The pretty town of Cernobbio is nestled at the foot of the Mount Bisbino on the shores of Lake Como, only an hour drive from Milan. It make a great destination for a day trip if you want to get away from the crowds and noise of Milan and enjoy a more relaxed pace of life.
There are no notable museums, galleries or archaeological sites to rush to in Cernobbio. The town is all about soaking up la dolce vita atmosphere and enjoying the views that the Italian Lake District is famous for. Stroll along the picturesque waterfront filled with a subdued buzz of coming and going ferries, enchanted visitors and locals going on with their daily business. Lined with sleek shops, pretty cafes and inviting restaurants, the five kilometres long promenade connects the town of Como to Cernobbio. If you have some time, walk its length or hire a bike to enjoy the lake views.
Cernobbio is renowned for its opulent 19th century villas built by the European rich and nobles. Many of them are still privately owned residences, others have been turned into luxurious hotels. The elegant Villa d'Este is the most famous of them all, a favourite with jet setters who are prepared to splurge up to €1500 per night for a suite. The best way to admire the splendid villas with their impressive gardens is to take a guided boat tour on the lake.
Cernobbio has several lovely churches that are worth a visit. In the Church of San Vincenzo founded in the 12th century you can see beautiful frescoes and baptismal font dating back the Renaissance times. The small simple church Madonna delle Grazie has a beautiful Baroque door and 17th century frescoes that will take your breath away.
|Church of San Vincenzo|
For another breathtaking experience walk the trail “Via dei monti lariani” to the top of the Mount Bisbinio to admire the vistas over Lake Como. Alternatively, you can chill out in one of the waterfront cafes, sipping wine and listening to the gentle murmur of the waves caressing the shore and watching the sun go down.
Photos via Flickr by: Martin Hapl, Joe Shlabotnik, Britt-Marie Sohlström.