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Walking tour through Menaggio

Historical itinerary along the main sites of the town

Where
Piazza Garibaldi, 3, 22017 Menaggio (Co)
Contacts
+ 39 0344 32924
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Our itinerary starts in Piazza Garibaldi near the tourist information office.  This lovely walk through the town takes about 1 hour and will lead past the main sites of Menaggio. In case there are children walking with you, we suggest the amusing puzzle tour you can do together with this itinerary.

From Piazza Garibaldi pick up Via Calvi and half way up the street on the right you find the church S. Marta. On the facade you can see the Roman memorial plaque of Minicio Exorato, a notable of the empire; above it the town-arms. Inside the church there are some interesting paintings of the 17th century.

At the end of Via Calvi is the parish church of S. Stefano of very ancient origins whose original Roman structures have however been lost; even the orientation itself is in the opposite direction of its primitive setting. The church has three naves which, in 1899, were covered with frescoes by a local artist named Tagliaferri. Quite noteworthy is the one of the martyr Santo Stefano located in the vault of the apse. In the presbytery, two works by the painter Castelli from Menaggio. Above the altar of the Madonna, at the front of the left nave, you find a copy of a painting by Bernardino Luino depicting Maria with Jesus and an angel. The original work is now at the Louvre. The altar is surrounded by copper medallions representing scenes from the Madonna’s life. In the middle of the right nave there is a large painting of San Giorgio but the artist is unknown. The altar of “Il Sacro Cuore” is embellished with stuccoes of the 17th century by the “maestri intelvesi” (famous sculptors and craftsmen of the Val d’Intelvi who passed their experience from father to son and worked all over Europe).

When you come out of the church you turn right into Via Caronti, then at the end of the street turn right into Via Leoni. After 30 m turn left into Via Castellino da Castello. This street leads to the upper part of town where the castle once stood. On the way you pass some beautiful portals. On the corner with Via Strecioum stands the native house of P. Gabriel Malagrida, a Jesuit who was martired in Lisbon in 1761 under the despotic regime of Pombal.

The “Castello” of today gives only a faint idea of how it was in the middle ages. It was in fact completely destroyed in 1523 by the Signori delle Leghe Grigie (Graubundener). Left intact are parts of its enormous perimeter walls which you can admire at various points. The houses in the upper part of Via Castellino da Castello follow the original contours of the castle. On the facade of house number 54 there are two medieval sculptures from the XI century, a winged feline and a bust. Above the ruins of the ancient castle you find the church S. Carlo which was built in 1614. The church has a characteristic Spanish style bell tower a reminder of the period of Spanish domination in the 15-16th century. The bell tower can be seen from the centre of town.

When you reach the end of Via Castellino da Castello you continue to the left and follow Via N. Sauro. After only 20 m you pick up the street, just before a small parking lot, that runs right below the walls of the castle. Just past another small car park, you pick up Via Fabbri. At the beginning of the street, on the left, on the top of a gate, there is a sculpture of the 12th century representing the head of the bull of San Luca. Then a bit further down on the left there is a fountain called “Del Salvatore”. Above it there is a bust in relief of the 12th century which has unfortunately been damaged by time.

At the end of Via Fabbri you end up again in Via Castellino da Castello which you follow down to the right for ca. 10 m and then you pick up Via Strecioum to the left. At the end of the street continue a few meters and you come to one of the most picturesque bridges over the river Sanagra. In the middle of the bridge you can admire a relief by Vannunccini   (1965) , and on the right the chapel dedicated to the Madonna di Caravaggio.

Turn back and then left into Via per Loveno and left again into Via Leoni which you follow to the end. Cross Via Lusardi, passing in front of the little church San Rocco, built in 1772, and pick up Via Roma which leads along the entrance of the Lido of Menaggio built in 1934 with its  beach and swimming pool.

The walk continues along Lungo Lago Benedetto Castelli. Here you find the sculpture by Francesco Somaini, dedicated to the women silk weavers, donated to the town of Menaggio by the Mantero family, owners of several silk mills. It is made of Carrara Marble and represents a hymn to the weaving culture of Como, in which work, art and management ability are melted and mixed, following the centuries old tradition which has made Como one of the silk capitals of the world. You continue your way on the lovely lake side promenade where you can enjoy the beauty of the landscape which has made the fortune of the area. You pass the Grand Hotel Victoria built in 1885 and then you’ll find yourself back in Piazza Garibaldi.

