As for many other lake towns, when walking around the streets of Nesso you jump back some hundreds of years. Houses made of stone, small boutiques selling only what is necessary, and, above all, tons and tons of steps.
Nesso history goes back to the ancient Roman times, although most of its interesting historical landmarks, such as the Church of Santi Pietro e Paolo, belong to more recent times. The church was inaugurated in 1095 by Pope Urbano II, but what you see today is a reconstruction in the Baroque style of the 1600s.
After a short walk, you will reach Piazza Castello, the central part of the village. As soon as you get there, you will immediately hear the typical noise of a waterfall coming from a gorge that snakes into Lake Como. It’s the famous Nesso Gorge, locally known as Orrido di Nesso, probably one of the best natural wonders that you can find around the lake.
Enjoy a stunning view of the waterfall from Ponte della Civera, a Romanesque bridge made of stone that you can reach from Piazza Castello. Yes, you have to deal with 340 steps, but the view is worth the effort! It’s a real paradise for nature lovers. And once you’re there, you can also take the opportunity to refresh yourself with a swim in the lake.