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Erba

Erba sits at the foot of the Lombardy Pre-Alps, on a plain of the same name

Where
P.zza Prepositurale, 1, Erba (CO)
Contacts
+39 031 615111
Official site

Erba sits at 320 metres asl, at the foot of the Lombardy Pre-Alps, on a plain of the same name.

This zone was already inhabited prior to Roman times as discovered by experts who have unearthed traces of settlements by the Orobi, Gauls, and Celts. The Via Valassina passed through Herba, the Latin name for Erba, and connected Milan with Bellagio.

Under Habsburg rule, various spinning mills were opened here, but the town was mainly popular as a holiday destination, a golden age evident by the presence of many Patrician villas where famous guests stayed, including illustrious poets and literati: Vincenzo Monti, Giuseppe Parini and Ugo Foscolo.

Erba was also frequented by the Italian royal family, because of the Eupili hippodrome, where Umberto I, Queen Margherita and the then prince Victor Emmanuel would come from Monza to ride. This hippodrome was built to fulfil the wishes of a personal friend of the king, Count Emilio Turati, on the plain where the Lambrone sports centre stands today. The most talented jockeys of the period raced here, including the legendary Federico Tesio. After the king was assassinated in Monza on 29 July 1900, the Savoy family no longer visited.

Between 1906 and 1928, Erba attained its current layout merging with the villages of Incino, Buccinigo, Arcellasco, Crevenna, Parravicino and Cassina Mariaga and the period following World War One saw the town undergo great economic and cultural growth.

In the twenties, the open-air Licinium Theatre was planned and built, a stone structure in Greek/Roman style comprising a large circular stage, flanked on both sides by a colonnade and to the front by stairs that, until midway through the fifties, thanks to performances put on by very famous Italian producers and stage designers, brought great accolade to this theatre.
Also worthy of mention is the monument commemorating all those who died in World War One which was built here between 1928 and 1931.
Again in the twenties, an airfield was built and inaugurated. Used up until 1932, it immediately became a point of reference for this area.

During World War Two, in 1944, Erba was bombed twice; the target was the German fuel depot to the south of the town, close to the railway in Sassonia, but other buildings and citizens also suffered.

The rebuilding that followed the war saw Erba the focus of expansion that turned it from a large town into a “small city".

 

Take me here: Erba

Places

Ponte Lambro

A journey in time on the banks of the lake
  • Active & Green
Ponte Lambro
2.03 km

Longone al Segrino

Strolling through time and along the lakeshore
  • Active & Green
Longone al Segrino
2.22 km

Lake Alserio

The kingdom of biodiversity close to Lake Como
  • Lakes
lago alserio montagne
2.9 km

Albavilla

Albavilla has a very ancient history and it is one of the towns on the banks of Lake Alserio.
  • Active & Green
Albavilla
2.95 km

Eupilio

A literary name was given to Eupilio, between Lake Segrino and Lake Pusiano
  • Active & Green
Eupilio
3.16 km

Merone

Paths, woods, water and fountains
  • Active & Green
Merone
3.28 km

Lake Segrino

Lake Segrino: natural biodiversity in its rich park registered as site of EU interest.
  • Lakes
Lake Segrino
3.65 km

Alserio

Alserio deep links to water go way back in history
  • Active & Green
Alserio
3.8 km

Lakes Briantei

A constellation of lakes between Lecco and Como. Several opportunities to discover their unique beauty completely immersed into nature.
  • Lakes
Lakes Briantei
3.98 km

Pusiano

A journey in time on the banks of the lake
  • Active & Green
Pusiano
4.56 km

Orsenigo

The history of the village, its villas and green landscapes
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Orsenigo
4.77 km

Albese con Cassano

In Roman times, a strategic road ran through Albese: it was called Via Regina
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Albese con Cassano
4.95 km

Rogeno

A journey in time on the banks of the lake
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Rogeno
5.03 km

Lake Pusiano

Lake Pusiano is a small glacial lake with an isle inside, characterized by old-centuries cypresses. Few minutes far from Lecco.
  • Lakes
Lake Pusiano
5.13 km

Bosisio Parini

A journey in time on the banks of the Lake Pusiano
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Bosisio Parini
5.24 km

Lambrugo

Natural oases and delightful villas
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Lambrugo
6.12 km

Il Cornizzolo and Triangolo Lariano Ridge

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cornizzolo panorama
6.56 km

Lurago d'Erba

Natural oases and delightful villas
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Lurago d'Erba
6.59 km

Lake Montorfano

A small green lake with cold water and a marvellous view of the Alps
  • Lakes
lago montorfano
7.45 km

Golf Club Lecco

Lecco Golf Club is located in one of the most beautiful areas in Brianza between of Lake Como.
  • Golf
Golf Club Lecco, Annone Brianza, Lecco
7.47 km

