Attractions

Castle in Varenna

Castello di Vezio

High above the terracotta rooftops of Varenna, the imposing Castello di Vezio offers magnificent views over Lake Como. The 13th-century building was once part of a chain of early-warning medieval watchtowers. Get th…
Square in Correno Plinio

Piazza Garibaldi

Piazza Garibaldi is roughly cobblestoned and it's plain from its time-warped nature that nothing much has changed here down the centuries. Many of the deep-grey, stone houses are still occupied, their inhabitants ca…
Church in Lake Como East Bank

Abbazia di Piona

The Cistercian Abbazia di Piona has a magnificent setting on a promontory stretching out into Lago di Como. There's evidence that a small chapel was built here as far back as the 7th century. The present Romanesque …
Gardens in Varenna

Villa Cipressi

In Villa Cipressi's gardens cypress trees, palms, magnolias and camellias fill terraces that descend to the lake. Even getting here is picturesque: from the square next to the boat jetty (Piazzale Martiri della Libe…
Area in Valsassina

Barzio & Around

Some 15km northeast of Lecco, the village of Barzio is important above all as the birthplace of Alessandro Manzoni. Nearby, Pasturo retains something of its medieval feel and is a starting point of a hiking trail to…
Waterfall in Lake Como East Bank

Orrido

Once an industrial centre, Bellano (5km north of Varenna) is a sleepy lakeside town with a singular sight: the Orrido, a powerful waterfall where the river Pioverna thunders down between tight, rock walls before flo…
Viewpoint in Valsassina

Piani dei Resinelli

About 9km northeast of Lecco, at Ballabio Superiore, a turnoff west sees you ascend about 8km of switchbacks through wooded country to Piani dei Resinelli, just for the views. The arrival point is made up of a small…
Historic Building in Varenna

Villa Monastero

At Villa Monastero elegant balustrades and statues sit amid exotic shrubs; spiky yucca trees frame lake and mountain views. The villa itself is a former convent that was turned into a private residence in the 18th c…
Park in Valsassina

Parco della Grigna Settentrionale

Spread around Grigne massif, this 5000-hectare park encompasses a mix of forests, pastures and rolling mountain peaks. There are some fine trails through the park, including various routes to the top of 2410m Grigna…
Church in Varenna

Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista

Much overlooked in all the excitement about Varenna's villas are the lovely 14th-century frescoes, somewhat damaged but nevertheless full of colour, tucked inside the tiny Romanesque Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista.…