The Lake Como Greenway

Starting from Residence Celeste you can discover the famous Lake Como Greenway an easy hike that connects our small villages on the shores of Lake Como: Colonno, Sala Comacina, Ossuccio, Lenno, Tremezzo and Mezzegra.

The Greenway is a unique opportunity to discover the natural and artistic beauty of the resorts that dot the coast of Lake Como from Argegno in direction north.

Our walkers, with sun or rain, can enjoy the different landscapes, ancient villages, lake views from which they can photograph the Grigne. These mountains sometimes offer you, breathtaking scenery similar to the Dolomites.

Lake and mountain then, to enjoy the daily life of the inhabitants of this strip of land.

To find the path just follow the metal plates with the symbol of the Green Way placed on the road, or the directional signs that are located on the crossroads.

Along the way you can admire religious buildings, archaeology finds, historic villas (Villa Carlotta, Villa Balbianello, Villa Monastero), rationalist style buildings (in Ossuccio and Comacina Island) ….

Don’t forget to stop at one of the local restaurants that you meet on the Green Way to enjoy a culinary specialty of our land, remember that the lake and the mountains give us unique tastes.

Visit the official website of the Lake Como Greenway and plan your trail!

Funicular Como Brunate

Until the beginning of the nineteenth century, the town of Brunate lake Como was accessible only through a mule track connecting it to Como. Then in 1894 a funicular railway was built and contributed greatly to the tourist development of the hilly area thanks to the panorama on Como and the lake that can be admired during the trip.

The funicular has its starting / arriving stations in Piazza A. De Gasperi in Como and in Piazza A. Bonacossa in Brunate.

Along the route there are two stops on request: one in Como Alto and one in Carescione (fraction of Brunate).

Arriving at Brunate, in addition to taking some pictures to the wonderful panorama, you can take a stroll through the country’s streets, between clean air and Liberty style villas.
This is a resort that has been a destination for many exponents of the Lombard nobility.

Val Sanagra Park

Just above Menaggio lies the Val Sanagra Park, a large area rich with flora and fauna where lots of walks can be done.

From Menaggio take the road to Lugano, then, after three bends, take the first right to Loveno. After 500m turn left direction Centro Sportivo, Villa Vigoni. At the church of Loveno turn left and after 300m you can reach Piamuro where you can park the car.

An easy walk, ideal with children, is the one along the river Sanagra. The walk takes about 40 minutes and is quite flat. From Piamuro follow the trail in the direction of Mulino della Valle. Don’t cross the bridge, but follow the path on the right side of the river, past the ancient brick-furnace Galli, to La Chioderia, a trout farm with a typical inn. Apart from the trout that swim around in their basins many other animals live at the farm such as donkeys, sheep, geese, goats and chicken.

The promenade Gandria Lugano

Gandria is the first village near the customs at the border between Italy and Switzerland on the road Porlezza Lugano.
We can leave the car in the parking area on the main road and than walk down by the lake.

The village is closed to traffic so you can enjoy in peace the walk through its narrow streets and steep stairways.
To visit the Church of San Vigilio of 1463 and the Swiss Customs Museum in Cantine di Gandria, “smugglers” museum that recalls the smuggling facts.
From here begins the promenade Gandria Lugano called “Olive Path” that extends between Gandria and Castagnola Lugano for a length of 7 km.

The promenade is through the ancient olive groves and you can walk on the path along the Lake Lugano.
A nice walk with all the family to enjoy by foot or by bicycle in all relax !!!

The Expressions Path way in Schignano

Opened in 2014, the Expressions Path way is a route through which you can admire true art forms carved in the barks and trunks of the trees thanks to the skilled carving of wood. Every year new forest creatures and new carved faces are added to welcome visitors in a magical journey of art, and nature.

How to get to the trail: From the center of Schignano (CO), go to hamlet Posa where you can park. Continue on foot in direction of Alpe Nava (about 20 minutes), starting point of the Expressions Path.

Walking time: h. 1.30 / 2
Difficulty: Easy

A Walk on the witches’ footsteps

a Walk on the witches footsteps ….
In Mezzegra Lake Como in half an hour of walking you can reach the Praa de la Taca (meadow) even if today might be more to define Busc de la Taca (forest) as it is in a state of neglect.

The walk is quite hard, the road is in good condition. The starting point is in the district of Bonzanigo
The place exudes a certain charm and still offers some glimpses of the lake where you can still view.

This place is a place of ancient fossils and old legends and from there comes its charm …

With the help of the children and teachers of the kindergarten school of Mezzegra we let you know the legend of witches for Carnival

A nice walk in Val Sanagra

Those who love the pristine valley and little populated certainly cannot afford to miss a nice walk in Val Sanagra.

Val Sanagra became Local Park in 2005, here the types of rock formations are attributed to Carboniferous era and they are among the oldest in Italy.

The beautiful valley carved by the river Sanagra, is entirely covered by forests which alternate with mountain pastures and clearings.

The park is home to most mammals and birds that inhabit the mountainous foothills: the deer, the chamois, the roe deer and the eagle at high altitude.

On the paths you will meet pastures and Crotti.
In the lower valley you can admire villages, villas, towers, windmills, chapels, remains of industrial archeology …

A Walk to the Rogolone

Who loves nature and the green should not miss a walk to the Rogolone.
The Rogolone is one of the majestic and oldest tree of Italy.
In fact it enter in the 150 Italian historic trees.
It is one of the beautiful trip for children that we recommend to our customers.
The Rogolone is an oak species, born in 1730. The circumference of its trunk is of 7.5 meters.
The Rogolone is near a youngest oak “Rogolino” , born in 1820.
To reach the Rogolone you can go up to Carlazzo, from Gottro near the Church of San Giorgio follow the path that leads directly to Rogolone.
Or in Grandola e Uniti, from Codogna near the Town Hall, follow the path with alerts.
There are many stories about what succeeded in the past in the shade of these giants.
Someone says that from there the inhabitants of the villages started to mark the property borders of the countries.
Someone says that in its shadow were celebrated spring festivals .
Only the Rogolone and the young Rogolino can tell these stories, we admire simply their majesty.

A trip to Lake Piano: the path

Parked the car near the house of the Natural Reserve we can start our walk or ride, for a trip to Lake Piano.

At the hall of the museum you can find the showcases and panels that show us the reconstruction of the environments we will encounter along the path, you can book tours and rent boats and mountain bikes.

Along Lake Piano we meet the Observatory of the Natural Reserve, from where we walk close to the water as possible and then take the path that goes through the woods on the slopes of Monte Galbiga.

Here it is not uncommon to spot some deer .

A trip to Lake Piano: the origins

Lake Piano Italy had once joined to the Lake Lugano.

The alluvial deposit of the river Cuccio and streams descending from the slopes of Monte Galbiga caused the separation of the two lakes.

In 1984 Lake Piano became Natural Reserve.

A trip to Lake Piano allows us to discover the origins, the animals and their habitat.

The fauna that inhabits the waters of the lake and its surroundings consists of several species of fishes, birds and mammals ( Roe, Deer Boar Weasel Marten Black Rat Hedgehog Squirrel Rate Fox).

The banks of the lake are occupied by reeds and forests of Monte Galbiga.