Travelinformation by Rosa Maria Lamberti
Do you know Limonta on Lake Como?
Not really? I thought as much!
Everyone knows Bellagio, the so-called “Pearl of Lake Como”. But there are some rough diamonds in the “Triangolo Lariano”. You can only find them, if you drive on the winding and narrow SS 583 from Bellagio to Lecco. Who follows shortly behind Villa Melzi the signpost in the direction of Lecco reaches the small village Limonta after 10 minutes. Since 1927 Limonta belongs together with Vanessa and Onno to the municipality Oliveto Lario. The quiet, contemplative Limonta with narrow, intricate alleyways, overtopped by a conspicuously slim steeple, offers visitors a strong contrast to the turbulent village of Bellagio. Parking in Limonta is possible at the shipping pier (sign “Imbarcadero”) below the SS 583. But I would recommend to drive uphill to the village with the nested houses and to pull in at the church square.
The gorgeous view on the Lario, the town Lierna on the opposite side and the giant Grigne massif behind is really fantastic. Looking to the other side you recognize Villa Serbelloni above Bellagio. In the distance you see Varenna and the majestic mountain chains, reaching to the northern shores of Lake Como. Well amici, this splendid view is worth the short ride.
The many sided panorama has even the famous writer Tommaso Grossi, who has worked in Limonta, and his friend the author Alessandro Manzoni, very much impressed.
Finally I have a tip for the lovers of the regional (fish-) cuisine: If you drive from Limonta in the direction of Vassena you may miss by no means the trattoria “da Anna” on the left side of the street. During the after-season it is only opened on Friday and Sunday. In this original restaurant are fresh regional fish specialties served. You will be thrilled. Buon appetito!
Tanti saluti e a presto
Rosa Maria Lamberti