Tourism, culture, events, nature and historical point of interest. This is Cernobbio, one of the most enchanting places of the Lario. Through this simple itinerary, it is possible to discover the historical centre and the area on the lake, known as “Riva” of Cernobbio and the architectural and artistic elements located here.
Starting Point: Villa Bernasconi, Largo Campanini 2
Length (Km): Circa 4 km
Return to starting point (Yes/No): Optional
Cumulative Altitude (M): About 70 m
Cumulative Altitude Descent (M): About 52 m
Max Altitudine (M): 235 m
Min Altitudine (M): 198 m
Technical Difficulty: Easy
TIME (HH:MM) About 3 hours
Time to visit the Museum of Villa Bernasconi: about one hour
Tempo per la visita del Museo di Villa Bernasconi: un’ora circa
Accessibility: For more accessible routes, see “Camminacittà” proposals
Recommended Shoes: Comfortable shoes
Indication of public transport to reach Cernobbio
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.
By boat: From Como or the Upper Lake via @Navigazione Lago di Como. Stop “Cernobbio”.
Car Directions and parking
We recommend to park at the car park of Villa Erba.
Points of interest
Villa Bernasconi: example of Art Nouveau style architecture, it houses an interactive museum where the villa itself tells its own stories, those of the Bernasconi family and the weaving mills of the same name (www.villabernasconi.eu).
Silk Citadel: site of industrial textile archaeology, you can see the old chimneys and the buildings that once were home to industrial productions, administrative offices and residential buildings wanted mainly by the entrepreneur Davide Bernasconi.
Villa Erba: home of the famous director Luchino Visconti, it was built in the 19th century. It can be visited only on special occasions and has a wonderful centuries-old park and elegant interiors.
Risorgimento Square and the Pier: the famous “Riva” of Cernobbio, the most frequented area by tourists, hosts the liberty style pier, the war memorial and another monument dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi, as well as a fountain built during 1900.
Church of San Vincenzo: a few steps from the Riva, it was built in medieval times and renovated in 1700; it stands out for the bright colors of the facade, in Baroque style
Casa Cattaneo: built by the homonymous architect Cesare Cattaneo, it stands out from the surrounding buildings for the rationalist style that determines its structure characterized by simple and regular lines.
Oratory of S. Maria delle Grazie: located in Piazza Belinzaghi, it amazes for the beauty of the frescoes that decorate it
Villa d’Este: built as a convent in 1442, today it houses one of the most beautiful luxury hotels in the world.
Oratory of the B.V. del Carmine: situated in the area of Stimianico, once there was only a chapel, later demolished and rebuilt as it is today in 1923.
Villa Pizzo: built in the first half of the 19th century on the promontory of the same name, Villa Pizzo has been in the course of time owned by several Italian and European noble families and today is an exclusive location for private or corporate events, with a beautiful garden and a boathouse.