Crezzo Lake - Slow Lake Como

Lake Crezzo is a unique pearl, a small charmed lake located in Lake Como (Italy). Lake of Crezzo is a small ‘pool of water’ located in Lasnigo, Barni a district of Como. The place can be easily reached taking the way for Crezzo and flanking Lambretto river. It’s about a moist ambient pretty well preserved: surrounded by mountains and with a breath-taking view on the Lake Como (Italy). The most interesting thing about the lake is its peculiar plant life such as the carnivorous violet plant able to catch small insects. The name ‘Crezzo’ probably comes from the Latin word Carex, referring to the characteristic plant swamp sedge which could be found in the lake when the level of water is low. Walking around the ancient village you could visit Sant’Alessandro Church… curiously, Lasnigo has five churches and only six hundred inhabitants! Sant’Alessandro Church is normally closed, so if you would like to visit its suggestive inner you should better ask the keeper. Along the path leading to Barni, you will find signs indicating Crezzo memorial monument. The monument was built up in commemoration of the plane Atr 42 collision some years ago. Despite the tragic event of the monument, you can enjoy another pleasant view of our precious landscape. A peaceful place where getting lost and relaxing in nature!

Crezzo Lake - Slow Lake Como

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In front of the entrance to the old tunnel in Brienno, there is a sign indicating “Galleria Mina”. During WWI this tunnel was built as an ambush and as a warehouse for artillery equipment which, in case of an advance of the invaders, would be blown up to invade the road, thus blocking the only entry both northwards and southwards. Soldiers and travelers have left graffiti on the bricks. Today it is a place for silence and remembrance telling a story now forgotten even by the locals. If you wish to know more deeply this and other little known places you can join cultural and gastronomical itineraries organized along the whole region.

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The heritage of Musso & The Giardino del Merlo
Churches, Castles, Ancient Ports and Dream Landscapes. Rezzonico and Santa Maria.
Brienno.The Labyrinth Village
The Village of Hell. Lezzeno and the Devil’s Bridge.
Cantù is Beautiful! Galliano and the Museum of Wood

Many monuments along Lake Como, Italy are built using a fine material called Sasso di Moltrasio. If you are not scared of steep rises, in Carate Urio you can discover the places where this material originates, and be fascinated by their mysterious beauty. Truly, the origin of the name Carate derives from the pre-Latin cara, carra (stone, boulder, rock). We suggest you climb there on full moon nights when the place gives off a strange and mysterious light. Stop by one of the ancient quarries to listen to the stories of the rock. If you wish to know more deeply this and other little-known places you can join cultural and gastronomical itineraries organized along the whole region.

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Orrido di Nesso: the hidden waterfall
The heritage of Musso & The Giardino del Merlo
Churches, Castles, Ancient Ports and Dream Landscapes. Rezzonico and Santa Maria.
Brienno.The Labyrinth Village
The Village of Hell. Lezzeno and the Devil’s Bridge.
Cantù is Beautiful! Galliano and the Museum of Wood

Someone considers it, and maybe they aren’t completely wrong a cumbersome kitsch monument. For sure it is one of the most surprising and awkward places of Lake Como (Italy). It’s 1852 and the pyramid was built as a funerary monument not for a pharaoh but for Joseph Frank, a German man who did a lot for the people of Laglio. It is a really strange sensation when you see it from the Lake or from the road following its shore. The lights of the sunset and the warmth of the evening make it look even more mysterious. If you wish to know more deeply about this and other little-known places you can join cultural and gastronomical itineraries organized along the whole region.