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Places

Church of S. Marta

  • Art & Culture
Church of S. Marta
30 mt

Il Rogolone

The big oak tree
Il Rogolone
178 mt

Monument to the silk weaver

  • Art & Culture
Monumento alla Tessitrice
178 mt

Itinerario a quiz per Menaggio

  • Art & Culture
medieval sculpture
178 mt

Villa mylius vigoni

Rich of suggestions, memories and ancient trees, the park of Villa Vigoni is one of the best preserved romantic gardens in Lombardy
  • Art & Culture
Villa Mylius Vigoni
178 mt

Parish church of S. Stefano

  • Art & Culture
S. Stefano
222 mt

By bike from Menaggio to Porlezza

  • Cycle Tourism
The cycle track Menaggio - Porlezza
343 mt

Centre and lakeside of Menaggio

  • Villages
Centre and lakeside of Menaggio
347 mt

La Crocetta

The trenches of the Linea Cadorna
  • Art & Culture
View from the Crocetta
1.09 km

The Val Sanagra Park

A beautiful territory close to Menaggio
  • Active & Green
Val Sanagra Park - Mulino Carliseppi
1.47 km

L'Antica Strada Regina

On foot from Menaggio to Rezzonico along the ancient pilgrim route
  • Active & Green
Castello di Rezzonico
1.5 km

Menaggio e Cadenabbia Golf Club

  • Golf
Menaggio Cadenabbia Golf Club, Grandola e Uniti (CO)
2.02 km

The Rogolone and the Rogolino

  • Active & Green
The Rogolone and the Rogolino
2.6 km

Church of San Giorgio

  • Art & Culture
Chiesa di San Giorgio Varenna
3.6 km

Village of Varenna

The Village of Varenna is divided into a grid of streets that steeply slope down towards Lake Como.
  • Villages
Village of Varenna
3.62 km

Lido of Lake Como

Relax and comfort on Lake Como during the summer
  • Lakes
lettino lido lago como
3.63 km

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

  • Art & Culture
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie
3.64 km

Church of San Giovanni Battista

Discover the oldest church in Varenna, one of the first built on Lake Como when Christianity was beginning to spread.
  • Art & Culture
Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista Varenna
3.64 km

The Magnolia of Villa Monastero

In an enchanting location, rich in artistic and natural wonders, a spectacular magnolia tree caresses the waters of the lake.
  • Lakes
The Magnolia of Villa Monastero
3.66 km

Ornithology and Natural Science Civic Museum "Luigi Scanagatta"

Ornithology and Natural Science Civic Museum "Luigi Scanagatta"
3.7 km

Events

Story trame

Chiesa di Santa Marta in Piazza San Giorgio
Piazza San Giorgio, 25 - 23829 Varenna (LC)
22/06/2024 - 30/06/2024
  • Art & Culture
Story trame
3.65 km

Aperitivi musicali - Ethel Colella – arpa

Villa Monastero
Viale Giovanni Polvani 4, 23829, Varenna (LC)
27/06/2024
  • Music and show
Aperitivi musicali - Ethel Colella – arpa
3.8 km

Aperitivi musicali - Massimo Barossi – Piano e Violino

Villa Monastero
Viale Giovanni Polvani 4, 23829, Varenna (LC)
11/07/2024
  • Music and show
Aperitivi musicali - Massimo Barossi – Piano e Violino
3.8 km

Aperitivi musicali - Kateryna Bannyk – violoncello

Villa Monastero
Viale Giovanni Polvani 4, 23829, Varenna (LC)
18/07/2024
  • Music and show
Aperitivi musicali - Kateryna Bannyk – violoncello
3.8 km

Aperitivi musicali - Kateryna Poteriaieva – violino classico

Villa Monastero
Viale Giovanni Polvani 4, 23829, Varenna (LC)
25/07/2024
  • Music and show
Aperitivi musicali - Kateryna Poteriaieva – violino classico
3.8 km

Botanica dei sentimenti: erbari, miniature, paesaggi di lago, nell'età di Manzoni

Villa Monastero
Viale Giovanni Polvani 4, 23829, Varenna (LC)
21/06/2024 - 22/09/2024
  • Art & Culture
Botanica dei sentimenti: erbari, miniature, paesaggi di lago, nell'età di Manzoni
3.8 km

Festival di Bellagio e del Lago di Como

Basilica di San Giacomo
Piazza della Chiesa, 22021 Bellagio (CO)
04/07/2024
  • Music and show
Festival di Bellagio e del Lago di Como
3.99 km

