Clarion Collection Hotel Griso Lecco
Strada Provinciale 51
Phone: (39) 0341 239811
Fax: (39) 0341 2398610
Located in the small commune of Civate, the Piazza Garibaldi a Lecco is a bustling public square in the town. Surrounded by the beautiful architectural structures in the heart of the city, this square is a popular place among the locals. The square also plays host to community events from time to time.
Along the eastern coast of the lake, after Lecco, is Abbadia Lariana e Mandello on the alluvial plain of the Zerbo River. Abbadia owes its name to a Benedictine Abbey of the Church of San Lorenzo and the convent. Abbadia is now annexed to another neighboring center, Mandello del Lario, which as well as being a holiday resort, is also an important industrial center, especially in the mechanical world, and Moto Guzzi is produced here. The Oratory of San Giorgio is an important landmark which dates from the 14th Century, has one nave and 15th-century frescoes. Legend has it that the church was founded by the work of a crusade on its return from the Holy Land, or by a monk who sought refuge in this place. The San Lorenzo Church is of ancient origin and was renovated in the 17th Century. It's interior frescoes have been preserved, as well as some precious paintings. There are also examples of Art Nouveau in some lovely, local villages, such as Villa Falck, Villa Carcano and Villa Fasoli.
Varenna has preserved its historic center made up of tiny lanes and streets all leading to the small port which offers spectacular lake views. The 4th century church, restored in the 17th and 18th centuries, has preserved Lombardo Gothic characteristics. The interior has three naves and a hulled vault. On the enormous façade there is a fresco of St Christopher. There are many villas to see but don't miss the Villa Monastero and Villa Isimbardi or dei Capresi which have beautiful grounds. These villas now belong to the government and are used for conferences and scientific conventions. Leonardo da Vinci described the strange phenomenon of a short river in Varenna in his Codice Atlantico. The river gushes water white as milk out of a cave from spring to autumn, and seems to disappear for the rest of the year.
The third largest lake in Italy (145km2), Lake Como (or Lario) is fed by the river Adda and 36 smaller rivers. It is one of Lombardy's most beautiful spots. It lies between Brianza and Valtellina like an upside down "Y" and so has three distinct sections: the Colico stretch to the north with its mountainous and varied shores, the Lecco stretch to the east with its bare, rocky shores, and the arm of Como with gentle, green banks. Historically, the lake has been a place of transit since ancient times (in proto-historical times there was a road that ran along the crest on the western side of the lake). Remains of the various cultures and peoples that have lived there throughout history have been found around it: villas, sanctuaries, chapels and monasteries lie all around its lovely surroundings. Villa D'Este at Cernobbio, the ancient church on Comacina island, Villa Carlotta at Tremezzo, Bellagio, Piona abbey, the small hamlet of Varenna, Como and its monuments, the ancient mule track of Mount Bisbino, the wide views seen from Brunate are just some of the many attractions the shores of the lake offer to tourists and artists. Besides the standard visits by car, the ferry lines of the lake's transport company offer superb views of the lake.
By Bellano is the Pioverna River that comes from Valsassina, and eventually leads to the lake. In the town, be sure to visit the churches of Santissimi Nazaro and Celso, Santa Marta, as well as the 14th-century San Nicolao Church. From Bellano, walk through Muggiasca and go up to Valsassina through a splendid, Alpine landscape.
On the lakeside to the west of the city, immersed in greenery at the end of the public gardens, sits the Voltiano Mausoleum. It was erected in 1927 on the centenary of the death of Alessandro Volta, the most illustrious citizen of Como and inventor of the electric battery. This temple is in a neo-classical style and was designed by the architect Federico Frigerio. On a quadrilateral plain with a large Corinth, with the statues of Faith and Science by Carlo and Luigi Rigola, it is in the vast, circular hall, with the large dome overhead of the Voltiano museum. This small museum preserves, in chronological order, more than 200 remains and relics of Alessandro Volta. This is the place to find copies and original, scientific equipment belonging to the famous citizen of Como, as well as personal objects such as letters, documents, medals and portraits.
Orto Botanico di Bergamo "Lorenzo Rota" is a remarkable botanical garden situated in the heart of the city of Bergamo in Italy. This garden was first made accessible to the public in the year 1972. The museum derives its name from Lorenzo Rota, who was an eminent botanist as well as a physician. This place is associated with Museo di Scienze Naturali Enrico Caffi since 1989.
Cappella Colleoni, or Colleoni Chapel, is a church-cum-mausoleum that is built to honor saints Bartholomew, Mark and John the Baptist. Designed by Giovanni Antonio Amadeo, this church is truly an architectural marvel. The facade, rose windows, statues and the other structures give you an idea about the Italians penchant for elaborate and intricate designs. The inner plaques have Bible stories inscribed on them and the frescoes describe the 'Episodes of the Lives of St. Mark, John the Baptist and Bartholomew'. While in town, do not miss out on this elegant and historic chapel.
Considered as one of the finest architectural monuments of the region, the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is a grandiose church that dates back to the 12th century. The Romanesque church boasts of a stunning facade, beautiful interiors, frescoes and awe-inspiring reliefs that keep you spell bound. Apart from that, the Basilica also houses the tombs of Bergamo's celebrated artist Donizetti and his teacher.
The Brughiera Briantea park consists of a small srea of land (750 hectares) crossed by three streams running between the province of Mian and Como. In one of Northern Italy's most densely built up areas, the park is a beatiful patch of greenery besieged by built-up Brianza. The park mainly consists of heath land, from where the plant name heather comes, in springtime the ground is covered with its cyclamine coloured flowers. Across the woods and green meadows of Cabiate the valley goes up again to Cascina Mordina, which is an interesting example of a Lombardy rural building.
Pontegana Castle is a historic fortress situated in the commune of Balerna in Switzerland. The castle has disintegrated with the passage of time, and all that remains at present is its ruins and a mention of its existence in historic documents. It dates back to 15th Century, and was once used as a warehouse. It also featured a chapel in the bygone times, but that structure has been completely obliterated. At present, this old-world fort is owned by Canton Ticino.
Located on the Swiss-Italian border, Mounte Generoso is a popular hiking and tourist attraction for its splendid views of the two neighboring countries and stunning woodland scenery. With a height of 1,701 meters (5,581 feet), the mountain's summit can be easily accessed by hiking trails from Mendrisio, Bellavista and Capolago. A mountain rack railway is also available and takes visitors to its very own summit station eqipped with a hotel, restaurant, viewing terrace, children's play area and picnic spots. A small chapel and an astronomical observatory are also located here. Although a steep climb, the mountain is a must visit for the stunning views it provides of the might Alps and the nearby Italian city of Milan on a clear day.