This boatride gives you the possibility of admiring the beautiful mountain scenery around the northern part of the lake. At Piona the waters, through an 100 m wide entrance, penetrate into a little inner lake with a surface of 1 square km. Here stands the abbey of Piona kept by the Cisterian Monks. The Abbey is of great historical and artistic interest. Ask for the leaflet on the abbey.
"Itineraries by boat"
Tremezzo extends itself between the shores of the lake and the beautiful hilly hinterland at the foot of Monte Crocione A lovely walk leading through the upper part of Tremezzo is the one from Lenno to Griante. Ask for route description n° 13. Among the antique sumptuous villas that you find in the Tremezzo area outstands the world famous "Villa Carlotta" of the 18 century with its marvellous park with rare plants and trees of many kinds. In April and May one can admire the Azalea and Rhododendron flowering. Also the inside of the villa, with its prominent art collection such as sculptures by Canova, paintings by Hayez, is open to the public: . Since more than 10 years, every Friday night during the summer months, an international revue of chamber music is held in the villa. At the end of the town (direction Como) there is a lovely public park directly on the lake. The leaflet “historic itinerary through Tremezzo” will describe you the numerous attractions of this town.
The town Lenno lies around the beautiful bay called "Baia di Venere", formed by the peninsula Lavedo. On its lovely lake-side promenade every Tuesday a nice market is held. The town treasures several religious buildings considered important works of art. There is for example the crypt of the parish church S Stefano in the centre of the town facing the Romanesque baptistery of S. Giovanni. In the upper part of town stands the monastery of Acquafredda with its lively frescos. Detailed information is given in the leaflet “Historic itinerary through Lenno”. From the monastery of Acquafredda you can reach the monastery "San Benedetto" in Val Perlana, an important Romanesque building. . On the far end of the peninsula Lavedo stands the villa Balbianello built in the 17th century on order of Cardinal Angelo Durini. Its beautiful gardens are open to the public from , Monday and Wednesday closed. About 200 m from the landing stage at Lenno, close to the Lido of Lenno, there is a regular motorboat service to the villa. Only on Tuesday Saturday and Sunday the villa can be reached by foot (1km from the boat landing stage). Highly recommendable is the small circular walk to the Santuario della Madonna del Soccorso situated at 400m at the beginning of the Val Perlano; an alley with 14 chapels leads to the church. Ask for the leaflets on the walks!
The Comacina Island is the only Island of lake Como. It lies in front of the towns Osuccio and Sala Comacina. Except for the church of San Giovanni nothing but ruins remain today of the many old religious buildings of the Island, which were destroyed during the war between Milan and Como in the 12 century. Of great interest are the ruins of the Basilica S. Eufemia. Ask for the leaflet on the hiHistory of the Island. We highly reccomend to combine this excursion with a visit to the roman churches of Ossuccio. ask for the leaflet.
Argegno is situated at the beginning of the "Val d'Intelvi". Part of the town Argegno has maintained its medieval structure. There is an antique bridge at the point where the original roman road "Via Regina" used to pass. There is a funicular which takes you to the village Pigra (860 m) situated on the slope above Argegno from where you get an extraordinary view of the lake, and the surrounding mountains . There is a combined boat and cable car ticket which can be bought the Navigazione Lago di Como ticket offices. From Pigra one can take a beautiful hike to the settlement Corniga and from there down to Colonno, Sala Comacina and Spurano.