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Orrido di Nesso: the hidden waterfall
The heritage of Musso & The Giardino del Merlo
Churches, Castles, Ancient Ports and Dream Landscapes. Rezzonico and Santa Maria.
Brienno.The Labyrinth Village
The Village of Hell. Lezzeno and the Devil’s Bridge.
Cantù is Beautiful! Galliano and the Museum of Wood

Misteryous boulders, Lake Como Italy

Piazzaga, a small hamlet near Torno, can be reached only by walking, with a mule track setting aside incredible discoveries of historical and archaeological importance. In this interesting area of Lake Como (Italy) there are, sometimes easily visible, sometimes more hidden, a few hidden erratic boulders which, during the Quaternary era, were dragged by the glaciers which formed Lake Como. Some appear excavated and worked to obtain tombs for the mighty of the area. A few examples of these extraordinary “massi avelli” can be found along the trail leading to Cascine Negrenza. The view of the burials, placed in forests of century-old chestnut trees, raises deep feelings. In the same area in  Montepiatto you can visit the Church of Saint Elizabeth but also the “Prea Pendula”; easy to reach following the signs it offers an unforgettable and amazing view. Standing close to that huge stone mushroom you feel so small in front of the mystery of Nature. From Montepiatto you can take a path which, walking through the mountains above Blevio, takes you to Brunate. If you wish to know more deeply this and other little-known places of Lake Como Italy you can join cultural and gastronomical guided tours organized along the whole region.

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Orrido di Nesso: the hidden waterfall
The heritage of Musso & The Giardino del Merlo
Churches, Castles, Ancient Ports and Dream Landscapes. Rezzonico and Santa Maria.
Brienno.The Labyrinth Village
The Village of Hell. Lezzeno and the Devil’s Bridge.
Cantù is Beautiful! Galliano and the Museum of Wood

Misteryous boulders, Lake Como Italy

A beach for a few, Rezzonico, Lake Como Italy

We are in Rezzonico, one of the most beautiful villages along the Lake Como (Italy) , but where only a few arrive. We are north of the most widely-known routes, real mountains behind, covered with snow till springtime; it’s almost always windy, and during the winter nights you can hear the wind howling among the small streets of the village. There is a medieval castle with so many stories to tell, but this short text is not dedicated to it. Just besides the castle a path starts, follow it confident….. at the end you’ll be welcomed by one of the most beautiful and secret beaches of the Lake. If you wish to know more deeply this and other little known places of Lake Como Italy you can join cultural and gastronomical guided tours organized along the whole region.

A beach for a few in Rezzonico, Lake Como Italy

A beach for a few in Rezzonico, Lake Como Italy

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Orrido di Nesso: the hidden waterfall
The heritage of Musso & The Giardino del Merlo
Churches, Castles, Ancient Ports and Dream Landscapes. Rezzonico and Santa Maria.
Brienno.The Labyrinth Village
The Village of Hell. Lezzeno and the Devil’s Bridge.
Cantù is Beautiful! Galliano and the Museum of Wood

Careno vertical emotions in Lake Como, Italy

It is one of the most beautiful hamlets. Invisible from the main road leading to Bellagio, Careno can be spotted only from the lake, and it looks like a wedge descending sharply till the water. Around here there are some of the most impervious and wild corners of the lake. At the end, a few steps from the pier, the two monuments we most love. An old style trattoria where you can taste (real) local delicacies and, just in front, an evocative and gorgeous Romanesque church. How can you visit it? The owners of the trattoria hold the keys, and if you are not in a hurry and look like you “understand” the place, they will show it to you.

Careno vertical emotions in Lake Como, Italy

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Orrido di Nesso: the hidden waterfall
The heritage of Musso & The Giardino del Merlo
Churches, Castles, Ancient Ports and Dream Landscapes. Rezzonico and Santa Maria.
Brienno.The Labyrinth Village
The Village of Hell. Lezzeno and the Devil’s Bridge.
Cantù is Beautiful! Galliano and the Museum of Wood

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A hamlet with few houses, a cobblestones road, a small port for colorful little boats, just one intimate restaurant. Pescallo lays on the same promontory as Bellagio, the world-famous pearl of the Lake, but hidden on the other side, facing the Lecco branch perennially admiring the breath-taking show of the Grigne. It’s the other side of Bellagio, therefore the connoisseurs’ “side”. Really far from every clamor, just a few steps away from the place most visited by mass tourism.

