Local Area

Roveglio Farm

Roveglio (Bramble Farm) is a organic hillside family-run farm producing olive oil and cheese from goats and cows, a few of which are kept on the farm and others (in summer) in the high pastures. Haymaking on the steep hillside involves Antonella cutting grass by hand with a scythe.

  • Relax on the terrace, sunbathe on the loungers in the meadow garden – or make use of the barbecue.

  • Ask Antonella to show you the dairy and how she makes cheese.

  • Explore the farm with the chickens, rabbits and sometimes goats, as well as the olive terraces.


Attractions and activities in Lenno
  • Lenno Market: every Tuesday morning from 8.30-1pm locals and tourists alike come to do their shopping. It is both great fun and offers plenty of local cheese, salami and prosciutto and honey as well as fresh fruit and vegetables, clothes, bags, kitchenware …... 

  • Villa Balbienello: you can walk to this villa set in beautiful gardens on the peninsula or take a boat. 

  • Madonna del Soccorso and chapels: the UNESCO World Heritage Site is a 17th century pilgrimage route. Fourteen large chapels with lifesize tableau lead to the church at the top (with a great bar/restaurant to rear NB not open on Tuesdays).

  • Walks: Lenno is halfway along the Greenway, a well marked & sign-posted walk along old cobbled paths that connects the lakeside and uphill settlements.  The Three Monasteries Walk starts at the Acquafredda Abbey just below Revoeglio, leading uphill to the San Benedetto Herimitage and back down the other side of the Valley to Madonna del Soccorso.

  • Bathing and Boats: In addition to the private Lido di Lenno, there are two public beaches (beyond the Lido and near the ferry; at this one there is the Chiosco di Venere, selling food and drinks and renting loungers. The Lido also rents small motor boats, while in nearby Ossucio you can rent kayaks.



Food: There are two supermarkets: Dino market and Sigma. Both are on the left driving from the centre of Lenno towards Como. In nearby Mezzegra there is a wonderful breadshop (Panificio de Maria Domenico), just near the square.

Ice-cream: Fabbrica del Gelato is on Lenno square and does fabulous gelato and sorbets.

Pharmacy/banks: The pharmacy and the San Paolo bank (with cash machine) on the right as you drive towards Como.  There is another cash machine further along on the right near the Pizzeria. 

Petrol: Tamoil is also on the right, opposite Sigma supermarket. It closes over lunchtime.

Tourist information: in the main square next to the church in Lenno or in Menaggio.

  • Ferries: the landing stage for passenger ferries is between the Hotel Giorgio and the Albergo Lenno. Car ferries to Bellagio go from Cadenabbia and to Varenna from Menaggio.

  • Bus: The C10 operates a regular service along the west lake side. Tickets are bought in newspaper shops.

  • Albergo Plinio by the lake is a comfortable family restaurant with great food – it’s a good idea to book (0344-55158).

  • Trattoria Santo Stefano opposite the church is a little more refined, serving a lot of fish (0344-55434).

  • Bar Golf with a terrace is near the lake; it does great aperetivi, ice-cream and also does good pizzas. 

  • Albergo Lenno and the Hotel San Giorgio, the Pizzeria Ranch near the supermarket (does takeaways) and the Osteria opposite the post office, as well as Pizza Il Cris near the cemetery (lots of Mussolini memorabilia). 

  • Lido di Lenno is a beach, a bar and a restaurant. 

Activities around Lake Como


Depending on your interests, there’s a lot of choice ...

Explore the towns, villages and villas around the lake
  • Take a ferry to explore some of the picturesque small towns around Lake Como. The best-known ones are Bellagio, Varenna and Menaggio – but there are so many others.

  • Isola Comacina is the only island on the lake – you can walk all round it and visit its numerous archaeological sites.  It has a great restaurant too but you’d better be hungry. The ferry goes from Sala Comacina and there is a small entrance fee.

  • Visit some of the magnificent villas and gardens. Villa Balbienello in Lenno is on your doorstep but Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo combines a stunning art and sculpture collection with a sense of aristocratic life in the 19th century, set in beautiful gardens. Villa Mainona in Tremezzo contains the Lake Como Landscape Museum, Villa Melzi in Bellagio also has lovely gardens.

  • Something different – the collection of nativity scenes on display in the old farmhouse in Mezzegra near the church (on the Greenway walk).

Venture further afield
  • Visit Como with its magnificent cathedral, walls and towers, surrounded by wooded hills. And plenty of shops.

  • Take the train to Milan, the hub of northern Italy, home to La Scala and two great football teams – and a cathedral where you can walk on its marble roof.

  • This historic hill city of Bergamo is 90 minutes away – it’s new town was built in the 18th century.

  • Go into Switzerland – either the town of Lugano on Lake Lugano or drive through Chiasso to Capolago and take the funicular train up to the top of Monte Generoso.


Put on your walking shoes

There are numerous walks – walking from one town to another, or walking up to the peaks of the mountains that ring the lake. Or you can take advantages of the funiculars and roads to get at least half way up and then walk along the ridges.  The Cottage has a file with descriptions of many walks and maps.


Get wet

Personally during the summer months barely a day goes by when I don’t swim or paddle.  The fresh water of the lake is like silk.  There are a number of lidos (private swimming areas), some have pools, all have loungers, bars or restaurants. In addition to Lenno, check out Menaggio, Cadenabbia, Bellagio or Argengno. Or if you just want a quick swim, use the free public beaches to get into the lake. 

Boating and kayaking are great fun – secret tip? At the north end of the lake, just before Colico, is a little lake called the Lago di Piano, a nature reserve. Rent kayaks there and explore the whole lake.


Enjoy the Italian Food (these are some of our favourites)
  • La Cucina della Marianna, by the lake in Cadenabbia di Griante (tel. 0344-43111, www.lamarianna.com), evenings excl. Mondays and lunch on Sundays.

  • Alle Darsene di Loppia, in Bellagio on the far side of the Melzi Gardens (tel. 031-952069, www.ristorantedarsenediloppia.com)

  • Hotel Suisse, in Bellagio, opposite the passenger ferry (tel. 031-951755, www.hotelsuissebelaggio.com.)

  • Locanda la Tirlindana in the little square in Sala Comacina by the jetty for visits to Isola Comacina (0344-56637, www.ristorantetirlindana.com)

  • La Pergola, Piazza del Porto 4, Pescallo-Bellagio (031-950263, www.lapergolabellagio.it), terrace with boat mooring.

  • Antica Trattoria del Risorgimento, follow signs past the wonderful breadshop into a cobbled lane and up to the first floor of an old palace. A limited menu of very freshly prepared local produce. Telephone: 0344-41789.

  • Trattoria del Fagiano, Via Roma 54, Moltrasio (031-290000, www.trattoriadelfagiano.it), great traditional Italian cooking - no pizzas but great pasta and stews.

If you want to find an English-speaking church and community... 

We are members of the Church of the Ascension in Cadenabbia which has services at 10.30 every Sunday followed by drinks and chat.  It also often hosts concerts and is a great place to get married (www.churchonlakecomo.com).


Strada dell'Alpe 3


22106 Como




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