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Cernobbio: journey through green and adventure

The city of Cernobbio is located between lake and mountains: there are many possibilities to discover breathtaking landscapes and testimonies of the life of the past. Parks, gardens, fitness areas and mountain walks:
there are countless opportunities to fully enjoy nature and engage in healthy physical activity. Here some points of interest, destination or starting point for pleasant walks.

Route steps
  • Park of Villa Erba and former horse track: included in the network “Grandi Giardini Italiani” (Great Italian Gardens), the centuries-old park of Villa Erba is rich in various species, local and not, and developed along a pleasant walk along the lake. The ex horse track, instead, is a large green park, perfect for a moment of relax or training
  • © Photo by Denis Crippa
  • In shape at Villa Bernasconi: behind the Villa there is a quiet equipped area where you can train, away from the traffic and crowds
  • Giardino della Valle (Garden of the Valley): a beautiful botanical park created in an area once occupied by an illegal dump. Always open with free entrance, it is often the venue for cultural and artistic events that benefit from the magical atmosphere of the place
  • © Photo by Renato Cittadino
  • Rovenna and the discovery of the the old peasant civilization: from Rovenna to Moltrasio there is the “Sentee di Sort”, a characteristic path along which you can see evidence of the ancient peasant life in the area and which offers beautiful views of the lake. Suitable for adults and children, some points are overhanging and rather narrow, so it is advisable to be careful and to avoid walking it with big dogs and after rainy/snowy days
  • © Photo by Denis Crippa
  • Buco della Volpe: passing Rovenna and continuing to the Bisbino, near “Alpe Scarone”, you will find this cave with small lakes and underground streams that then head towards the lake. It is close to public and accessible only during organized speleological excursions
  • Ca’ Bossi: it represents the main fork of path 1 of the “Alta Via dei Monti Lariani”. From here, you can take a path from Rovenna to San Fedele Intelvi. About 10 hours of walking for 28 km
  • The peak of Monte Bisbino: at an altitude of 1.325 metres, the peak of Bisbino, a mountain overlooking Cernobbio, houses a Sanctuary, a small Museum and a restaurant. The walk to reach the summit will be rewarded by the wonderful view of Lake Como
  • © Photo by Anna Beretta
  • Piazzola: small area at the foot of the Bisbino, here there is an old Finance Guard barrack, operational until the 60s, which controlled the border with the Muggio valley to intercept smugglers
  • Croce dell’Uomo and “smugglers” path: panoramic point where there is a small church dedicated to Sant’Abbondio, Croce dell’Uomo is the starting point for a path that leads to Switzerland, studded with nice wooden sculptures by local sculptor Gio’ Aramini, and boards with proverbs and nursery rhymes
  • Ancient town of Olzino: this is a small village overlooking the hamlet of Piazza Santo Stefano, which, in the Middle Ages, housed a convent and was situated along a road often favoured by those who had to reach the Via Regina, because the streets of the Breggia valley were often attacked by bandits

Public Transport
  • By car
    From Milan: motorway Milano – Laghi A9, direction Como – Chiasso. Exit: “Lago di Como” (the last one in Italy before arriving in Switzerland)
    From Switzerland: motorway A2 direction Como – Milano. Exit “Lago di Como”
  • By train
    You can reach Como from Milan or Switzerland (Ferrovie Nord, Ferrovie dello Stato, Tilo) and then go to Cernobbio by bus or boat
  • By bus
    From Como or the Upper Lake (Asf), bus line ASF C10 (Como – Menaggio – Colico). Departures approximately every hour.
    From Cernobbio to Rovenna: bus C28
  • By boat
    From Como or the Upper Lake via Navigazione Lago di Como. Stop “Cernobbio”.
Car Directions and Parking

It is advisable to park at the Villa Erba parking lot to reach the city center. At the Monte Bisbino (Sanctuary area) there is a parking lot. Other parking areas, mainly for a fee, are available near the center and the other hamlets.

Information material

Brochure: Nature and adventure in Cernobbio

Map: Nature and adventure in Cernobbio

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