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The villages of Tremezzina


As Cadenabbia and Tremezzo are situated in the central zone of the lake, they give the opportunity of many excursions in any directions and for any taste.

BELLAGIO: from Cadenabbia by Ferry which in summer runs frequently, about every 30 minutes starting from 6.10 a.m. (7.05 on Sundays).
Bellagio is situated in front of Cadenabbia and Tremezzo on the watershed of the peninsula that divides the lake into two branches. Typical are its porches and the step lanes that take you from shore to the upper part of the village, along which are many little shops for tourists.

PLACES OF INTEREST: Gardens of villa Melzi open from 9.00 to 6.30. Gardens of villa Serbelloni; only guided tours at 10,30 and 4.00 p.m. (booking at Bellagio tourist office)

VARENNA: by Ferry from Cadenabbia. In summer it runs frequently starting form 6.55 (7.05 on Sundays).
Varenna is situated on the Lecco branch of the lake and has kept the characteristic of the ancient fishermen village.

PLACES OF INTEREST: gardens of villa Monastero and villa Cipressi open from 9.30 to 12.30 and from 3.00 to 6.30 p.m.
In Varenna there is the railway station on the line Milan- Lecco- Sondrio.

PIONA: by boat from Tremezzo and Cadenabbia.
Piona is situated into a cove on the north east side of the lake, on the Lecco branch. It gives the possibility to enjoy a still uncontaminated sight of the environment.

PLACES OF INTEREST: the Romanesque Abbey kept by Cistercian Monks.

ISOLA COMACINA: by private ferry from Sala Comacina.
It is the lake only island of high historical and archaeological interest. The island is almost uninhabited. There is a typical restaurant, which is famous for its coffee ceremony.

VILLA DEL BALBIANELLO: by private ferry from Sala Comacina.
It was built on the very top of the Lavedo height and previously it was a Monastery. In 1700 Cardinal Durini turned it into a de-luxe villa.

Its last owner, Guido Monzino, restored and enriched it with a precious collection of art and relics of his explorer expeditions to the North Pole and Mount Everest. Nowadays it belongs to the F.A.I. (Italian Foundation for the preservation of the Environment and of Monuments) and it is open to the public every day except on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10.00 to 12.30 and from 3.30 to 6.30 p.m.
Only guided tours inside the villa.
Booking: Tel.0344/56110

COMO: by boat from Cadenabbia or Tremezzo.
Como is the Capital Province Town of the area and it is situated at the end of the west-south branch of the lake.

PLACES OF INTEREST: the Duomo in Lombard Gothic style enriched with internal and external sculptures by Tomaso Rodari and Pompeo Marchesi. Inside it is possible to admire some paintings by Gaudenzio Ferrari, Bernardino Luini, Morazzone and a collection of ancient tapestries. The dome, by Juvarra, has been recently restored. The Basilica di San Fedele, in Lombard style with Romanesque apse. Inside there are some frescoes by G. Ferrari and paintings by Cantoni and Scaria. The Basilica of S. Abbondio, in Lombard style, built in the 11th century. The Basilica of S. Carpoforo, possibly built on the ruins of a Roman temple dedicated to Mercury toward the end of the 4th century. The Castel Baradello built in 1158 by the German emperor Fredric the Redbeard.
The Tempio Voltiano, where are preserved the historical relics and the technical instruments of Alessandro Volta. Open from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 2.00 to 4.00 p.m. except on Mondays.
The Museum of Archaeology and Art Gallery: open from 2.15 to 5.00 p.m. except on Mondays. Sundays: from 9.15 to 12.15.

GRAVEDONA: by boat from Cadenabbia or Tremezzo. Gravedona is the most Important settlement on the western upper coast of lake Como.

PLACES OF INTEREST: Church of Santa Maria del Tiglio, built on a pre-existent paleo-Christian (early Christian) Baptistery. Parish church of S. Vincent, of the 11th century. Palazzo Gallio, built by Cardinal Gallio in 1583. The Romanesque church of the Saints Giusmeo and Matteo, the church and convent of S. Maria delle Grazie. The Oratory of S. Abbondio.

A service of guided visits to all the Romanesque Churches is available. For booking and informations call Cooperativa Imago- Dongo, tel. 0344 / 82572.


Texts by Bina Battistella Fraquelli
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