Activities

Como - Brunate - Torno, The Breathtaking Scenery

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Como - Brunate - Torno, The Breathtaking Scenery
10.66 km

Lake Como Adventure

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Lake Como Adventure
10.66 km

A day on Lake Como

  • Lakes
A day on Lake Como
10.82 km

The avelli's mystery, the pendula stone and the boulders

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The avelli's mystery, the pendula stone and the boulders
10.89 km

Como walking tour

  • Art & Culture
Como walking tour
10.98 km

Como Food Tour

  • Food & Wine
Como Food Tour
11.07 km

Lake Como Villas

  • Lakes
Lake Como Villas
11.28 km

E-Bike Tour Lake View, Old Hamlets & Vineyards

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E-Bike Tour Lake View, Old Hamlets & Vineyards
12.01 km

Ghisallo & Muro di Sormano

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Ghisallo & Muro di Sormano
12.01 km

Mountain Bike in "Spina Verde Park"

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Mountain Bike in "Spina Verde Park"
12.01 km

Bike & Sail to Bellagio

  • Cycle Tourism
Bike & Sail to Bellagio
12.01 km

In the footsteps of Leonardo walking along Lake Como

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In the footsteps of Leonardo walking along Lake Como
12.69 km

Brienno, The Labyrint Village!

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Brienno, The Labyrint Village!
13.02 km

Cook with us - Lake Como

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

Motorhome & campervan: sustainable rural tourism

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Motorhome & campervan: sustainable rural tourism
13.75 km

Dinner with a fisherman

  • Food & Wine
Dinner with a fisherman
13.92 km

SNOW MOBILE TOUR IN MADESIMO

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SNOW MOBILE TOUR IN MADESIMO
13.92 km

The must-see places in Lake Como: Bellagio and Varenna

  • Art & Culture
The must-see places in Lake Como: Bellagio and Varenna
13.92 km

Food And Wine Tour on Lake Como

  • Food & Wine
Food And Wine Tour on Lake Como
13.93 km

Lecco Walking Tour

  • Art & Culture
Lecco Walking Tour
13.93 km

Where to sleep

ASSOCIAZIONE OASI DI ERBA

Erba
ASSOCIAZIONE OASI DI ERBA
550 mt

APPARTAMENTO ROVERE DI BUTTI ELEONORA

erba
APPARTAMENTO ROVERE DI BUTTI ELEONORA
592 mt

B & B ERBAGATTA DI TAMILIA ALESSANDRA

Erba
B & B  ERBAGATTA DI TAMILIA ALESSANDRA
772 mt

B & B CASA_B DI BRAMBILLA GIANCARLA

Erba
B & B  CASA_B DI BRAMBILLA GIANCARLA
1.15 km

B & B BELL'ULIVO DI FILLIAT JENNIE

Ponte Lambro
B & B  BELL'ULIVO DI FILLIAT JENNIE
1.17 km

B & B IL COLIBRI' DI DAVERIO ILARIA

Erba
B & B  IL COLIBRI' DI DAVERIO ILARIA
1.54 km

B & B IL CONIGLIO SULLA LUNA

Erba
B & B  IL CONIGLIO SULLA LUNA
1.58 km

LEONARDO DA VINCI

Erba
LEONARDO DA VINCI
1.67 km

TRATTORIA LOCANDA SAN GIUSEPPE

Erba
TRATTORIA LOCANDA SAN GIUSEPPE
1.78 km

B & B IL PICCHIO

Erba
B & B  IL PICCHIO
1.94 km

B & B MENTA E LILLA'

Erba
B & B  MENTA E LILLA'
1.94 km

COME A CASA

Ome
COME A CASA
2.12 km

B & B LA QUIETE DI PARRAVICINI LUCA FILIPPO

Albavilla
B & B  LA QUIETE DI PARRAVICINI LUCA FILIPPO
2.52 km

B & B CA' MONETA DI BELLOTTI LUCIA EMILIA LETIZIA

Albavilla
B & B  CA' MONETA DI BELLOTTI LUCIA EMILIA LETIZIA
2.54 km

CASTELLO DI CASIGLIO RELAIS

Erba
CASTELLO DI CASIGLIO RELAIS
2.56 km

B & B HEIDI DI ZALTRON FIORELLA

Albavilla
B & B  HEIDI DI ZALTRON FIORELLA
2.94 km

B & B VILLA MARGOT DI CONTI MASSIMILIANO GIORGIO

Albavilla
B & B  VILLA MARGOT DI CONTI MASSIMILIANO GIORGIO
3.03 km

ALBAVILLA HOTEL & CO

Albavilla
ALBAVILLA HOTEL & CO
3.07 km

J&J HOUSE DI LEONARDI JILL

Caslino d'Erba
J&J HOUSE DI LEONARDI JILL
3.54 km

LA CAVALLINA

Monguzzo
LA CAVALLINA
4.01 km