Tremezzina is located on the western banks of Lake Como, right in front of Bellagio, and is the result of a recent merger of the comunes of Lenno, Mezzegra, Ossuccio, and Tremezzo. People who visit this small town will have the chance to enjoy a place that is rich in atmosphere, history, and attractions. Go on reading and find the best things to do in Tremezzo and its surrounding areas.
Tremezzina, amid villas and natural beauty
As you probably know, the hamlet of Tremezzo is home to one of the most famous villas on Lake Como: Villa Carlotta. The villa shows some neoclassical features and is surrounded by a vast terraced garden, where you can spend most of your day without the risk of getting bored.
Springtime is obviously the best season to visit the villa. Enjoy the perfume and colors of azaleas, rhododendrons, and hundreds of other plants from every corner of the world. When you are tired of all this natural beauty, you can enter the villa and visit its fine art collection, which gathers valuable masterpieces by Antonio Canova, Francesco Hayez, and Bertel Thorvaldsen.
Take a walk on the lakeside of Tremezzina and enjoy a view of Bellagio. You will see before your eyes the beautiful Villa Melzi d’Eril, another perfect combination of nature and human work. With Lake Como on the front and a number of historic hotels behind, you will wonder why you had never chosen to visit a place like this before.
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If you like seeing historical sites, you will love this. The gate of Villa Belmonti, in the neighborhood of Azzano, is the place where Benito Mussolini (together with his lover Clara Petacci) was executed by the partisans. You just have to search “Benito Mussolini shot dead here” on Google Maps and start your trip in history. At the place of the execution, which actually ended Fascism, you will find a memorial cross.
The neighboring hamlet of Lenno is home to another wonderful attraction: Villa Balbianello. If you are in Tremezzina from mid-March to mid-November, don’t miss the opportunity to see it. Villa Balbianello is located on the tip of the Laveno headland, and is surrounded only by nature.
People can go there by foot (walking on a 1 km footpath which starts from Via degli Artigiani) or by a taxiboat that leaves from the Lenno beach. This famous villa is characterized by a picturesque structure and has been used as the setting for several movies, including A Month by the Lake, Casino Royale, and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
Nature lovers will love the Greenway del Lago, a pleasant 10 km walk which starts from Colonno and gets to Cadenabbia. The Greenway runs along several lake towns – partly just above the settlements, partly on the lakefront – and aims to discover Lake Como through its villas and gardens, Roman findings, and wonderful examples of architecture. Along the course through Tremezzina, look up and and you will be amazed by the Monte di Tremezzo, a 1700 m high mountain, which overlooks the city.
Ossuccio is another interesting hamlet of Tremezzina. The town hosts a Romanesque abbey that is dedicated to San Benedetto, and takes place in Val Perlana (800 m asl).
In front of Ossuccio you will also have the chance to see the Isola Comacina, which is the only island in Lake Como. This small piece of land is almost uninhabited and welcomes a lot of curious visitors in the period between March and October.