Nesso in Lake Como, Italy

Literally split in half by its famous gorge, Nesso is a picturesque village sitting on the banks of Lake Como. Nesso is smaller than the nearby – and more popular – Bellagio, but it’s a real heaven for those who seek peace, tranquility, and all the regenerating aspects of slow-living. Read this guide to find out the best of Nesso.

Nesso, a paradise for nature lovers

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.

Church of Santi Pietro e Paolo, Nesso
Church of Santi Pietro e Paolo (picture:

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.

Ponte della Civera, Nesso
Ponte della Civera

Nature enthusiasts and wildlife observers will enjoy some hiking on the ancient Strada Regia, a footpath that connects Como to Bellagio.

Just follow the directions from Piazza Castello and look for the Nosé, one of the two streams which gives birth to the waterfall within the gorge (the other one is called Tuf).

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Among the most interesting neighborhoods of Nesso there is Careno, once a separate municipality which currently constitutes the southern part of the village.

Careno beach in Nesso
Careno beach

Careno hosts the Church of San Martino, a Romanesque building that is located a few steps away from a cozy beach that gets full of people on summer weekends.

Map of Nesso


Population: 1258 (Jan 1, 2015)
Altitude: 300 m (984 ft)
Province: Como
Postcode: 22020
Neighboring towns: Argegno, Brienno, Caglio, Faggeto Lario, Laglio, Lezzeno, Pognana Lario, Sormano, Veleso, Zelbio
Lake Como

Lake Como

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Villa Melzi

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