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Orrido di Nesso: the hidden waterfall
The heritage of Musso & The Giardino del Merlo
Churches, Castles, Ancient Ports and Dream Landscapes. Rezzonico and Santa Maria.
Brienno.The Labyrinth Village
The Village of Hell. Lezzeno and the Devil’s Bridge.
Cantù is Beautiful! Galliano and the Museum of Wood

Lake Como, Italy: sceneries that have enchanted the world, for centuries.

Hermann Hesse in his book Wandering Italy in the chapter “Walk on Lake Como” (it was the year 1913 on a boat near Torno) wrote: “Even the village, tiny and slightly steep, gave to the lake the harmonious enchantment of one of its sceneries: wide stone steps to serve as a docking place and for washing, at the foot of which some boats were moored, a house covered with vegetation, a quiet small square in clear stone with beneath the façade and the bell tower of a fine church and the pleasant half-round wall of the harbour overlooked by young trees. It was a painting of such harmonious perfection that at last I did not dare to disturb its grace.”

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The magnificent scenery of Lario, another name under which Lake Como is also known as, has charmed over the centuries numerous artists other than Hesse, including: the French writer Flaubert, the musicians Gioacchino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi and Vincenzo Bellini, the latter in particular here found the inspiration to write the famous opera “Norma”.

The lake is the birthplace of eminent personalities such as the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta, inventor of the first generator of electric energy or the battery, whose relics are on display inside the temple erected in his honour in Como. In the city it is possible to retrace his history and his importance thanks to dedicated itineraries, also known as “itinerari voltiani”.

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Lake Como is situated within short distance (around 50 km) from Milan and lies in between the provinces of Como and Lecco; it is the third Italian lake by extension, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore, and is the deepest (410 metres). The lake, one of the most important in Lombardy and with a typical shape of an upside down Y, is made of three main branches: that of Como to the South-West, Lecco (cited by Manzoni in his famous incipit in The Betrothed) to the South-East and of Colico to the North.

Numerous beautiful villas are scattered among the branches of the lake, which has been the idyllic destination for the vacation and pleasure of the Lombard nobility since the beginning of the XVI century, while its main villages offer many hidden gems to be discovered. Como, the main city and administrative centre, from which the lake takes its name, has a millenary history and a role as a border city, between the Northern characters and the grandiosity of Rome and of the settlers coming from the Magna Greece. Como has a complex and rich history. It has exceptional monuments, Roman, Romanesque and Medieval, but is also considered the fatherland of Italian architectural and artistic Rationalism; here lie numerous examples of modern European architecture such as the Novocomum, the house Giuliani Frigerio, the War Memorial and the former Casa del Fascio (or House of the Fascist Emblem), all designed by the Italian architect Giuseppe Terragni. It is possible to discover these fine examples of architecture following dedicated rationalist itineraries.

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In Cernobbio, it is worth paying a visit to the sixteenth-century Villa d’Este, used by Alfred Hitchcock as the location of the movie “Garden of Pleasure”, and the famous Villa Erba, one of the most important 19th century Italian villas on the lake. Further to the North, lies the village of Ossuccio, famous for the presence of the only island on the lake just in front of it and for the Sacred Mountain of Ossuccio, recognised by UNESCO as a universal heritage site. In the villages by the shore of Moltrasio and Lenno also lie Villa Passalacqua and Villa Balbianello. They are famous for the perfect symbiosis with the surrounding scenery.

Along the coastline, lies Tremezzo and its famous Villa Carlotta, with the garden terraces famous all over the world and the museum enriched with works by Canova and Hayez.

At the meeting of the three lake branches, lies the gem of Bellagio with its elegant and magnificent aristocratic villas, among which Villa Serbelloni and Villa Melzi, the latter famous for its botanic park. The area is also one of the main destinations for the worldwide cycling. The Giro d’Italia passes every year by Bellagio and from here thousands of amateur and professional cyclists challenge themselves by cycling the steep hill up to Ghisallo whose narrow bends have seen the best performances of famous champions such as Coppi, Bartali and Pantani. At the top of the hill, there is the museum of cyclism, one of the richest in memorabilia around the world and with a simple and moving chapel by which it is said every true cyclist should pass at least once in a lifetime.

