Attractions

Gardens in Bellagio

Villa Melzi d'Eril

The grounds of neoclassical Villa Melzi d’Eril are a highlight among Lake Como's (many) delightful places. The villa was built in 1808 for one of Napoleon’s associates and is coloured by flowering azaleas and rhodod…
Monastery in Triangolo Lariano

Abbazia di San Pietro al Monte

Birdsong and the rush of a mountain stream accompany you as you make the pilgrimage to the Romanesque Abbazia di San Pietro al Monte (St Peter on the Mount). Medieval monks seemed to have had both a thing about puni…
Gardens in Bellagio

Villa Serbelloni

The lavish gardens of Villa Serbelloni cover much of the promontory on which Bellagio sits. The villa has been a magnet for Europe's great and good, including Austria's emperor Maximilian I, Ludovico il Moro and Que…
Museum in Triangolo Lariano

Museo del Ciclismo

Cycling fans might want to make this top of their Lago di Como list. Set in a village that's frequently featured in the Giro d'Italia race, this museum is devoted to all aspects of the sport. It features many bicycl…
Christian Site in Triangolo Lariano

Santuario della Madonna del Ghisallo

This tiny 17th-century church is a major destination for cyclists, who long ago began leaving jerseys, bicycles, medals and other objects. The place's importance for two-wheeled enthusiasts was such that Pope Pius X…
Church in Careno

Chiesa di San Martino

One of the oldest churches on Lake Como, St Martin's dates from the 11th century, and its stolid brick bell tower makes a photogenic backdrop against the lake. The church is rarely open, though you can ask for keys …
Church in Bellagio

Basilica di San Giacomo

Bellagio's most interesting Romanesque church is the Basilica di San Giacomo, built in the 12th century by master builders from Como.