Surroundings

Annual Events

Ginee (31st January)

Maggiana Tower Festival (June)

Swim across the lake (July)

St. Lawrence's day with celebrations to commemorate the patron saint of the town (10 th August)

St.Rocco fair (16th August)

Moto Guzzi Meeting (September)

Christmas Parade (Christmas Eve)

A great number of other celebrations and events are organised by the many associations in Mandello. A calendar of these events is made available every year in a special publication.

Surroundings

Cultural and religious Tour

Surroundings In Mandello del Lario our visitors can find some of the most beautiful churches of the area. The little Saint George’s Church, as the story goes, was built by a Templar monk on his way back from the Holy Land. Its walls are entirely decorated with magnificent 15th-century frescos illustrating popular depictions of Hell, Paradise and Works of Mercy.

Getting closer to the lake, visitors can stop by to admire Saint Laurence’s Church, a perfect starting point for a pleasant walk through narrow alleys leading to the lake jetty and surrounded by seventeenth and eighteenth-century buildings. Saint Laurence’s Church, rebuilt in 1600, was founded before 1000 and still preserves its bell tower erected during 12th century. Besides its wooden majestic altar and its chorus, inside the Church reside several remarkable paintings and a monumental Serrassi pipe organ, inaugurated in 1787.

The Blessed Virgin Sanctuary (Santuario della Beata Vergine del Fiume), with its octagonal floor plan overtopped by a cupola, was raised in 1624 and represents a place of outstanding artistic value. Several years after its foundation, in the square in front of the sanctuary, a nine arch narthex and a Via Crucis with 14 baroque chapels were built. At the beginning of 20th century the original chapels’ paintings were replaced by reproductions. According to the legend the Sanctuary was established after that Meria torrent burst its banks in 1624 destroying the pre-existing Chapel. The present-day Sanctuary was rebuilt where once stood the remains of the former chapel. The image of the Holy Mary was placed over the altar only in 1739. The inside of the Sanctuary preserves some important work of art as 18th-century paintings, frescos and statues depicting the Blessed Virgin, the Prophets and the Saints.

Since 1921, Mandello del Lario has been home to Moto Guzzi, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer now endowed with a museum hosting more than 150 exemplars of its production. Moto Guzzi’s history is therefore narrated through a temporary exposition of motorcycle models, prototypes and motor engines which have made Moto Guzzi a point of excellence in its field inside and outside the Country. The museum is open from Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., the entry is free and tour guides are also available. Since 2001 Mandello has hosted GMG (aka Giornata Mondiale Guzzi or Worldwide Guzzi Days).

Nature Tours

SurroundingsTOUR n°1: BELVEDERE ON THE LAKE

An easy excursion, ideal for every mountain passionate. The excursion starts from Somana to reach the town of Olcio along quiet urban roads with a maximum height difference of 100 meters. Excursion length: 1 hour.

Tour n°2: PANORAMA OF THE LAKE AND TREMEZZO MOUNTAINS

Another easy track, well signalled and practicable for everyone in every season. The excursion starts from Somana and passing through Lierna brings excursionists right to Acqua del Gess. From this site it’s possible to admire a breathtaking view of Mandello, Olcio, Lierna, the Lake and Tremezzo Mountains. Excursion length: 3 hours.

Tour n°3: MEDIEVAL ROUTE TO VALSASSINA

This excursion is best suitable for expert excursionists. The itinerary starts from Somana and leads excursionists to S.Mary’s Church, to Era’s Alps and to Gardata. The slope is practicable in every season on a mule-track with easy and well preserved stairs. From here you can enjoy a great view of Val Meria, Grignas mountains and Rosalba lodge. Excursion length: 5 hours (return in Rongio).

Tour n°4 : ALONG WATER PIPELINES

A simple itinerary through the Valley of Meria torrent joins two areas of Mandello: Somana (Sonvico) and Rongio. The track which initially starts on urban roads proceeds afterwards on easy beaten paths and follows the water pipelines of ENEL generating station. Excursion length: 3 hours.

