Italian Lakes: The Greenway Walks - Part 4

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Italian Lakes: The Greenway Walks - Part 4

You will see the 18th century Palazzo Brentano, located in Bonzanigo. Crossing the small historical centre you will arrive at Palazzo Rosati, then you will reach another bridge, this time on Bolvedro is an administrative subdivision of Tremezzo.

THE LOCAL INSPIRATION FOR THE NATIVITY

Every day in the little square of the wash house at the entrance of the Medieval Hamlet Bonzanigo, which is near the church of Sant’Abbondio and Palazzo Brentano, some local artists take their inspiration from the old traditions, Inside an old manor, there are different hand-made nativities. The creators were able to represent the nativity by mixing the patient historical research with faithful miniature reproductions, alternating the traditional scenography of the classic Palestinian one with the characteristic Iarian landscape.

GRAND FINALE IN CADENABBIA

Look at the lake, you will never leave it. The last part of the Greenway runs parallel to the sparkling water of the lake, on a protected path next to the road. To begin with, you can see the Park of villa Mayer and then you can explore Tremezzo. The colonnade of the historical centre and the jetty for boats and hydrofoils are the key points before disembarking at the Grand hotel Cedenabbia. We have arrived at the jetty of Cadenabbia, the little village of Griante!!

THE THREE PERIODS OF VILLA CARLOTTA

Villa Carlotta is an outstanding 70, 000 square meters villa and it is set between the mountains and beautiful views of the peninsula of Bellagio. The building dates back to around 1690 and, during the Clerici period, the Italian style garden was created in front of the villa with stairs, balustrades, a fountain and an extraordinary pergola of agrume trees.

During the period of the entrepreneur and collector Giambattista Sommariva he bought the villa in 1795 and helped it to reach its maximum splendour. The villa became a museum which is still open to visitors with works of Canova, Hayes and Thorvaldsen, which are priceless works of art. Later, the villa was owned by the Sassonia-Meningen family who was in charge of the creation and development of the landscape garden which got an international reputation in the eighties. With its rhododendrons and more than 150 varieties of azaleas the garden has no comparison. It would be a pity not visiting the villa, leaving something incomplete in your greenway experience.

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