Easter holidays on Lake Como discover our offer

Imagine your Easter holidays on Lake Como.
While walking in the alleys of the most beautiful villages in Italy or
while you take a boat trip to discover Bellagio and Varenna and …
Especially the beautiful lake Como with the warmth of the early spring sun.

And then you can’t go wrong …
Between lake and mountain in a building built at the end of the 1600s, the Residence Celeste holidays apartments , welcomes us with a breathtaking view.

Going down to the parking area and the pool
we find the undisputed Kingdom of Galli family : The reception , from where we have the first taste of local life and we let ourselves be advised.
First of all, a walk through the alleys of Tremezzo, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy
By the way, for the more active, a walk to the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso UNESCO heritage.
If you want to keep fit, let’s ride the Tremezzina Bike Way
Or let’s enjoy the view along the Green Way of Lake Como
After all this walks why not sit at a table in a bar in one of the many historic villages.

While listening to the lapping of the waves we enjoy a slice of Tremezzina or miascia cake
Let’s not forget a good espresso or cappuccino.
We enjoy this moment of calm and tranquility together with the warm and sparkling air
while we watch the children playing with the stones by the lake.

In this period of the year, time seems to run slower.
Because there is no summer frenzy and there is no high season traffic.
Leaving space for children, for their egg hunt, fairs and amusement parks in various parts of the lake that offer frittelle to young and old.

So here we are on the Angel’s Monday when the traditional egg hunt in the gardens of the famous Villa Carlotta waits for us.
So while the kids are having fun
Finally, adults can enjoy the museum and the colors of the first azaleas and camellias in bloom in the botanical garden.
Another idea to discover the lake if we love cinema is to find the locations of Hollywood and Bollywood films.
007 and Star Wars were shot in fact in the Fai gardens of Villa Balbianello and also other famous films were shot in the streets of Menaggio, Argegno and Como, consequently
To enjoy the best Easter holidays on Lake Como here’s our offer …

Missoltino Food Festival

The traditional Missoltino food festival will take place on 25th and 26th August at the Mezzegra public park, in Tremezzina, at walking distance from our Residence.

The main dish of the festival is polenta with misultin, a typical fishermen dish of Lake Como. You can also enjoy other traditional dishes while listening to live music concerts.

For more information, please check the myLakeComo.co website.

Lake Como San Giovanni Festival

Every year, on the feast of St. John (June 24th), in Ossuccio and Sala Comacina is organised St John Festival.

On Saturday evening, spectacular fireworks show accompanied by music, food and dancing animation, in memory of the historical fire of the island in 1169 AD.

At Sunday morning, Traditional Procession from the parish church to the Comacina Island, in historical costumes and with local historical boats (“Lucie”) and Celebration of religious function in the ruins of the ancient Basilica of St. Euphemia.

You can find the full program on myLakeComo.co website.

The witches of the pra de la taca

Once upon a time in Mezzegra lake Como lived a fisherman who was very keen to his boat, for this reason he assured it at the pier with a special knot that only he could do.
But one morning he found the boat moored at the usual place but connected in a different way …
Want to see that someone has used the boat during the night?
He took the boat went fishing. On his return he assured the boat with his special knot and went home. Unfortunately, the next day the boat was not tied as he had left it.
The fisherman decided to find out who and what used his boat at night, that night he hid under deck and waited, waited, waited so much that he was convinced that it would not reach anyone.
But at midnight he began to hear some voices, the boat swinging and different people take a seat on it.
Then a voice said boat parts to 1, boat parts to 2, to 3, to 4, to 5, 6, 7 …
The voice was that of a woman said, you see that one of us is expecting a baby … and so saying, he added … boat parts for 8 and the boat immediately rose up out of the lake and began to fly in the sky.
The poor fisherman knew happened to be in the midst of seven witches and decided to keep quiet deck to avoid being discovered.
The order of the first witch stopped the boat and landed in Torno lake Como , a village on the other side of the lake.
The seven witches descended from the boat and disappeared into the wee hours of the morning. They climbed back into the boat, the first witch said boat parts 1, 2 parts per boat, the boat flew back and landed in Mezzegra, the witches went down, secured the boat with a knot and disappeared.
The next night the fisherman hid below deck again, at midnight the witches came, got into the boat, the first witch said again for 1 boat parts, boat parts for 2 …. the boat set off and flew again until I’ll be back.
The witches went down and this time the angler followed them secretly.
They came to a clearing where they made a dance bewitched, gathered some twigs of a tree that grew only in that place; also our fisherman he picked up a stick and put it on the cap not to lose …. at first light flying back on the boat in Mezzegra, they bound her and they arranged to meet the next night to the PRA DE LA TACA, an ancient site located half mountain above Mezzegra, where once witches did their dances, their sabbah!
The poor fisherman increasingly frightened eyes widened with amazement when, peering, he recognized his wife among the witches of Pra de la Taca!
The next night he followed his wife and the other witches to the PRA DE LA TACA, the hid behind a boulder and peered witches dancing and throwing in the fire reciting incantations twigs.
The fisherman ran a sneeze and was discovered by witches who wanted to throw him into the fire along with twigs … but recognized his wife and thanks to the branch carrying on his cap was saved.
The witches made him burn the twig, in exchange for the promise that life would never tell anybody anything and that they, the witches, they could continue to use his boat every night.
So the fisherman saved his life!

The Carnival of Schignano

The carnival of Schignano, is one of the most famous carnivals in the province of Como.