From Bellagio to the South, you arrive in Lecco. Surrounded by breath-taking mountain scenery where famous mountaineers have trained, such as Cassin, Lecco is less famous than Como but has fine views and is still largely unexplored. Here, a visit to Villa Manzoni is imperative. The site of a museum dedicated to the famous Italian writer is also the starting point for an itinerary to retrace the steps of his most notorious work, The Bethroted.

From Bellagio to the North, it is possible to visit the splendid villages of Varenna, Bellano and Colico, where lies the Abbey of Piona.

Together with the historical-cultural vocation of Lake Como, there are also nature loving and sporting activities that can be easily practiced. Mountaineers can climb, and there are plenty of hill trekking trails, mountain bike trails, and hiking areas.

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The foodies who love good food and want to know more about the wine and food traditions of the area have the opportunity to discover the dishes and the unique products that the lake has to offer including the risotto with perch fish, the fine olive oil from Lake Como, the numerous vegetables (among which the asparagus from Cantello and surrounding areas) and obviously numerous dishes with fish from the lake such as missoltini (salted and dessicated fish, shad, that is pressed and marinated with vinegar and oil).

This is just a brief overview of what the territory has to offer and of its fascination. We invite you to enjoy in person the true beauty of what has been described that has charmed tourists and celebrities all over the world, but also to go beyond normal touristic things. Every village, every little neighbourhood, has its own peculiar character. Some metres beyond the mainstream monuments, you can find hidden gems that are poorly or almost completely unknown to the most.

Lake Como has a deep and complex beauty which is the perfect destination for the tourist who likes going beyond the surface.

The secret side of Lake Como (in Italy) is just under the glamorous surface. Lake Como in Italy has become one of the most known landscapes on the planet and probably you have had a glimpse of it as the setting for a multi-millionaire wedding or the holiday vacation of celebrities and VIPs from all over the world. At first, it was George Clooney followed by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon and Catherine Zeta-Jones to name few of them. However, there is more to know beyond its glamorous surface, it conceals, in fact, a secret life, deep, somehow mysterious. Away from the mainstream monuments and well-known routes, there are some perfect destinations for those who are curious to search for the unexpected and hidden gems, surrounded by mysteries and local legends. A famous local singer Davide van desfros is convinced there is a very Dark Way of Lario – the other name of Lake Como.

There are some infinite possibilities about what to do and see around the lake and its surroundings. Some places are already part of a collective imagination and must be safeguarded. Nevertheless, it is impossible to elicit its deep essence by visiting only the mainstream and most known places. The area is worthy of being explored, discovered and this requires time. Such time is rewarded by the intensity of an unforgettable experience. This is the reason why Lake Como is the ideal destination for the slow tourism of those who want to understand, live and breathe the atmosphere of the area.

The first thing to decide when choosing what to do and see on Lake Como is to think about which means of transportation is the most suitable to your needs. It is worthy to say that many mansion houses or shores can be reached only via the lake, some incredible and scenic monuments can be accessed only through rugged trails and unpaved tracks, many routes are narrow and windy.

Do not be afraid though. Wayfarers, pilgrims, and traders have all wandered across this land. If you like walking, if you love giving yourself the time to explore the places without the obsession of using the car, you will find ancient and breathless trails, a well-organized ferry service which can take you where car and bus drivers do not dare to go.

slowlakecomo-33By the way, the way of life on the lake is a true philosophy and to absorb yourself within its territory is the best choice to truly understand it. We have selected some hidden gems and less known places and you will discover more by searching our website. Feel at ease while you let yourself wander among small hidden beaches, tiny villages on the edge of scenic cliffs over the lake, mysterious and unusual monuments, wild and beautiful scenery, meadows where witches are said to be present and erratic rocks.

Discover our favorite activities:

Cooking Class: Learn How to Make Homemade Pasta
Rebellious Lake Como. Border Paths Among the Great War and Smuggling  (hiking)
Como Mysteries and Curiosities (urban tour)

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