Creativamente... i giochi di una volta Artigianato e creatività

Piazza della Chiesa
Piazza della Chiesa, 22021 Bellagio (CO)
04/06/2024 - 24/09/2024
  • Lifestyle
Creativamente... i giochi di una volta Artigianato e creatività
3.99 km

Art Exhibition "Stanza" by Nancy Cadogan

Torre delle arti
Salita Plinio 25, Bellagio (CO)
12/05/2024 - 05/08/2024
  • Art & Culture
Art Exhibition "Stanza" by Nancy Cadogan
4.07 km

Uno stradivari per AISM

Auditorium Cappella Cappuccini - Fondazione Rockefeller
Salita Cappuccini, Bellagio (CO)
23/08/2024
  • Top Events
Uno stradivari per AISM
4.43 km

Festival di Bellagio e del Lago di Como

Chiesa di San Giovanni
vicolo pretorio 1, 22021, Bellagio (CO)
24/06/2024
  • Music and show
Festival di Bellagio e del Lago di Como
5.01 km

Festival di Bellagio e del Lago di Como

Chiesa di San Giovanni
vicolo pretorio 1, 22021, Bellagio (CO)
05/07/2024
  • Music and show
Festival di Bellagio e del Lago di Como
5.01 km

Concerto King's Singers

Chiesa di San Giovanni
vicolo pretorio 1, 22021, Bellagio (CO)
22/09/2024
  • Top Events
Concerto King's Singers
5.01 km

Summer Baby Dance

Parco di San Giovanni
Via Papa Giovanni XXIII, 4, 22021 Bellagio CO, Italia
13/06/2024 - 01/08/2024
  • Top Events
Summer Baby Dance
5.02 km

Art and music in North Lake Como - San Siro

Chiesa di S. Maria Assunta
Piazza Chiesa, 1, 22010 San Siro (CO)
30/06/2024
  • Music and show
Art and music in North Lake Como - San Siro
5.31 km

Da Bellano a Dorio: Castelli e torrenti sul sentiero del Viandante (quinta tappa)

Via XX Settembre, 72, 23822, Bellano (LC)
26/10/2024
  • Art & Culture
Da Bellano a Dorio: Castelli e torrenti sul sentiero del Viandante (quinta tappa)
5.33 km

La montagna più bella del mondo

Spazio Circolo
Via Manzoni 50, 23822, Bellano, LC
23/03/2024 - 29/09/2024
  • Art & Culture
La montagna più bella del mondo
5.68 km

Visita guidata "cammini"

Chiesa di San Lorenzo
Via Parrocchiale, 4, 23838, Bellano LC
29/06/2024
  • Art & Culture
Visita guidata "cammini"
7.25 km

Festa di compleanno del museo del lattedi Vendrogno

Museo del Latte e della storia della Muggiasca
Via Roma, 23838, Bellano LC
29/06/2024 - 30/06/2024
  • Art & Culture
Festa di compleanno del museo del lattedi Vendrogno
7.3 km

Le pietre raccontano.. quando il lago era mare

Museo delle Grigne
Via Montefiori, 19, 23825 Esino Lario
08/09/2024
  • Art & Culture
Le pietre raccontano.. quando il lago era mare
7.7 km

Activities

E-bike Tour with Lunch in Valsolda, Lake Lugano

  • Active & Green
E-bike Tour with Lunch in Valsolda, Lake Lugano
2.05 km

Tour Menaggio's Most Magical Lake Views in E-bike

  • Active & Green
Tour Menaggio's Most Magical Lake Views in E-bike
2.05 km

E-bike Tour of Three Lakes and Idyllic Mountain Life

  • Active & Green
E-bike Tour of Three Lakes and Idyllic Mountain Life
2.05 km

E-bike Classic Lake Como Villages with a Local Touch

  • Active & Green
E-bike Classic Lake Como Villages with a Local Touch
2.05 km

Villas and Flavors of Lake Como

  • Lakes
Villas and Flavors of Lake Como
3.48 km

Cruise & Dinner from Varenna

  • Lakes
Cruise & Dinner from Varenna
3.54 km

VARENNA AND ITS HAMLETS and olive oil tasting

  • Villages
VARENNA AND ITS HAMLETS and olive oil tasting
3.7 km

Bellagio Travel Guide: the complete guide

  • Lifestyle
Bellagio Travel Guide: the complete guide
3.98 km

Bellagio, the pearl of lake Como

  • Villages
Bellagio, the pearl of lake Como
4.17 km

Let's taste Como Lake

  • Active & Green
Let's taste Como Lake
5.22 km

VILLA DEL BALBIANELLO AND SACRO MONTE IN OSSUCCIO along the Greenway

  • Active & Green
VILLA DEL BALBIANELLO AND SACRO MONTE IN OSSUCCIO along the Greenway
6.69 km

