Argegno

Argegno, Lake Como

Argegno is a characteristic village, which overlooks Lake Como in the area of its major depth (around -410 meters). Its proximity to Como, Tremezzina, and other famous lake towns makes it one of the destinations more loved by tourists from all around the world.

With Lake Como in front and Val d’Intelvi behind, Argegno represents a major turning point. After walking along the characteristic narrow streets of the old town, don’t miss the chance to take in the beautiful surroundings. Read this guide to find the best things to do in Argegno.

Argegno, a place to discover

Bust of Pietro Vassena, Argegno, Italy
Bust of Pietro Vassena

As soon as you get to Argegno, you will notice how many restaurants and cafés populate such a small area. Most of them are located on the lakefront, so they offer exceptional views during your dining experience. You can enjoy a variety of Italian dishes ranging from the local lake fish (such as perch or misultin, for the more curious tastes) to the traditional pizza.

End your meal with homemade ice cream and a walk by the lake. You will come across the bust of Pietro Vassena, the engineer who, in 1948, made a memorable immersion in the waters off of Argegno on board the C3 submarine that he designed himself. He was able to touch the lake’s bottom (-410 meters), thus establishing the world record for depth.

If you keep on walking along the lakeside, you will come to the Church of Santissima Trinità, which dates back to 1632. Under the rose window, the facade shows a mosaic depicting the four Evangelists, Sant’Abbondio (the patron saint of Como), and Sant’Anna (patron saint of Argegno). The church was built at the mouth of the Telo stream, a waterway that separates Argegno in two parts. Admire the magnificent bridge which connects them!

Church of Santissima Trinità, Argegno
Church of Santissima Trinità

You might wonder what there is to do in Argegno. One of the coolest things to do is ride the Argegno Pigra cable car. It connects the two villages and takes you from 200 to 850 meters above sea level in as little as 5 minutes.

The cable car provides extraordinary views of both Lake Como and the Alpine foothills. A café awaits all who choose to visit the village of Pigra at the top.

If you move by car, Argegno is the best starting point to reach other places of interest like Monte Sighignola, at the Swiss-Italian border. You absolutely must enjoy the breathtaking view from the panoramic viewpoint called Balcone d’Italia (at 1320 meters asl), that overlooks Lake Lugano. But if you simply love walking, enjoy the Greenway del Lago di Como, an amazing stroll among narrow streets, villas, and ancient buildings.

View from Monte Sighignola
View from Monte Sighignola

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CITY INFORMATION


Population: 688 (Jan 1, 2015)
Website: www.comune.argegno.co.it
Altitude: 210 m (688 ft)
Province: Como
Postcode: 22010
Neighboring towns: Brienno, Colonno, Dizzasco, Lezzeno, Nesso, Pigra, Schignano
Lake Como

Lake Como

Villa Balbianello

Villa Balbianello

Boat trips

Boat trips

Beaches

Beaches

Greenway del Lago di Como

Greenway del Lago di Como