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Discover Menaggio

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 the perfect base to discover lake Como. 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, there is 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 historic and artistic itinerary through Menaggio will help you to discover the town. Children will enjoy the amusing puzzle tour through Menaggio.

The Tourist Office recommends the amusing puzzle tour for families who wish to discover the town in a fun and active way.
Already in the first half of the 18th century Menaggio was discovered by the first tourists, enchanted by the beauty of the landscape and the mild climate. The grand hotels and the beautiful villas date back to that period.
The town Menaggio consists in a centre and three hamlets Loveno, Nobiallo and Croce and has a total of about 3200 inhabitants. There is a circular walk which connects Menaggio with its three villages and leads you to discover their historical and artistic aspects. You will visit the sun kissed Loveno with its elegant villas such as Villa Mylius Vigoni, the rural village of Croce from where 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 and finally you will visit Nobiallo, a typical fishing village stretched along the lake under the protective eye of the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Pace with its beautiful 17th century architecture. So lots of interesting sites to explore!

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. Villa Mylius Vigoni, that stands in the sunny hamlet of Loveno, can be visited on reservation on Thursday afternoon at 14.30 (tel. 0344 361232). 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 on foot or by mountain bike you explore the trails of the Val Sanagra Park, an extended protected area near Menaggio. Sportsmen can try their climbing skill on the Via Ferrata to the top of Monte Grona.

Menaggio boasts the presence of an exclusive 18-hole golf course, founded in 1907. The Lido of Menaggio with its beautiful swimming pool and beach with a spectacular view of the lake, awaits you for a relaxing day. The village also has some public beaches with free access and several sports facilities. Menaggio is an ideal place to rent a motor boat or a kayak. Those who come with their own boat can dock at a very comfortable pier and visit the village. Children (and not only) can have fun at the minigolf located on the lakefront and at the playground located in the heart of the village. Those who want to pamper themselves can visit the new spa with an indoor pool of 20 meters.
As Menaggio is in the center of the valley it has always been an important reference point for the territory both for its services and for the fact that it is an important center for commerce. Menaggio has a wide range of elegant stores of all kinds, from branded clothing, leather goods, silk, household items and gifts. The food stores offer local products such as honey, local cheeses, oil, wine.
The numerous restaurants in the center and in the hamlets have in their menu typical and traditional dishes, both with specialties of the lake cuisine with its natural protagonist, the fish, and the cuisine of the valleys centered on polenta, game, mushrooms and cheese. The cozy bars, a bit ‘everywhere in the country, will offer moments of relaxation.