We want to tell you and let you discover through original viewpoints, the most beautiful and famous places. We want you to fall in love with unknown corners of the lake, undiscovered places for the residents too, however full of the unusual beauty of this landscape . Take your time and starts reading..
Pescallo- The other side ......
A hamlet with few houses, a cobblestones road, a small port for colourful 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 clamour, just a few steps away from the place most visited by mass tourism.
Careno vertical emotions.
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.
A beach for a few
We are in Rezzonico, one of the most beautiful villages along the lake, 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. The 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 you can join cultural and gastronomical itineraries organized along the whole region.
A pyramid above Lake Como
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. 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 its look even more mysterious.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.
A tunnel under a tunnel.
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 travellers 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 .
Stories of rock
Many monuments along lake Como are built using a fine material called Sasso di Moltrasio. If the steep rises don’t put you off, in Carate Urio you can discover the places from 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 to clamber there in 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 .
Huge and mysterious boulders
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 the whole area 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. 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 .