A walking itinerary to discover Lenno, a village in the Mid-Lake area overlooking the splendid Gulf of Venus, including the World-famous Villa del Balbianello. A charming panoramic walk leads to the Sacred Mountain of Ossuccio, one of the nine pre-Alpine sacred mountains that make up the UNESCO World heritage Site.
The itinerary covers an area known locally as Zoca de l’Oli; in fact the area enjoys such mild climate it is perfect for growing olives and producing olive oil.
It takes 45 minutes walk from Lenno, the point of departure, to the Sacred Mountain, has a difference in altitude of 200 metres.
It’s a beautiful and charming village on the Lake. Here we can find the Church of Saint Stefano and the ancient octagonal baptistery: dating from the latter half of the 11th century, the baptistery is in beautiful local Romanesque style, with simple and sombre exterior and blind arch decorations.
THE SANCTUARY OF BEATA VERGINE DEL SOCCORSO
Along the cobbled street the gradually climbs to the Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine del Soccorso (419 metres above the sea level) are a series of frescos chapels decorated with statues and stuccos by the Intelvese School.
The itinerary ends at the Church of Beata Vergine that houses prestigious frescoes and stuccoes, as well as a 14th century Our Lady with Child. The sanctuary is a destination favoured by numerous pilgrims, above all on the feast day on 8th September.
From the sanctuary it is possible to reach the Abbey of Saint Benedetto in Val Perlana, a beautiful example of local Romanesque style. Taking about 2 hours, the walks is extremely demanding, but rewards anyone attempting it with spectacular views.
After visiting the church we retrace our steps to reach the Greenway, that is an approx. 10 km wlak that links the villages of Colonno and Griante. The itinerary is marked by blue and yellow signs and on the ground by metal manhole covers with the words “Greenway of Lake Como”.
We can now decide to either continue straight to Lenno or visit Comacina Island.
This is the only island on Lake Como and the fact is now uninhabited, it was once very important from both a religious and political point of view. It retains many remains from its illustrious past including traces of a Roman wall.
Many artefacts are housed in the Antiquarium Museum in Ossuccio, where tickets for entrance to the island can be purchased.
Using a small bridge, cross Perlana Stream and take Via Regina; winding its way amid stone houses, narrow streets and descents to the lake, the itinerary pass in front of Villa Balbianello, that can be reached walking up Drosso del Levado or by taxi boat from the beach Lido di Lenno.
Built in the late 18th century for a Cardinal Durini, it incorporates an ancient monastery and is one of the most beautiful parts of Lake Como. It offers panoramic views of the Mid-Lake area spanning from Bellagio to Comacina Island. Unsurprisingly, the villa has been chosen many times as a film set (like “Star Wars”); the beautiful garden has terraces and balustrades and faithfully the lay of the land. The villa can be visited from mid-March to mid-November.