Italian Lakes: The Greenway Walks - Part 2

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Italian Lakes: The Greenway Walks - Part 2

You need to follow the streets with steep steps, walking among humble houses, which are usually shaded. Doctors could say that these narrow streets do not correspond to the needs of a modern life, but luckily for poets, painters and artists, in general, this is a perfect condition for getting the local colour.

ROAD TO OSSUCCIO

Every part, in which the Greenways, is divided, takes about 35-40 minutes on foot. The second part takes you right to Ossuccio. Leaving behind Sala Comacina and crossing over the bridge on Premonte Valley you enter ex-municipality which is now part of Tremezzina. The temptation could be to cross Zoca de l’oli which is the bay in front of the town where the water is as smooth as oil in order to reach Isola Comacina and the ruins of the basilica of Sant’Eufemia or the church of San Giovanni. But this is another story, in the village of Spurano the name of the stop is the 10th - 12th-century church of San Giacomo and its belfry, afterwards you can go up to the sanctuary of Madonna del Soccorso. In order to descend to Isola, another village, you need to go through the town of Santa Maria Maddalena and the church of Santissimi Eufemia and Vincenzo to reach Villa Balbiano.

FROM THE BELL TOWER TO ISOLA COMACINA

The bell tower is in the foreground and the Isola Comacina is in the background, the lake is all around and the green mountains in the front: this is a photo taken millions of times, one of the most famous spots of Lake Como. We are speaking about the Romanesque Church Santa Maria Maddalena, famous for its 14th-century bell tower. With the passing of time, it became one of the symbols of the art beauties on the lake. Nature praises Isola Comacina, from Ossucio which is reachable both by taxis-boats and public boats. From the Roman period to the High Middle Ages the island covered a strategic political and economic position.

For centuries it was a fortified town connected to a series of minor fortresses and watchtowers on land. For 20 years it was the Byzantine quarter and even one of the last fortress of the Western Roman Empire. In 1169 in Como, during the ten-year war against Milan, the island was left as a heap of ruins forcing the inhabitants to seek refuge in Varenna, on the opposite bank of the lake

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