Town of Menaggio
Ancient village on Lake Como, once was a merchant village, situated in a crucial position at the mouth of Menaggina Valley, that joins the Lario with Ceresio. Now it is a well-equipped touristy resort that offers a mild climate with a beautiful view over the lake and a typical dock The old city centre is divided in an upper part, characterized by medieval alleys, and a low part, overlooking the lake, that represents the touristy area with an nineteenth architectural elements. Walk along via Calvi, go pass the church of Santa Maria and admire the beautiful Santo Stefano, with the bell-tower and the frescoes by Tagliaferro, then go up the Castle hill where you can see the remains of the ancient walls and visit the church of San Carlo.
On the hills of the little village of Loveno, you can visit one of the nicest villas of Lake Como: Villa Mylius Vigoni, with its elegant rooms, luxurious furnishings and big paintings, all surround by a wonderful English garden. From Loveno go up until you get to Plesio and you can reach Rifugio Menaggio (1400m) and admire a breathtaking view. In the old city centre you can visit the church of S. Stefano, built in the eighteenth century upon early roman buildings. Inside it has a nave and two aisles, frescoes by Tagliaferri, important paintings from the Lombard and Flemish school, while the altar is surrounded by 18th century copper medallions. Walking along via Calvi you find
the church S. Marta, where you can see on the façade the first century Roman memorial plaque of Minicio Exorato.