Argegno, a place to discover
Argegno is a small and 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 Como’s 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 discover the best things to do in Argegno!
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 Italian pizza. Get lost in the narrow streets of the town center!
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.
Church of Santissima Trinità
If walk 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 pointed arch testifies the Roman origin of the town’s suburb. To confirm this origin, there are also some tombstones whose inscriptions refer to the console Max Publius Caesius Archigenes, from which the name “Argegno” seems to derive.
The Roman bridge
The main church of Argegno was built at the mouth of the Telo stream, a waterway that separates the town in two parts.
A magnificent ancient bridge, dating back to Roman times, connects the two parts of Argegno and offers a characteristic glimpse of the town.
You might wonder where to find the best places near Argegno to enjoy some breathtaking views.
Well, one of the coolest things to do is ride the Argegno-Pigra cable car, which 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. Also, a café awaits all who choose to visit the village of Pigra at the top.
Hikers and trekkers, starting from the center of Pigra, in 1.30h can reach the Colonno refuge. Walk through the western coast and taste some local specialties. Remember to bring cash because they do not accept credit cards.