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The Romanesque on Lake Como

Lecco and Como
     
History, art and culture through the masterpieces of Romanesque art in the territory
Its extraordinary number of churches, convents, monasteries, abbeys and chapels, makes of the province of Lecco a territory rich in history, art, and spirituality. The Romanesque buildings, part of an evocative environment, are a testimonial to the ability of mediaeval man to express total harmony of architecture and nature, creating places of outstanding beauty.

The Romanesque theme represents a connecting thread leading visitors across the different natural contexts and landscapes of the province to the discovery of extraordinary examples of architecture and archaeology that date back to the first centuries of the Christian era.
DURATION:
3 Days
PLACE:
Lago di Como e Brianza
ADVISED PERIOD:
Summer
TYPE:
Art culture and religion
SUITABLE FOR:
For families
For single
For couples
over 65
DISPLACEMENT:
By car
On foot
By train
By boat
DAY 1
DAY 2
DAY 3
Visit the Church of San Pietro al Monte and Oratory of San Benedetto
Situated close to the top of Mount Cornizzolo, this religious complex is one of the main testimonies of Romanesque architecture in Lombardy.

Estimated time of visiting: 3h and 30min
Transfer: it’s possibile to reach it only by walling an one hour along an easy path. Comfortable shoes, appropriate clothing and water are recommended.
 
Lunch
It may be a great idea to bring along your lunch and take a break before restarting the visits.
Visit the Baptistery of San Giovanni in Oggiono
One of the main buildings of Romanesque in Lombardy, It’s one of the best preserved square plant church.

Estimated time of visiting: 1h
Transfer: by car to Oggiono (5 km)
Visit of the architectural complex of Galliano
Comprises the church of San Vincenzo and the baptistery of San Giovanni. It rapresents the main romanesque church of Brianza and on the most important in Lombardy.

Estimated time of visiting: 2h
Transfer: by car to the architectural complex of Galliano in Cantù (23 km)
 
Dinner
Enjoy your dinner in one of the typical restaurants of the area.
 
Lodging
Choose a place where to sleep that satisfies your needs.
 
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Visit of the Monastry of Santa Maria del Lavello in Calolziocorte
This complex is situated along River Adda close to Valle San Martino and It comprises by the church Virgin of Lavello, by the sanctuary and by the convent of Servi di Maria. In the past It rapresented the melting pot for people coming from Lecco, Brianza and Bergamo valleys.

Useful Information:
From March to November free guided tours every 2nd Sunday of the month fduring the “Antico Monastero” local street market

Estimated time of visiting: 2h
Visit of the San Giorgio Church
Situated along the rout of the Wayfarer’s path in a great position from where is possible to see the Eastern Lake Como. It’s the main Romanesque testimony of the Eastern Lake Como.

Estimated time of visiting: 1h and 30min
Transfer: by car (15 km) or by train to Mandello del Lario
 
Lunch
A tasty stop in one of the typical restaurant to taste the most famous dishes of the lake kitchen.
Visit of the Piona Abbey
Situated in the homonymous bay, in a suggestive position, the religious complex is managed by Cistercens that product good quality of liquors, spirits and herbal teas.

Estimated time of visiting: 3h
Transfer: by car (35 km) or by train to Colico (Village of Piona)
 
Dinner
Have dinner in one of the agritourisms of the Upper Lake Area.
 
Lodging
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Visit of the Santa Maria del Tiglio Church in Gravedona
This church, situated in a great position in the Upper Lake Como is one of the main testimonies of Romanesque in province of Como.

Estimated time of visiting: 2hr
 
Lunch
A tasty stop in one of the typical restaurant to taste the most famous dishes of the lake kitchen.
Visit of the Sant’Abbondio Church in Como
Real jewel of Romanesque art. The church was the old cathedral of the city and It rapresents a Maestri Cumacini’s masterpiece.

Estimated time of visiting: 2h
Transfer: by boat to Como 1hr and 30min
 
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