Easter holidays on Lake Como discover our offer

Imagine your Easter holidays on Lake Como.
While walking in the alleys of the most beautiful villages in Italy or
while you take a boat trip to discover Bellagio and Varenna and …
Especially the beautiful lake Como with the warmth of the early spring sun.

And then you can’t go wrong …
Between lake and mountain in a building built at the end of the 1600s, the Residence Celeste holidays apartments , welcomes us with a breathtaking view.

Going down to the parking area and the pool
we find the undisputed Kingdom of Galli family : The reception , from where we have the first taste of local life and we let ourselves be advised.
First of all, a walk through the alleys of Tremezzo, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy
By the way, for the more active, a walk to the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso UNESCO heritage.
If you want to keep fit, let’s ride the Tremezzina Bike Way
Or let’s enjoy the view along the Green Way of Lake Como
After all this walks why not sit at a table in a bar in one of the many historic villages.

While listening to the lapping of the waves we enjoy a slice of Tremezzina or miascia cake
Let’s not forget a good espresso or cappuccino.
We enjoy this moment of calm and tranquility together with the warm and sparkling air
while we watch the children playing with the stones by the lake.

In this period of the year, time seems to run slower.
Because there is no summer frenzy and there is no high season traffic.
Leaving space for children, for their egg hunt, fairs and amusement parks in various parts of the lake that offer frittelle to young and old.

So here we are on the Angel’s Monday when the traditional egg hunt in the gardens of the famous Villa Carlotta waits for us.
So while the kids are having fun
Finally, adults can enjoy the museum and the colors of the first azaleas and camellias in bloom in the botanical garden.
Another idea to discover the lake if we love cinema is to find the locations of Hollywood and Bollywood films.
007 and Star Wars were shot in fact in the Fai gardens of Villa Balbianello and also other famous films were shot in the streets of Menaggio, Argegno and Como, consequently
To enjoy the best Easter holidays on Lake Como here’s our offer …

Mezzegra Lake Como

On the western shore of the lake there is our small village Mezzegra Lake Como, which is now part like so many former Italian municipalities of a new common Tremezzina.

A little curiosity is that the name Mezzegra comes from Mezz Agra middle ground.

The green of the olive trees, the small streets, the lake, however, deny great stories that see us protagonists in the past of Italian and European history.

The sumptuous and frescoed palaces of the historic center in Bonzanigo (Brentano, Rosati, Abbate, the Bishop’s House) show the success of immigrant families in Europe.
The family of Clemes Brentano German poet and author in the period of Romanticism, comes from here and also the well-known philosopher and psychologist Franz Brentano.
Here, April 28, 1945, was closed an important chapter in Italian history, when Benito Mussolini and Claretta Petacci were shot at the gate of Villa Belmonte in Giulino.

Wandering through the narrow streets of the village you can find small hidden corners, glimpses of breathtaking, beautiful walks.

From our apartments you can reach in 5 minutes the parish church of St. Abbondio, with a beautiful view of the lake where people from all over the world come to get married.

And walking and walking can also be reached Pola, where lives with his family the well-known singer-songwriter Davide Van De Sfroos, godfather and image of Lake Como for Expo 2015.

Mezzegra with its traditions (such as the Festival of Missoltino) and its people is not a classic tourist destination, as Bellagio or Varenna, but maybe that is what the guests of our apartments are looking for: find the true roots of the country they visit!

Ossuccio Lake Como

Ossuccio Lake Como is now part of a new common, like many other Italian municipalities. Along with Mezzegra, Lenno and Tremezzo, Ossuccio is now part of Tremezzina.
Ossuccio is a country rich in history and tradition located in an area known as “Zoca de l’Oli”, territory reach of olive trees thanks to the Mediterranean and mild climate.
Its origins are linked to the Comacina Island where today you can find archaeological remains and the artists houses in the rationalist style.
Isola Comacina was home to an important church at the beginning of Christianity, fortified by the Byzantines, then defeated by the Lombards.
It became a refuge for kings and dukes with their treasures and during sided war for Milan, who in 1169 took his revenge, occupying the island.
The festival of San Giovanni each year in late June commemorates the battle between Milan and Federico Barbarossa with musical fireworks and a spectacular burning of Isola Comacina.
When you enter in Ossuccio you can stop to admire Gothic tower of the Romanic church of Santa Maria Maddalena, than reach the lake shore to discover the typical corners and visit the Antiquarium.
Few years ago the Romanic church of San Giacomo, with its bell tower dating back to the XI-XII century, was the protagonist of an advertise of a famous brand of coffee.
The Sacred Mountain of Ossuccio Madonna del Soccorso with its chapels dedicated to the mysteries of the Rosary is now UNESCO heritage along with other Sacred Mountain of Piemonte and Lombardia.
The watch tower of Barbarossa now become FAI -Italian Environment Foundation- property.
Monastery of San Benedetto in Val Perlana is a peaceful corner in the nature.
A nice walk between history and nature awaits you in Ossuccio Lake Como !!!

Vezio Castle

Located above Varenna, Vezio Castle is an ancient military outpost of medieval origin built for the will of the Longobard Queen Theodolinda.