Tour n°5: LEONARDO DA VINCI’S ITINERARY

Starting from Rongio, the itinerary reaches Ponte di Ferro (Iron Bridge) and leads to Grotta dell’Acqua Bianca (White Water Cave) also known as Ferrera. The final part of the track presents 200 steps cited by Leonardo Da Vinci in his Atlantic Code. Excursion length: 2 ½ hours.

Tour n°6: ROMAN WATER TANK RUINS

After a relaxing walk on a slight slope that from Rongio brings to Zucco della Rocca, excursionists can leave the road to Piani Resinelli and follow directions to reach the water tank ruins (track 12A). Excursion length: 4 hours (return in Maggiana).

Tour n°7: SAN GIORGIO- MAGGIANA- RONGIO

fter an easy walk from Saint George’s Church to Maggiana’s Tower, excursionists reach a track with medium difficulty slopes that leads to Rongio. Excursion length: 2 hours.

Tour n° 8: GRIGNA'S HIGHEST WATERFALL

An easy excursion with medium difficulty slopes. Starting once again from Saint George’s Church the track leads to Maggiana. Excursionists may continue following directions to Alta Via delle Grigne ( a red rectangle with a blue circle in the middle) in order to reach Zerbo torrent’s waterfall. Excursion length: 3 hours.

Bike Tours

AGUEGLIO PASS

The road of the Pass begins in Varenna. It is located on the eastern shore of the Lake and in 16,2 km reaches an height difference of 1000 m. The slope (sometimes included into the itinerary of Giro di Lombardia, the annual cycle race held in Lombardy) presents quite steady gradients (on the average of 6%) with the exception of some stretches that reaches a gradient of 10%. The slope allows to admire the beautiful landscape of the Lake and the outline of the coast.

COLMA DI SORMANO

A beautiful and challenging slope that offers a splendid overlook on the Lake and a visit to Nesso waterfall.
As soon as it passes the town of Nesso (280 m), the gradient of the slope becomes significant from the beginning: after 5 km the altitude is already of 643 meters. The slopes become then more and more challenging (gradient average form 8% to over 10%). If the season is favourable it is easy to meet along this track a great number of passionate. The road finally reaches Colma di Sormano, (1135 m) after a climb of 13 km; the final stretch ( 1 km at 10%) is preceded by an apparently flat ground (1,5 km).

MORTERONE

orterone is the smallest municipality in Italy: it counts only 27 residents.
It’s placed in the inner core of Resegone mountains at an altitude of 1100 meters.
Morterone is reachable from Ballabio, in the centre of Valsassina, passing through a little provincial road (15,7 km). Once you leave the road to Lecco, the street climbs down for some dozens of meters before starting to ascend in the direction of Forcella di Olino (cross) and the town of Morterone.
The gradients of the slope maintain steady for the first 8 kilometres. After this initial stretch a downward slope and a next up slope follow.
From Forcella di Olino (1100 m) the undulating road continues in the direction of Morterone until its reaches the city hall and the church, the little town’s centre.

LA SALITA DEL GHISALLO

Bicycle riders usually refer to “Ghisallo” or “Madonna del Ghisallo” as the road that from Bellagio climbs up to reach the Sanctuary.
Leaving Bellagio, at the crossroads of route 583, the road presents a slope of 4 km followed by a 3 km flat stretch with short downward slopes.
Then, after another slope of 1,5 km, it reaches the Sanctuary. The height difference is something less than 500 meters. The road, almost totally immersed in nature, presents many hairpin turns especially in its final part. Professional riders are able to make the trip in less than 20 minutes.
Another way, harder than the first one, that leads to the Sanctuary is also known as “Superghisallo”. Leaving from Bellagio, it is necessary to follow the main road until Guello ( where the first stretch of the slope ends); at this point follow directions to Monte San Primo and climb for 4-5 km to reach an altitude of 969 m (Piano Rancio), where at the crossroads you must turn left to get to the Sanctuary.
The opposite side (south), that from Erba leads to Magreglio, passing through Canzo and Asso, offers much more gentle slopes, presenting difficult stretches (gradient of slope of 10%) only in the last 1,5 kilometre.
From Asso is also possible to climb to Colma di Sormano (1124m), following the main road ( 9 km with gradient of slope of 8%) or through Muro di Sormano, recently repaved.