Paragling Tandem on Lake Como with Flylibell

  • Active & Green
Paragling Tandem on Lake Como with Flylibell
10.13 km

Cook with us - Lake Como

  • Food & Wine
Cook with us - Lake Como
13.5 km

Where to sleep

WISTERIA COURT SUITE ONE di PALMA SNC DI ERIKSEN FABRIS PALMA FRANCES ANNE (SUB 723)

MENAGGIO
WISTERIA COURT SUITE ONE di PALMA SNC DI ERIKSEN FABRIS PALMA FRANCES ANNE (SUB 723)
25 mt

WISTERIA COURT SUITE TWO di PALMA SNC DI ERIKSEN FABRIS PALMA FRANCES ANNE (SUB 724)

MENAGGIO
WISTERIA COURT SUITE TWO di PALMA SNC DI ERIKSEN FABRIS PALMA FRANCES ANNE (SUB 724)
25 mt

APARTMENT MENAGGINO di CASSERA MORETTI MADDALENA

Menaggio
APARTMENT MENAGGINO di CASSERA MORETTI MADDALENA
25 mt

APARTMENT NICOLE di CASSERA MORETTI NICOLE ALBA

Menaggio
APARTMENT NICOLE di CASSERA MORETTI NICOLE ALBA
25 mt

MENAGGIO FANTASTICO di CAMPBELL JAMES

Menaggio
MENAGGIO FANTASTICO di CAMPBELL JAMES
25 mt

ANTICO MENAGGIO di VERCELLIO COSTANZA

Menaggio
ANTICO MENAGGIO di VERCELLIO COSTANZA
25 mt

APARTMENT DELLE ROSE - MENAGGIO DI LINDGREN CHRISTOPHER ALLEN

MENAGGIO
APARTMENT DELLE ROSE - MENAGGIO DI LINDGREN CHRISTOPHER ALLEN
25 mt

C.A.V. SUITES MENAGGIO - LA FABBRICA DEL GELATO S.R.L.S.

Menaggio
C.A.V. SUITES MENAGGIO - LA FABBRICA DEL GELATO S.R.L.S.
29 mt

CAV DI VISETTI FRANCESCO

Menaggio
CAV DI VISETTI FRANCESCO
32 mt

PERLA NEL CENTRO STORICO DI MENAGGIO di POLLINI ARIANNA

Menaggio
PERLA NEL CENTRO STORICO DI MENAGGIO di POLLINI ARIANNA
32 mt

MAKALLE' DI REDAELLI PIETRO

MENAGGIO
MAKALLE' DI REDAELLI PIETRO
33 mt

APPARTAMENTO PRINCIPE DI STOPPANI GUIDO

MENAGGIO
APPARTAMENTO PRINCIPE DI STOPPANI GUIDO
47 mt

APPARTAMENTO CARBONI ISABELLA - IL TULIPANO

Menaggio
APPARTAMENTO CARBONI ISABELLA - IL TULIPANO
48 mt

HOTEL DU LAC - CAFFE' CENTRALE

Menaggio
HOTEL DU LAC - CAFFE' CENTRALE
64 mt

POETI E MISULTIN di Girola Paolo

Menaggio
POETI E MISULTIN di Girola Paolo
65 mt

IL TUFFATORE di Nicoletta Moroni

Menaggio
IL TUFFATORE di Nicoletta Moroni
69 mt

HOTEL GARNI CORONA

Menaggio
HOTEL GARNI CORONA
71 mt

LA PIAZZA MENAGGIO DI NORTON KENNETH JOHN

MENAGGIO
LA PIAZZA MENAGGIO DI NORTON KENNETH JOHN
83 mt

APPARTAMENTO EMILIA di RUFFINI GIANLUCA

Menaggio
APPARTAMENTO EMILIA di RUFFINI GIANLUCA
83 mt

LA PIAZZA MENAGGIO di NORTON CATRIONA

Menaggio
LA PIAZZA MENAGGIO di NORTON CATRIONA
83 mt