Schignano still maintains the old character of this event, came to this day.

The performance takes place primarily with two famous people the the Beautiful and the Ugly.

Masks made of walnut, hand-carved date back about 200 years ago and are used solely for the Carnival of Schignano.

The mask of beauty has elegant features and the mask of the Ugly has a decidedly more grotesque.

The town’s main square, the alleys and streets that fold my various fractions are the stage of the Carnival.

Here are the players of the carnival:

The Mascarun: (beautiful) the mask representing the ” old gentleman “, dressed in colorful flamboyant costumes , with a big belly , elegant and rhythmic movements so by ringing the four” bronze “(bronze bells), which complete the disguise

IlBrut: (bad) form that is submitted to the poor gentleman, dressed miserably as opposed to beauty. His movements are clumsy and burlesque. Completing the mask 4 cowbells “Cioch”

The Sapeaur and The Sigurtà: Two masks that open the procession.
The Sapeaur dressed in sheepskin, his face painted black and with a mustache and beard long and white, abuts a hat always sheepskin. The figure of Sigurtà representing safety, dressed in a military-style hat, a gray-green cape and headband with the inscription Sicurtà.

The Cioca: mask representing the wife servant of Mascarun and is tied to a rope held by the same Mascarun for the whole time of the event., Dressed in women’s clothes of the old bill, mostly dark colors, her face painted black, with hand tools to spin (and a distaff to spin) and for the duration of the event curses her husband

The Carlisep: mask represented by a puppet that remains hanging in the square for a few days and then magically trasformed in a living mask which runs along the streets of the village to escape the fire that will declare the end of the carnival.

The procession is accompanied by fugheta a small complex of some members of the brass band of Schignano.
In the parade will add a series of other masks.

All Saints Day or Halloween memories and traditions

November 1 and 2 here in Italy, we celebrate all Saints day and the Dead.
This holidays weekend our traditions are mixed to that of our small foreign guests who celebrate Halloween 31.
Now it become part of our tradition too.
The memory flies when we were children.
For us, the pumpkin was just to make gnocchi!
These were the days of the turns in the cemeterys.
It started a few days before. The grandparents reminded parents to go to the florist and going to clean the cemetery graves.
On 1st of November we left early. We stopped in each village to bring flowers and candels at the grave of relatives.
We went to Mass at the cemetery here in Mezzegra. Then we returned to the grandparents house, the current Residence.
Around the large fireplace (which was kept in the apartment Angels) we ate the boiled chestnuts (belegott or pelee).
The grandparents left a bit of chestnuts on the table for the deceased and they pray holy rosary.
Yet, it was a feast for us children. It was because on that days we met all relatives, who sometimes took us some candy, or was it just because it was nice to be together.

Expo 2015: World Expo Milan 2015

From 1st May to 31st October 2015, will be held the World Expo 2015. The theme will be “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” for studing different aspects of feeding, from countries that haven’t enough food, proper nutrition, healthy and eating, to gmo products.

Italy is preparing this great event that will bring millions of visitors from around the world.

It is an opportunity to book your stay at Residence Celeste, in our holiday apartments on Lake Como, the best place to relax away from the metropolis chaos.

In one hour by car or 40 minutes by fast train you will reach the exhibition in Milan and plunge into a multi-ethnic climate.

There are many shows and events for this historic exposition.
Milan has already had the good fortune of living in 1906, when the theme of the exhibition was “the means of transport”.

Let you intrigued by the event!! Don’t delay in booking your holiday at the Residence Celeste, you can dedicate a day to explore the Expo “Feeding the planet”, and why not, the rest of the week to pamper yourself with Italian cuisine and beautiful views of Lake Como!

The tradition of the bonfires in late January

Even today in many alpine communities are lit the local bonfires.

The “fire festival” is an ancient rite of Celtic origin.

The flame was solar symbol of regeneration and purification of nature, a main ingredient for magic rituals.

The bonfire as winter ritual symbolizes the light that illuminates the cold nights in late January and marks the turnning point between the cold season and the imminent arrival of the spring season.

The tradition of the bonfires of 31st January still lives in different villages on Lake Como, and nearby.

The best known is the “Giubiana” in Erba and Cantù, then there are the “Giunée” in Plesio and other “Ginée” in many villages.

During the three blackbirds days, was the custom in our villages, that the boys were playing pranks to the inhabitants.

The purpose was to get out of the house the victim, with an apology.
The victim was then teased shouting “L’è foo al Generon !!!” and the sound of cowbells (ciocc), playing on the double meaning “ended in January” and “is outside the naive” …..

Lake Festival with Fireworks in Varenna

Lake Festival Varenna with fireworks……

In 1169, encouraged by the fail of Milan to emperor Frederick Barbarossa, the people of Como invaded the Comacina Island destroying fortresses, houses and churches, and forced inhabitants to flee.
The islanders crossed the lake and sought refuge at Varenna, naming it Insula Nova (New Island).

Even today, the people of Varenna celebrate the landing of the refugees, with a costume parade in which bloodstained escapees land on the Riva Granda from rowing boats.
They are met by religious figures and local people, who feed and confort them and provide hospitality in the Varennese community.
Follows a fireworks show on the lake.

Saturday, July 5th
19.30 start tasting dishes
22.00 Great re-enactment of the landing of the refugees from the Island Comacina and historical procession to the ancient church of San Giovanni
22:40 fireworks on lake Como