The castle was connected to the village of Varenna by two long walls that protected the country and its inhabitants from frequent wars and looting.
Partially restored in the twentieth century, today Vezio Castle is a place rich in history, art, nature and culture of the territory.

You can visit the gardens, the underground, the walls and go to the tower where you can admire a wonderful view over Lake Como. The castle also houses a breeding of birds of prey which can be admired during one of the daily falconry demonstrations.

The Valsolda of Piccolo Mondo Antico: on the lake shore

Our journey to Valsolda of Piccolo Mondo Antico continues down from Castello on the cobblestones that reaches on the lake shore.

It immediately meets the Church of Loggio with its large churchyard and shortly afterwards the view opens on the Monte San Salvatore after Lugano and the mountains of Carona where all times the storms in Fogazzaro novel unleashed.

Once on the lake shore of lake Lugano just beyond the Casarico houses and the mouth of the stream Soldo, you get into a large porch and arrive in a small boat landing.

Is the district of “Mal’ari” magical place in times of good weather, but so called because of air turbulence and roaring waves slapping against the shore during storms.
Here the Fogazzaro novel begins with the boat that leads the guests to dinner at base of risotto with truffles in the villa of the marquise Maironi in Cressogno.

From here continue to reach Oria, the starting point of our trip in Valsolda.

Porlezza and its fractions

About Porlezza and its fractions is more difficult to have historical sources of the past.

The village of Begna has in its lower village the oldest part of the late Roman period, while the upper core is born as a rural offshoot of the older one.

The center of Agria is a medieval hamlet of rural origin.

Tavordo can be divided into two distinct core of medieval origin. The first nucleus is composed of buildings that gravitate around an agricultural-manor courtyard, while the oldest is composed of noble and peasant matrix buildings.
Tavordo is a politically and economically autonomous township. On the front of the houses you can still admire frescoes depicting the Madonna, St. Sebastian, St. Roch and St. Uguzzo (St. Lucio) denoting the historical link between these people and the pastures above the pass of St. Lucio in Val Cavargna. In the hall called “Conventino” was set in medieval times, the Hospitales for pilgrims and travelers.

The village of Cima still remembers its historical function of noble medieval hamlet in the civil and military structures that are read in its buildings. The parish church of the Purification of Mary denotes its medieval cemetery as the Oratory of St. Giorgio. Oldest is the Oratory of St. Michele which is still visible in the destroyed castle of the same name.
Upstream of the state road are always in the hamlet Cima, a lime kiln, well-preserved example of industrial archeology.

A walk in the fractions of Porlezza brings us back to medieval times, and we will discover the unexpected scene angles!

Free climbing on Lake Como: the Crag above Lake Lugano

Changing lake, bu t not far from Residence Celeste, there are the crag above Lake Lugano.
Near the village of Cima there is a strong overhanging on Lake Lugano which has a dozen spectacular routes called “the Diamond”.

Near the nature reserve of Valsolda, with access from Val Rezzo above Porlezza there is the Tower of Val Fiorina, sleek monolith of solid limestone.
These are ways suited to those who have a good alpinism and climbing preparation…

As usually if you want to try it we suggest you to use all the necessary climbing protection only in this way you could really enjoy your climbing!

Free climbing on Lake Como: the Crag Moltrasio and Carate Urio

The Crag Moltrasio is the closest to Como, ideal for an evening workout after work.
The holds were built on the walls of an old disused quarry with long shoots up to 35 meters.

A few kilometers away, in Carate Urio there is another crag overlooking the waters of the lake.
It’a long limestone height range between ten and twenty meters.
It presents more than a hundred of various technical effort throws and has the comfort of a flat terrace at the base.

As usually if you want to try it we suggest you to use all the necessary climbing protection!

Griante: the Majolica factory and the Anglican Church

In the hamlet near the lake called Majolica, we can find the Anglican Church and the building still called “Ca’ di quadrej”.

Between 1700 and 1800 Griante had a factory for the production of Majolica.
The raw material was derived from the large clay bench located at the foot of Mount Crocione. Feature of “cooked pasta” produced in Griante was yellow.
This production has unfortunately disappeared.

For a long time Cadenabbia was one of the favorite places by the British who settled here and founded a community so important to lead to build an Anglican Church, the first in Italy, which was consecrated in 1891.

The project was designed by architect Giuseppe Brentano, whose neo-Gothic style was the ultimate expression in a project for the facade of the cathedral of Milan, never realized.

Particularly noteworthy are the mosaics that adorn the facade, made from the english architect Murchison. He was the first owner of Villa Norella whose gardens are descended from the villa to the road Statale Regina on the border with the Anglican Church.

Opposite the church, on the lake promenade, it was recently placed the statue of Konrad Adenauer depicted while playing bowls, his favourite pastime.

Free climbing on Lake Como: the Crag Peglio above Gravedona

In the Naro village, reached by the road from Gravedona to Peglio, there is in fact the Crag Peglio, better known with the name of Sasso Pelo.

The cliff faces south and offers more than fifty highly technical shots that suggest the experts of the sport.
The landscape here is truly stunning and is one of the most beautiful of the Alps of Lombardy can in fact admire the Como lake in its full length.

The streets are all worthy and have curious names such as “Bella Belluno”, “Heartbreack”, “Females in Cage” …..
As usual, if you want to enjoy your hike you should use the right equipment!