cloisters among towns on Lake Como Italy Piona

Traveling around the different towns on Lake Como in Italy, you can easily come across suggestive cloisters with a long history to tell.

The landscape of the area, full of nature elements such as mountains and lakes perfectly suits for the quiet and sacred atmosphere you can perceive in a cloister. Traditionally associated with religion and in particular with monks, some cloisters have been abandoned during the years and then intended to host public places, others have preserved a spiritual and religious function.

The complexes of Piona abbey (Colico), Sant’ Abbondio (Como) and Santa Maria delle Grazie (Gravedona) offer some examples.

At the foot of Legnone Mountain and with great glimpses on Lake Como, the Piona abbey in Colico is the ideal place to plunge into nature. The main part of the complex is the cloister: built up around thirteenth century upon request of the prior from then, it has been realised and decorated in a style between Romanesque and Gothic.

The ex-convent lying near the Santa Maria delle Grazie church in Gravedona hosts an evocative cloister frescoed with the telling’s Jesus life and Augustinian saints. Abandoned for a long time, the cloister serves today as a library. Every summer the building becomes the suitable location for the Gravedona Harmony festival dedicated to well-being.

Beside the Sant’Abbondio Basilica in Como you can find another example of cloister, which once was the centre of a Benedictine medieval monastery. The structure has been renovated several times up to becoming in 2007 one of the branches of Como university.

The typical square structure recalls for the four cardinal directions as well as the four elements of the universe, while the fountain and the tree of life usually at the centre represent Christ as source of life and food for blessed. Though the use of the cloister has changed throughout the years, they still lie upon the same concept of silence and reflection.

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Lezzeno - Towns on Lake Como Italy - Slow Lake Como

Despite the proximity to Bellagio, few tourists visit this charming town on Lake Como. Maybe somebody is frightened by his reputation as  a village of witches and smugglers.  If Bellagio, beautiful and famous, it is the place of the great hotels, shopping and glamour, Lezzeno at a very short distance, is the place where you can discover the most hidden and mysterious soul of Lake Como area.

The two villages are separated by a curved road between rough cliffs. . If you have the courage to go this way and overcome the Devil’s Bridge, located right between the two villages, you will be rewarded with amazing views, fishermen’s homes where time seems to have stopped,mountains peaking on the village and on the lake.

Lezzeno is the longest town on the lake, 7 kms inhabited.  Inhabitants here unlike other villages didn’t choose to live too far from the shores and this justifies the numerous fishing activities still well represented nowadays. Village life here  had, and has nowadays,  a strong sense of belonging and complicity. During  the epic years of smuggling  it wasn’t uncommon for strangers who asked for information about people of the village, hear the inhabitants answer they didn’t know them at all and then discover the addressees were very close relatives.

Every year in March, on the occasion of the feast of St. Joseph, the banks of the country are illuminated by giant roaches. We know that in Lezzeno have lived many witches, then executed and burned. It is not, however, to recall these events that the burners are turned on. This is a competition between the different hamlets of the village.

The purpose of the competition is to build the stack that will burn for longer than any, but it must be defended from the actions of disturbances of opponents. All the contenders must be young and live in the hamlet they want to represent. On the morning of decisive day the different groups position their pyres waiting till it gets dark then once the fires are lit they all look out at the lake because in the dark a “pirate raid” from other hamlets  could try to put out the enemies’ bonfire.  Beauty, mystery, history and legends. A little paradise awaits you in Lezzeno,…… just beyond the Devil’s bridge.

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Lake Como Pian di Spagna natural Reserve - Slow Lake Como

The environmental protection and the respect are the slow tourism basis, this is why we want you to discover our places in Lake Como Italy. Natural reserves are the sites where the right balance between men and nature is restored once again. In particular, on Lake Como and all over the area it’s very common to find such preserved places and the Pian di Spagna natural reserve is one of these. The reserve territory lies where dry land and water meet creating together an environment with a great naturalistic value. The level land involved among Como Lake, the lake of Mezzola and mountains of Val Chiavenna as well as Valtellina hosts a wide range of different flora and fauna species. Among all the animals living in the area perhaps the most important ones are the migratory birds which can find here a safe place to stop in and to nest. As far as the flora is concerned, the cane-brake is the characteristic type of vegetation which can be found walking along the Lake of Mezzola. It is also a perfect shelter for the reproduction of migratory birds such as herons and kingfishers. In the lake, you can also find plants anchored to the depth or floating on the surface for example the waterlilies. The area was first recognized as a natural reserve towards the second half of the 20th century and ever since that time the landscape has completely changed. As a matter of facts, the modern engagement for the territory preservation would have been impossible only two generations ahead when finding a new fertile land to cultivate was the only preoccupation. Today the recognition as a natural reserve has allowed to keep the natural characteristics of the zone, to control the socio-economic activities and to pursue a didactic and recreative aim.

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Note from the editor

Between the time of writing and publishing a terrible landslide fall down from Val Bregaglia (CH), this is an environmental disaster, the mud has killed fish and flora in the river Mera, we are still not sure about the condition of the Lake Mezzola and the reserve, but the river from the border with Switzerland to Lake Mezzola is ecologically dead. The river Mera is the same that connects Lake Mezzola to Lake Como, Italy. The consequeses are not so hard to predict because less than 20 years ago a similar incident (in the Italian side) caused a similar result.  Having this news very near to our hearts we, at Slow Lake Como, believe we need to better protect our place, our land and we feel it is also our role to do everything we can to prevent similar incidents. First of all we can share information about protected areas of Lake Como.

Erbonne ghost town Lake Como Italy

Are you looking for a special place in Lake Como, Italy? You cannot miss to visit Erbonne, a very little town with old stone houses and only few inhabitants. The town, which could be reached taking a wooden bridge, lies near to the border between Intelvi valley in Italy and Swiss. Visitors can take a walk into the old village and explore places recalling the past such as the wash-house or the smuggling museum. Having lunch in the ‘Osteria del valico’ is the perfect way to get to know more things about Erbonne. The tavern offers the excellent typical dishes of the valley but there is other plenty things to see. The place guards old photos and objects from the past, including the furniture recovered by the owner. ‘Osteria del valico’ is on the way to Erbonne from Casasco, San Fedele Intelvi. Erbonne, as a proof of its peculiarity, has inspired the writer Maria Corti who depicts the magic place like that:
Even at night, you can perceive the invisible presence of the Generoso Mountain… outside there’s the healthy fresh air of one thousand meters of altitude and when the sun goes down, the last western light meets the eastern darkness on the farmsteads walls”

Source: www.iltuoghostwriter.it/

Erbonne ghost town Lake Como Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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