Greenway del Lago

By Vacanze Lago • on March 10, 2014

The Greenway is a pleasant walk between Colonno and Cadenabbia following traces of the Antica Strada Regina, the antique connection road built by the Romans. It is 10 km long leading through ancient villages showing wonderful examples of architecture, beautiful villas and gardens and offering romantic lake views.
It is possible to do the walk in around 3,5 hours or decide to do it in sections. Most frequent ferry service is to/from Lenno, Tremezzo, and Cadenabbia, and the C10 bus (Como-Menaggio-Colico) runs the entire length of the route on the lakeside road.

Stage 1 – Colonno – Sala Comacina – 35 minutes
The route starts at the south end of Colonno, where there is a car park at the bottom of Via Cappella.Follow the signs indicating the Greenway del Lago. then continue along via Civetta leading to the historic centre of the town. You will cross the bridge over Pessetta stream and you will carry on walking along the ancient Roman road called “L’Antica Strada Regina”. After a pleasant walk of abou 30 minutes you will reach Sala Comacina and the Chapel of San Rocco.

Stage 2  Sala Comacina – Isola Di Ossuccio – 40 minutes
From the Chapel of San Rocco (there are steps that lead down to the centre of the village in 300 metres) the Greenway continues along the Antica Strada Regina with beautiful views over the lake and Comacina island. After walking across a bridge over the valley of Premonte, you will enter the town of Ossuccio and descend towards the village of Spurano. You will cross the main road in order to reach the Church of S. Giacomo. Then you will re-cross the road and follow the road uphill in direction of the Madonna del Soccorso Sanctuary. At the crossroads with via Castelli take the road to the right that goes through the town; you will enjoy some beautiful views of the Santa Maria Maddalena bell tower.
At the roundabout  you will go down into the village of Isola and Villa Balbi. After crossing the bridge you will enter the picturesque centre of Campo di Lenno.

Stage 3. Isola Di Ossucio – Imbarcadero Di Lenno- 30 minutes
Having left the main road on your left, you will go over the footbridge across the Perlana stream and into the ancient village of Campo. You will then follow the road continuing along Dosso di Lavedo on the right and a small campsite on the left. Just past the Hotel Lavedo you will have the possibility of deviating towards Villa Balbianello (1km) or carrying on to the Lido of Lenno. You will continue along the lake side of Lenno with its lovely villas, the main square with the Church of Santo Stefano and the Romanesque Baptistery of San Giovanni and then reach the pier and the lake’s ferry service.

Stage 4. Imbarcadero Di Lenno- Bolvedro di Tremezzo- 1 hour
From the boat dock you will cross the bridge over  the Pola stream and pass in front of Hotel San Giorgio. You will follow a small alleyway leading to the main road. You will cross the road and follow uphill for about 10 minutes reaching the village of Mezzegra. After about ten minutes you will reach a crossing with Via Pola and you will turn right. You’ll come out in Via Brentano and you will follow to the right, passing the oratory of San Giuseppe and the Church of San Abbondio, from where you can enjoy a splendid panorama of the lake and the Bellagio promontory. Then you will continue slightly downhill reaching Palazzo Brentano and you’ll cross the small hamlet of Bonzanigo, turning left into via delle Gere. After crossing the bridge over the Bolvedro stream, you’ll carry on down towards the lake, arriving at the tiny harbour at the bottom of via Monte Grappa.

Stage 5. Bolvedro di Tremezzo – Cadenabbia – 1 hour
The final stage of the Greenway is entirely along the lakeside. Straight after Bolvedro you will go pass the beautiful Villa La Quiete with its Italian style front garden and a beautiful iron gate and then Parco Olivelli with its elegant fountain. Leaving the park, you will pass under the portico of the Hotel ‘La Darsena’, and keeping to the lakeside, you’ll get to the ferry stop of Tremezzo and then arrive at the old centre of Tremezzo with its characteristic porticos, with bars and shops. The we suggest recrossing the main road passing in front of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo. You will walk in front of Villa Carlotta and the enter the commune of Griante Cadenabbbia and reach the ferry dock where the Greenway ends.

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