position on Lake Como on the Via Dei Monti Lariani. Accessible from Moltrasio and Schignano by foot and also…

Photo: Mount Grona Via Ferrata

Located just above Menaggio, is definitely that place that you can define as a balcony on the lake. After a relaxing  hike we will get to a nice hut for a coffe, then in a while to the foot of our climb. It is usually a 2-3 hours climb, but we could leave it and go back anytime; but do…

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Extending along the Breggia river, this park is renown for its geological importance and was Switzerland’s first "geo-park". The area is rich in fossils and evidence of ancient seas. Of historical interest is the Red Church (14th c.) and a castle (12th c.). Equally worthy of historical note is a mill,cement factory and a brewery which suggests the river may…

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

Photo: Garden in the Valley

Garden consisting of reclaimed land that had previously been a garbage dump. The project began in the 1980s and was the genius idea of Mrs. Pupa Frati (affectionately known as Grandma Pupa). The Association of the "Garden in the Valley" is a non-profit, non-denominational, apolitical group who’s sole and principal activity is the…

Photo: POI Owner

Country House to rent of 70 sq.m. with private garden of 100 sq.m. Spectacular view on central Lake Como and surrounding mountains. Situated in Plesio at 650 m. altitude, 10 minutes by car…

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…

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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Nesso is a picturesque village on the eastern shore of the Como branch of Lake Como, at the mouth of the valley to the lake. Here, in the hamlet Coatesa, there is the Orrida of Nessus, a deep and picturesque gorge located at the mouth of the valleys of the FCA and Nosè; the ravine is formed by two streams that come together become a beautiful thunderous waterfall.…

Photo: Piombo Cave

Jurassic cave located just north of Erba. The entrance is enormous frequently compared to Milan’s Cathedral at about 45 meters in height, 38 wide and over 400 in length. Use of the cave dates back to Paleolithic times as evidenced by flints and cooking utensils left behind by nomadic hunters. Brickworks at the entrance date from the 16th…

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

Photo: Fatebenefratelli Botanical Garden

The garden hosts about 450 plant species each identified by a label indicating the common name, Latin name and family. A red dot even indicates poisonous or highly toxic plants. Valmadrera’s particular…

A perfect morning or afternoon hike with stunning views of Lake Como. San Martino is Lake Como’s most famous mountain church perched on a top a cliff above the town of Griante. Its official name is "Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino", but most everyone simply refers to it as San Martino. A hike to this church is one…

Come and see the Italian garden that dates back to the XVII Century with its geometrical schema, stair and terraces, statues and fountains;…

Located in Osteno, few km from Porlezza, straight on Lugano Lake, this is a very interesting canyon that follow the local river. It offers some nice slides, optional jumps ’till 5 meters and a remarkable experience through a cave system. Not…

A spectacular balcony over Lake Como, this hike will reward you with some of the most breath taking views of the lake. Monte Bregagno can be reached by first going to the town of Breglia by car or by bus. From there you can hike to Rifugio Menaggio, and up to the top of Bregagno after passing the Chapel of S.Amate.…

A beautiful route for mountain bikers, the trails of the mountains of Lake Como, which lends itself to many variations on the theme. It starts from Bellano and climbs to Vendrogno, then touching the pastures of Tedoldo, Camaggiore. From here you…

An outdoor museum focusing on Abstract Sculpture with an exhibition area of more than 120 acres. The Rossini Art Site resonates in many ways with its founder’s desire to create a flexible, friendly and enjoyable place for families. At RAS, kids can make an unconventional experience of contemporary art, without renouncing to the fun of…

Hike that follows the course of a river, including potholes, waterfalls and waterholes of rare beauty. Forcing the hiker to numerous fords that, like it or not, they will often cool off your feet, especially during periods when the water flow is…

A fishing village at the extreme north of Lake Como, close to the Swiss border. It is surrounded by majestic mountains which create a dramatic backdrop to this picturesque area. The main activities favour outdoor enthusiasts and include water…

For those wishing to experience the serenity of the Lake Como without a noisy engine, pollution or the need for a license, this may just be the thing. These battery operated boats have a very long range without…

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…

Photo: BOLD

Monti di Nava (850m), also referred to simply as Nava, is an area of alpine pastures in the mountains above Griante and at the foot of Monte Crocione. It was traditionally used for grazing animals…

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…

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.

Photo: Sasso Malascarpa Natural Reserve

One of the most interesting areas in Lombardy from a geological, geomorphological, and paleonthological point of view. Highlights include: Limestone pavement (karstic phenomenon); stratified rocks and…

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.

Located on the peaks above Bellagio, it’s a medium challenging and panoramic possibility with just some steeper parts, nice and smooth 40min approach hike and hut at the base with local food. The view from the top is a real gift. Kids…

Located on the northern slope of Monti Valletto (m. 2370) and Ponteranica (m. 2378). The construction of the dam, which occurred in the early years after World War II, expanded the lake’s capacity. Part of a popular hike to enjoy the beautiful views of the lake in whose waters reflect the mountains, especially the Pescegallo Peak (2368 m.).

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