Domaso is located in the so called “Alto Lago”, the most northern part of Lake Como. Domaso is an ancient town of Roman origins. The old village is located along the axis of the the Roman Regina Road. The facades of the houses are embellished with votive frescoes, stone portals and noble coats of arms. Steep lanes lead to the arcaded houses on the lake. For ages Domaso has maintained an economy based mainly on fishing before becoming an important tourist resort. Domaso is known for its beautiful beaches and the presence of constant winds, makes it a true paradise for lovers of windsurfing and other water sports. A splendid cycle-pedestrian path directly on the lake connects Domaso with the northern tip Lake Como, while to the south you can reach Gravedona.
From the Domaso’s boat dock, cross the main road and continue to the right under the splendid arcades until you arrive in Piazza Ghislanzoni. Here you enter the historical centre along the “Contrada”, the name the inhabitants of Domaso have always given to the “Antica Strada Regina,” the ancient Roman road that connected Milan and Como to the Alpine passes.
You reach Piazza della Chiesa and the San Bartolomeo church which conserves rich baroque decorations and art works (usually open). Follow Via Roma in order to arrive in Piazza Trento where the church of Sant’Antonio stands. You continue along via Roma and you arrive at the gates on the back side of Villa Camilla. Enter the small public park and then walk to the front of the villa that faces the lake.
Cross the main road and proceed to the left. You reach Piazza della Madonnina where the tourist office stands. Just past the bridge over the river Livo, on the right,there is a street that leads down to the beach. The beach of Domaso is one of the longest beaches of the lake. Here you will find many water sport facilities such as sailing and wind surfing. From here you can follow the splendid cycle-footpath that leads along the lake from Domaso to Sorico or to the south to Gravedona
We highly recommend the scenic walk from the historic centre of Domaso to the village Pozzolo (about 20 minutes on an easy muletrack). Here stands the small church of the Madonna delle Grazie from where you have a spectacular view of the lake.
Directions & Parking
By public transport
Boat tickets can be bought on-line www.navigazionelaghi.it or at the Navigazione ticket office at Menaggio
During the tourist season there are several boats per day from Menaggio to Domaso. On the way they touch Varenna, Bellano, Pianello del Lario, Dongo and Gravedona. Off season Domaso can only be reached by hydrofoil.