strada regia nesso

Naive religious art usually carried out by the local ‘decorator’ and often retouched over the years. To further complicate options, you can start off the walk in Nesso by immediately taking a steep walk up by the Municipal building following the normal Strada Regia signs passing through the quarter called Vico. Keeping on the right hand side of the church, continue as the street joins the main road to Bellagio. Lake Como is our home and it is important that anyone can appreciate it and feel pampered; let’s try to pursue our greatest ambition! The port and imbarcadero at Nesso. Questo percorso pedonale, in passato reticolo di mulattiere, è ben segnalato, lungo circa 30 km, perfetto per il trekking ed è adatto anche per una bella pedalata in mountain bike. Part of the Orrido di Nesso, where the bus C30 drops you at the start of this walk. One of these, depending on the time of the year, could well be collecting chestnuts. Then take the 340 steps staircase running next to the small houses overlooking the lake…and get ready to discover a little bit of heaven right there! Como's local English language newsletter for residents and visitors. Other autumnal joys include wild cyclamen, and the green banks of moss and lichens returning after the heat of summer. The final section descends to follow mule paths and a quiet tarmacked road which runs parallel to the main road through the different medieval quarters of Lezzeno until the path finally drops down to join the main road close by the Museum of Racing Boats. In between these two lakefront gems, you are surrounded by art and a sense of the years past through the stark simplicity of the Romanesque architecture and the varying degrees of artistry in the religious frescoes. Every single hamlet among Lake Como area definitely worth a visit! The Strada Regia And the Orrido in Nesso itself will surely enchant you with its unique hearty atmosphere: a daily tour on this amazing place would totally take you back in time! In fact this walk seemed to be dotted with the occasional sanctuary or chapel in various states of order. As you come back down towards the level of the main road, you pass by the ruins of Nesso castle with a view to your right of the impressive waterfalls known as the Orrido di Nesso. Careno is a true hidden gem with everything you might be looking for in a personal secret haven, including yet another glorious Romanesque church (San Martino), a beach for a cool swim in the lake, a small restaurant specialising in fish and a jetty for one of the boats from the Navigazione Laghi to take you back home after your prolonged taste of heaven. (The signposting on this section of the Strada Regia is not as thorough or as helpful as in previous parts.). This section takes you up above the noise of the main road and then along a line of semi-cultivated terracing. On this section of the walk, large dry-stone walls of Moltrasio stone still remain intact revealing just how much effort went into the creation and preservation of these small strips of agricultural production. Here you will be comforted to see one of the familiar Strada Regia signs pointing you off the road and up a mule track towards a chapel. Walking north from here, turn off as soon as you see a turning on the right with a sign to the Romanesque church of San Miro. 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Patio of San Miro Church, Pognana with view looking northwards up the lake. I took this second option and soon found myself walking on a pleasant level path through well-tended terraces reminiscent of how much of the area would have looked like as recently as the 1950s before most of the lakeside agriculture was abandoned. Looking across the water, you can appreciate how the steepness of the mountains, coming down to the lakefront, has prevented walkers from adopting alternatives to the main road over this particular stretch. Having passed by a sanctuary and then descending down to a quarry on the main road, (presumably the source of the material used in the dry stone walls) after 100 metres  I turned down Via del Pero to get down to the lakefront at Careno. Your email address will not be published. This walk represents the final stage in the Strada Regia’s route from Como to Bellagio, or, to be more precise, from Brunate to Lezzeno since the path officially ends at Lezzeno’s Ponte … This walk represents the final stage in the Strada Regia’s route from Como to Bellagio, or, to be more precise, from Brunate to Lezzeno since the path officially ends at Lezzeno’s Ponte del Diavolo, three kilometres short of Bellagio itself. Take care when you reach a couple of baitas, one with a flagpole in the garden, to not continue to climb up the hill but to take the less well-defined path which continues in front of the buildings. View across the lake to the section of the Antica Strada Regina which is constrained to follow the main road from Brienno to Argegno due to the steepness of the mountains. From here you can pick up the signposting for the Strada Regia. Obviously the views over to the other side of the lake are now rare but the woods themselves offer many compensatory pleasures. I therefore retraced my path past the Castello di Nesso and up into the woods noting this time some examples of naïve religious art along the way. There is no such problem on our side however. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Your email address will not be published. Start of the lower level option of the Strada Regia from Nesso to Lezzeno. View across to Argegno and the start of the Valle Intelvi on the opposite shore. Disused and abandoned buildings like this indicate the dramatic change from agricultural to industrial employment after the last war. The option offered by the left-hand fork is to descend down to the small lakeside town of Careno prior to then ascending a mountain road prior to a further descent to the lakeside at Nesso. At the port take the uphill path leading north and follow it until it joins the cobbled street Via Borgonuovo which leads down to the parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This section of the walk is open and offers marvellous views across to the other shore of the lake with views over to Brienno and on to  Argegno. If you think you have found and harvested some edible varieties, take them to a chemist just to get them checked before cooking. From here, walk down to the lakefront by the path on the north side of the bridge and take a closer look at the iconic and much photographed Ponte Civera – possibly Roman in origin. Torno and the Mystery of the Pietra Pendula. The right hand fork leads you up into the Careno mountain range taking you up from around 300 metres above sea level to a maximum of 700 and on a path that is steep and challenging in parts. However here I describe the so-called lower route which follows the contour of the lakefront and will in any case join up with the other option at the second section. Strada Regia: From Pognana to Nesso (and back) Bell tower of San Martino Church, Careno with Laglio on the other side of the lake. Ancient terraces, woods, medieval villages with Romanesque churches and iconic lakeside locations – this tract of the Strada Regia has it all. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. This is the point where you keep to your left to pass in front of the baitas rather than take the more developed path that continues to climb uphill. The downhill section was steep in parts making me thankful that I had not chosen this route in preference to the Careno option back near the start of the day. This then gives way to a prolonged stretch of dense woods walking at this time of the year (October) over a carpet of sweet chestnut burrs, the occasional mushroom and wild cyclamen. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Bell tower of San Martino Church, Careno with Laglio on the other side of the lake. View south over the lake as you emerge from the woods on the outskirts of Pognana. Brienno is seen to the left on the opposite shore. Lake Como Tourism is the commercial tourist portal of the Lake Como area. This hardest section of the walk is however shaded by the woods so is manageable even in high summer. Here the uphill sections require a degree of patience and fortitude but these virtues do bring their own reward with the discovery of the secret heaven that is Careno and the better known and equally glorious lakefront at Nesso. The mountain community just below the summit of Monte Cappon in the string of mountains known as Monti Careno. A descent to the lakefront is a small but very worthwhile detour from the Strada Regia sufficient to prepare yourself for the almost relentless uphill climb past the modern (18th century) church which passes under the main road for Bellagio and then up the Via dei Monti . Visit the old hamlet by travelling along the Strada Regia, on a 48 miles road from Como to Bellagio  both pedestrian and suitable for cycle. Ancient terraces, woods, medieval villages with Romanesque churches and iconic lakeside locations – this tract of the Strada Regia has it all. In this section, the terracing is still very evident and maintained in parts for fruit and olive trees. The Strada Regia And the Orrido in Nesso itself will surely enchant you with its unique hearty atmosphere: a daily tour on this amazing place would totally take you back in time! On the edge of Pognana, the Strada Regia offers you a choice – take the left fork or live to regret it! Then as you pass through either maintained or untended terraces, it is as if you are walking through history in step with the rhythm of a different age. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The walk can be divided into four sections defined by their differing terrains. Looking down from the bridge on the main road onto the roman Ponte Civera on the Nesso waterfront. There is no actual beach here or a bar or trattoria unlike at Careno but the boats from the Navigazione do stop here at the Imbarcadero. 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From that moment, the extensive terracing which covered the hillsides all around Lake Como started to fall into decline, but the pattern of flat fertile strips divided by dry stone walls of Moltrasio stone is still more or less evident in those areas where the mountains don’t rise too steeply up from the lake. From Lenno, you can either take the boat or a bus back to Como or Bellagio but I decided to walk back to Pognana to check out that section of the walk I had missed out on in preference to passing by Careno. You should allow a good two hours but longer, if like me, you are distracted by foraging for chestnuts, walking along Lezzeno’s glorious lakefront or possibly stopping half way to eat at the Baita La Morena. The signs are so good that there is no need to give detailed directions here except when facing  the ‘dilemna’ posed by two contrasting signs which you will find as you walk through the medieval ‘frazione’ of Pognana called Quarzano. You are now leaving the town of Nesso and the main road behind you as you join the second section of the walk.

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