Other Interesting Sites

FIUMELATTE

Fiumelatte is the shortest river of Italy. It springs from a stone cavity that has known a great number of explorers, among whom Leonardo Da Vinci. The river, during its period of activity, flows into the lake with a white foam.


VARENNA AND VEZIO CASTLE

This itinerary leads visitors to discover the narrow and suggestive little streets of Varenna’s medieval suburbs and its treasures: the Church of Saint George and the botanic gardens of Villa Monastero and Villa Cipressi.
The Castle of Vezio, on the promontory of Varenna, is visible from every corner of the Lake of Como and can easily be reached from Varenna, either on foot or by car. It is surrounded by centuries old olive trees and it offers the opportunity to admire the exhibition of birds of prey and falconers (booking required) and to visit the tower of the castle and its underground passages.
The Castle is open from April to October from 10 a.m. to sunset.

ART AND NATURE IN BELLANO

Bellano, located 25 km far from Lecco, offers one of the most beautiful example of gothic architecture of our territory: Saint Nazaro and Celso’s parish house. Visitors are also invited to discover the famous Orrido: a natural site created by the flow of torrent Pioverna where water, canyons and a luxuriant vegetation give birth to one of the most fascinating attraction of the Lake.
Open: from October to May (from Tuesday to Saturday) : 10:00 – 13:00 / 15:00 – 18:00; Sundays: 10:00 - 18:00. From June to September (all days): 10:00 - 22:30.

ABBEY OF PIONA

Located on the north edge of the Lake, the ancient Saint Nicholas Abbey hosts till today Cistercian monks and preserves the old fascination of roman buildings. Its 13th-century cloisters is adorned with capitals decorated with figures and fresco paintings. The Abbey still represents a pristine setting that recalls ancient times when payers and meditations mingled with fears brought about by the several fights among different factions which fought against each other for power.

ALESSANDRO MANZONI’S ITINERARY IN LECCO

This itinerary leads visitors through the places where Alessandro Manzoni lived and by which he was inspired to write his famous novel I Promessi Sposi. Visitors may discover the location of the novel visiting Villa Manzoni, which is nowadays a museum dedicated to the Author, the centre of Lecco, Pescarenico and the Rocca dell’Innominato.





THE SILK ROAD

A visit to the Silk Museum “Abegg” in Garlate (Lecco) or to the Civico Museo “Monti” in Abbadia Lariana (LC) is recommended to discover the fascinating history of silk production and silk factories through old tools and machinery. Across 19th and 20th century silk production represented in fact the compelling field of our territory’s economy.

GIUSEPPE PARINI’S ITINERARY IN BOSISIO

An itinerary through Bosisio, a little town overlooking the Lake of Pusiano offers visitors the opportunity to know the hometown of a great poet from Lombardy: Giuseppe Parini. The visit to his parental house is enriched with nature trails and ferry boat tours on the Lake.


MONTEVECCHIA AND CURONE VALLEY’S PARK

The itinerary offers a visit to Montevecchia old town and its sanctuary. Visitors may also enjoy a nature trail in the Natural Park in the heart of Brianza. The itinerary also offers a visit to the wine museum and local agritouristic farms.

ROMANESQUE STYLE IN BRIANZA

The area of Brianza nearer to Lecco presents several churches and architectural compounds which still preserve intact Romanesque style features and represent a precious attestation of a significant historical and artistic past. They offer in fact the opportunity for visitors to admire valuable fresco paintings and the fascinating architectural context. Visitors may choose to combine two or more sites: Oggiono baptistery, SS. Nazaro and Celso’s Church in Garbagnate Monastero, SS. Gottardo and Colombano’s Church in Arlate and S.Salvatore’s Church in Barzanò.