Tremezzina

Tremezzina is one of the largest and most fascinating towns on the western branch of Lake Como.

Rich in history, art and culture, it also offers some of the most evocative sceneries of the Lake Centre: the Comacina Island, the only island on Lake Como, the wooded promontory of Dosso del Lavedo with the marvellous villa of Balbianello, the Sacred Mount of Ossuccio, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the view of the promontory of Bellagio which rises towards Monte San Primo and the mountains in the background, among which the two unmistakable peaks of Grigna and Grignetta, particularly suggestive at sunset, stand out.

The municipality of Tremezzina includes the villages of Ossuccio, Lenno, Mezzegra and Tremezzo, with their characteristic historical centres, splendid villas and gardens, Romanesque and Baroque churches and walks along the lakeside promenade.

Not to be missed: Villa Carlotta, Villa del Balbianello, Isola Comacina, the walk along the Sacred Mountain of Ossuccio, the Teresio Olivelli park and the Greenway of Lake Como, a walk which crosses entirely Tremezzina.

The name Tremezzina comes from a fishermen’s town originally called “Tramezzo” or “Framezzo”, which grew between the slopes of Mount Crocione and the ancient Roman Via Regina (then Strada Regina, designed to promote traffic between the Po Valley and the Rhine Valley.)

The importance of the village of Tremezzo and the surrounding territory was due both to its position halfway between Como (Novum Comum) and the end of the lake, once represented by the village of Samolaco (Summus Lacus), both for the extraordinary climatic condition, favored by the orientation of its coast to the south-east and the presence in the first hinterland of a mountain range that protected the coast from the cold northern winds.

The combination of these factors has allowed the agricultural development of this stretch of coast, where olive trees were cultivated, introduced by the Romans, citrus fruits, which were a source of great wealth for the families of local traders, and mulberries, used for the cultivation of silkworms.

Between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when agricultural production lost its importance, tourism flourished, with the villas of the nobility and bourgeoisie of Como and Milan and later with the construction of large hotels frequented by guests from all over the world.

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