Colonno

  1 March 2016

To the bottom of Monte Costone there is Colonno, a picturesque village reflected in the waters of Lake Como.
Colonno takes its name from a Greek colony installed by Julius Caesar. These Greeks proceeded to build roads and work the land cultivating the olive trees, the grapevines, the wheat. They founded Colonno, Lezzeno, Lenno, Griante.
One of Roman tombs near the lake between Colonno and Sala Comacina testifies this period.
Colonno in the Middle Ages, was part of the Comacina Island Church, and followed its fate in the long war between Como and Milan.
Once inhabitans were fishermen and farmers, Colonno has maintained its structure with houses leaning against each other, as original architecture of the Middle Ages.
In the Renaissance period Colonno lives the struggles between the French and Spanish, it allies from time to time to Lombard princely family.
In this moment probably started the trades of agricultural products, the women of Colonno are known as very resourceful in marketing.
The inhabitants of Colonno are famous for hard work and the ability in marketing. They sold agrucultural products, along with fish and fresh dairy products, touring the province with the basket on theyr back.
To visit the church of San Michele Arcangelo which houses frescoes from medieval times.
Near the lake in a characteristic square there is an old building which locals call the District Court enriched by a precious door of the XVI-XVII century.
The town is crossed by the torrent valley of Sala, which locals call “Pessetta”. On it, just outside the town, it stands a house bridge which preserves the memory of an overflow occurred in 1905.
Outside the town it deserves to be remembered the cascade of Camogge, that during periods of heavy rain swells and falls roaring into the lake.
If you drive along the Green Way Lake Como, Colonno is the country of departure for those arriving from the south, do not forget to visit this quaint town before you continue your beautiful walk!