Perched on the eastern shore of Lake Como, Varenna is a charming fishing village, to be visited slowly, walking romantically on the lakefront, to admire the reflections of the water and the facades of the colorful houses. The parish church of San Giorgio, whose façade is enriched by a large fresco depicting Saint Christopher, is a basilica with three naves, consecrated in 1313. The most precious work in it is the "Deposition of the Cross" in colored stone. From the church of San Giorgio, continuing along Via IV Novembre, you will see Villa Isimbrandi or dei Cipressi, now a hotel, with its garden and terraces where plants of rare beauty live. A little further on you will find Villa Monastero, once the spiritual retreat of the Cistercian nuns of Santa Maria Maddalena, which preserves important sculptures among which the Clemenza di Tito stands out, Giovan Battista Comolli's last unfinished work in a botanical garden among the most beautiful of the Lake of Como.
Ossuccio is a pre-Roman village that rises on Lake Como. In its hamlet of Ospedaletto stands the famous bell tower of the church of Santa Maria Maddalena. On the Sacro Monte, above the village of Ossuccio, the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso from the 16th century preserves a venerated statue of the Virgin.
Bellagio is located right on the promontory that divides Lake Como in two branches: it is the heart, the pearl of Lario. The old village, where ancient and evocative houses follow each other, is crossed by mysterious alleys and characteristic cobbled staircases overlooked by colorful shops. Bellagio, like Varenna, is a very romantic village. Closely connected to the name of Bellagio we find that of Villa Melzi with its fantastic gardens overlooking the lake and the park of Villa Serbelloni, the center of studies and conventions of the Rockefeller Foundation of New York, with its gardens alternating with woods with plants secular and exotic, which occupy a large part of the Bellagio promontory.
The square overlooking the water and the elegant promenade on the lakefront are only a small part of the village. Absolutely worth seeing in Cernobbio: the sixteenth century Villa d'Este, now transformed into a luxury hotel and the nineteenth-century Villa Erba, where Luchino Visconti stayed.
Thanks to its central position Menaggio is an excellent base for discovering Lake Como. The town is characterized by a central square and a beautiful long lake that offers a unique view of the lake. Menaggio has ancient origins and in its historic center there are many important artistic legacies that can be discovered through an interesting itinerary that will take you to know the country in depth.