Easter in Lake Como, combined with the beginning of spring, is the perfect time to visit the fascinating hamlets of Tremezzina.
At just over an hour drive north of Milan, Lake Como has many things on offer and is a perfect way to spend the Easter weekend. Tremezzina is located on the lake’s western shore and benefits of an exceptionally good climate due to the south-east orientation of the coast and the mountains on the back that protect it from the cold northern winds. Click here for information on how to get here and how to get around.
The beginning of spring and the Easter weekend are the start of the tourist season in Lake Como, the gardens start to bloom and restaurants and bars open their outdoors. It’s the perfect time to wander around the charming villages, visit the stunning villas and gardens, glimpse views of the lake and surrounding mountains and enjoy the delicious food of Tremezzina.
Lake Como’s lovely waterfront villas reopen at the end of March for the 2018 season and welcome the visiting public to their magnificent gardens and private collections. Among them you can’t miss the magnificent stately Villa Carlotta, a former marquis’s mansion dating from the late 17th century that today functions as a museum and is surronded by romantic Italian gardens where you can now admire the camellias blooming; or the stunning Villa del Balbianello, located in one of the most attractive areas of the lake. In Bellagio you can stroll through the beautiful English-style gardens of Villa Melzi, enriched with sculptures, that strech out along the lake shore, while in Varenna you con visit Villa Monastero a former monastery and noble’s residence that today draws visitors to its lakeside gardens.
If you travel with kids and are on the hunt for some Easter events and fun, you can visit the villas on Easter Monday, when the botanical treasure hunt takes place at Villa Carlotta, Villa Melzi e and Villa Monastero. An opportunity to explore the Lake Como’s stunning houses and gardens while your kids have fun.
A pleasant choice is a trip to the Comacina Island, the only island of lake Como, admired for its remarkable panoramic views and the lush Mediterranean vegetation, is among the most interesting archaeological sites in northern Italy for the early Middle Ages.
You can reach the Comacina island by private taxi-boat from the medieval complex of Santa Maria Maddalena in Ossuccio or by ferry with the Lake Como Public Navigation Company (see how to get around Lake Como). Ticket office and information points at the Antiquarium Museum.
As an alternative you can take a boat (from Lenno or Tremezzo) or a ferry (from Cadenabbia) to Belleagio, the most picturesque and very popular mid-lake village, located at the fork of the “Y” shape of the lake, to Varenna, a postage-stamp-size town hugging the lake’s eastern shore or to Menaggio, a lively town with a beautiful lakeside promenade.
To celebrate Easter you can attend the Easter Service in English at the Anglican Church of the Ascension in Cadenabbia, at 10:30 am on Sunday the 1st of April. The Holy Communion Service will be followed by a drink and easter egg.
As an alternative you can take an hike to the Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine del Soccorso, located in a beautiful postion overlooking Lake Como and Trmezzina, on top of the Sacred Mountain of Ossuccio, included in 2003 in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Easter Service, in Italian, is at 10:30 am. Next to the Sanctuary you will find the cafe and restaurant Trattoria del Santuario, a rustic retreat that offers regional dishes of Lake Como area and Valtellina.
There’s no finer way to explore Tremezzina than a walk along the Lake Como Greenway, a pleasant 6 miles (10 km) long hike through Tremezzina’s charming hamlets (from Colonno to Griante), stunning villas and gardens, Romanesque and Baroque churches.
Along the path there are some good restaurants where you can enjoy delicious Easter menu, in Lenno you can find the Pizzeria Ristorante Ranch, in Mezzegra the Antica Trattoria del Risorgimento, the Ristorante Casa del Portico and the Hosteria Magnolia, in Tremezzo the Casa Aquadulza, while in Cadenabbia the restaurant La Cucina della Marianna. Have a look at each reastaurant page and book in advance to reserve your place.
If you prefer an open air pic-nic, we suggest to stop at the Dino Market, open on Easter Day from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm, to buy tasty and fresh sandwiches. For the pic-nic you can go to the Teresio Olivelli Park in Tremezzo, a beautiful lakeside park with magnificient trees, sculpted railing, a spectacular fountain and the Acqua Cheta Lounge Bar where you can have a drink or coffe in the terrace overlooking the lake, or to the Ossuccio lakeside park, a small park with centuries-old olive trees, located on the shores of Lake Como, equipped with picnic tables and benches, you ca enjoy a stunning panoramic view on the Comacina Island.
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