in Cadenabbia or Tremezzo, if you feel like going for
a walk through fields and woods, what you have just to
do is to get to the hills at their back. You can choose
to walk up to San Martino, the small white little church
that seems glued on the hill; or to go to Rogaro and,
from there, you can decide to go down back to Tremezzo
or to walk up to Viano, Volesio and Intignano, three characteristic
settlements above Tremezzo. Then, if you feel like carrying
on your wandering, you can take the path leading to Mezzegra.
If you are well trained for hiking, you can choose to
go to Mount Nava, following path n° 2 from Rogaro.
to reach San Martino
in Cadenabbia, what you have to do is to take one of
the many ways that go up to Griante. You have the opportunity
to visit the ancient part of village with its many alleys
and mews, left unaltered throughout the centuries. The
village itself is quiet and picturesque with many public
parks and beautiful views. When you reach Piazza San
Rocco, take the road marked with San Martino blue sign.
You are now at Carsolina, a very old cluster of Griante.
At the end of this alley you find yourself on the road
which takes you both to San Martino and Rogaro. If you
decide to go back to the lake, turn right, otherwise,
carry on straight until you reach the path to San Martino.
Youll find it at your right; a few steps down
lead you to a small bridge and there you start your
way up through fields and woods. Along the path, youll
see some tiny chapels with mosaics depicting the Misteries
of the Rosary. Half the way up youll find the
Alpinis Chapel dedicated to Saint Charles and,
from there on, no more steps! Be sure to wear proper
shoes and to take with you some drinks or something
to eat because you will not find refreshments at San
Martino. From that point youll enjoy one of the
most beautiful views of lake Como. (aprox.1 h.).
It is not advisable to take the path that leads to Pilone
because a good piece of it is partially disrupted!
How to reach Rogaro
have the choice to reach Rogaro via Tremezzo or via
Cadenabbia - Griante. In other words, you can make a
round walk, starting from either village. (aprox.h.1,30)
Starting from Cadenabbia, you take one of the roads
going up to Griante. Follow the San Martino sign through
the village, and then, instead of turning right toward
the path to San Martino, carry on along the road that
takes you up hill. Youll find yourself on a plateau
that overlooks the lake at your left-hand side and with
the mountains at your right. As you walk through fields
and pastures, you get the impression to be at a mountain
place instead of being at a lake resort. At your right
hand side, first you come across to a path that leads
to San Martino through a different trek (do not take
it unless you are with someone local) then, after a
hundred yards you meet the trek that leads to Mount
Nava. If you carry straight on, youll find yourself
at Rogaro, a small and characteristic settlement above
Tremezzo. If you feel hungry or thirsty, you have a
choice of restaurants where you can taste home-style
typical Italian cooking. In the heart of the enclave
there is a tiny Baroque church in which there is the
Black Madonna, a statue carved in ebony, brought there
from Germany during the Lutheran reform in 1517. As
you leave the small ancient settlement, the road starts
to wind down hill until you find yourself on a little
bridge connecting the road thatll take you either
to Tremezzo, if you turn left, or to Viano, Volesio
Intignano and to the road to Mezzegra if you turn right.
If you turn left, you walk down toward the lake and
you'll find yourself in front of Parco Maier in Tremezzo.
Turn left again and you are on your way back to Cadenabbia.
Of course, you can do the other way round, starting
from Tremezzo, following the road to Rogaro and coming
down to Griante, Cadenabbia and back to where you started
to get to Mount Nava
you are at Rogaro, youll find the path to Nava
at your right-hand side if you are coming from Griante,
at your left-hand side if you come from Tremezzo. This
is hiking, so be sure to wear proper shoes and to take
drinks, food and any other supply you might need with
you. Most of the trek is stony and uneven. After approximately
1 hour and a half you reach Bocchette di Nava from where
youll enjoy a beautiful sight. It is said that
there are some fossils so you may try your luck and
find some. Once there, you can choose to go to Pilone
- Croce and down toward Menaggio (north direction),
or to Bolla di Mezzegra - Val Perlana above Lenno etc.
(Como direction). Wherever you choose to go, be sure
to follow the path marked with a red and white sign
with n° 2 in black.
to reach the Hermitage in Val Perlana
is a quite long walk as it takes nearly 2 hours starting
from the Shrine of Madonna del Soccorso, 1 hour more
if you start from Lenno or Ossuccio. If you are based
in Tremezzo or Cadenabbia, first you have to reach either
Lenno or Ossuccio (by bus or car), then from there you
have to take the road leading to the Shrine of Madonna
del Soccorso (follow the sign). This is a very interesting
walk because along the way up to the church, youll
pass by 14 chapels of the XVII century which preserve
some ancient wooden and chalk polychrome statues representing
the life of Jesus. It is one of the only two Sacred
Mounts in Lombardy. Once you get to the Shrine, take
the path leading to Val Perlana and after nearly 2 hrs.
walk you'll reach the Hermitage, a Cistercian Medieval
building recently restored. Be sure to take drinks and
food or any other supply you might need with you, because
after the Shrine of Madonna del Soccorso you will find