In 1169, encouraged by the fail of Milan to emperor Frederick Barbarossa, the people of Como invaded the Comacina Island destroying fortresses, houses and churches, and forced inhabitants to flee.
The islanders crossed the lake and sought refuge at Varenna, naming it Insula Nova (New Island).
Even today, the people of Varenna celebrate the landing of the refugees, with a costume parade in which bloodstained escapees land on the Riva Granda from rowing boats.
They are met by religious figures and local people, who feed and confort them and provide hospitality in the Varennese community.
Follows a fireworks show on the lake.
Saturday, July 5th
19.30 start tasting dishes
22.00 Great re-enactment of the landing of the refugees from the Island Comacina and historical procession to the ancient church of San Giovanni
22:40 fireworks on lake Como