The town Menaggio is situated in the heart of Lake Como, on its western shore, at the beginning of a valley that connects Menaggio with lake Lugano. Its central position makes it a lively town and well connected with public transport. The heart of the town is gathered around Piazza Garibaldi surrounded by cafés and restaurants. Strolling along Menaggio’s lovely lake side promenade enjoying the stunning view of the lake surrounded by its lovely mountains is a heart warming experience. In the historical centre of Menaggio there are many interesting monuments which recall its importance throughout the ages. In Via Calvi among fashionable shops, on the facade of the church of S. Marta, the memorial plaque of Minicio Exorato, a notable of the Roman empire testifies the long history of the town. Narrow cobble stoned alleys lead up to the area called castello, the medieval part of Menaggio.
The town Menaggio consists in a centre and three hamlets Loveno, Nobiallo and Croce and has a total of about 3200 inhabitants. Already in the first half of the 18th century it was discovered by the first tourists, enchanted by the beauty of the landscape and the mild climate, the grand hotels such as the Grand Hotel Victoria and the splendid villas such as Villa Mylius Vigoni and Villa Garovaglio Ricci. The hamlet Nobiallo, built around its parish church of SS Bartolomeo and Nicolao with its characteristic Romanesque leaning bell tower of the XIII century, is crossed through by the Antica Strada Regina, an important ancient road, built by the Romans that you can now discover on foot. From Croce you can take the short walk to the superb belvedere “la Crocetta” where you find remains of the defense line of the First World War. So lots of interesting sites to explore!
Thanks to its central position, its main car and passenger ferry links and bus connections, Menaggio is an ideal starting point for all kinds of excursions: by boat you can visit the beautiful villas with their lovely gardens, by bus or car you can discover the valleys with their rural settlements and small Romanesque churches and by foot or mountain bike you explore the trails of the Val Sanagra Park, an extended protected area near Menaggio. The sportsmen can try their climbing skill on the Via Ferrata to the top of Monte Grona or on the climbing face between Menaggio and the hamlet Nobiallo. Also take a look at the special itineraries for families. Menaggio boasts an awesome 18 hole golf course founded in 1907, a sports center and a big lido with a large beach, a 25 m long swimming pool, a pool for children, restaurant and bar. The town also has a free public beach and other sport facilities. Children (and not only) can enjoy the splendid crazy golf on the lakeside promenade and the playground in the centre of the town.
Loveno is situated on the sunny south slope above Menaggio. In the small hamlet in the 18th century, artists and high society liked to stay spend the summer in its splendid villas. Among these Villa Mylius Vigoni, property of the Federal German Republic, and seat of the German-Italian cultural foundation Villa Vigoni which organizes high level meetings.The park around the villa, designed by Giuseppe Balzaretto can be visited on reservation on Thursday at 14.30 p.m. tel. 0039 0344 361232. In front on the Villa Vigoni there is Villa Garovaglia Ricci, seat of the offices of the cultural foundation Villa Vigoni. In the lower part of Loveno stand the beautiful villas Belfaggio and Bolza. The parish church SS. Lorenzo and Agnese, rebuilt between 1725 and 1738 is a noteworthy example of baroc art. Inside apart from fresco’s by Luigi Tagliaferri there is a wooden statue by Lorenzo Matieli dating of 1737
Nobiallo, 1 km north of Menaggio, is a former fishermen village, with small alley ways leading down to the lake. It is clustered around its parish church of SS Bartolomeo and Nicolao with its leaning Romanesque bell tower of the 13th century. It is crossed through by the Antica Via Regina, the once an important connection road built by the Romans that connected Como with the Alpine passes. At the end of the village stands the Santuario della Madonna della Pace” built in 1658.
Croce is the hamlet highest in elevation (393 m) and lies at the beginning of the Val Menaggio. It has a rural historic centre characterised by a typical little square of the 16 th century. On it’s slightly raised surface the rituals of the haymaking, of the harvest and the threshing took place. Along Via Wyatt and Via Pigato you can reach in 30 min. the superb belvedere “la Crocetta” where the little chapel dedicated to San Maurizio stands. In this area there are remains of trenches which were part of the great defence line called linea Cadorna of the First World War. Along Via Wyatt you can reach the famous 18 hole Menaggio Cadenabbia Golf Club, founded in 1907 by Alfredo Wyatt.
Not far from the golf course is the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Paullo from where you have a nice view on the Menaggio valley.