Cernobbio, the beauty of villas and nature
Sitting at the feet of Monte Bisbino, Cernobbio is a small town located northwest of Como.
It is a popular holiday resort because of its proximity to the city of Como, 10 minutes away by car, and other popular lake towns such as Argegno and Tremezzina, all reachable by bus in respectively 20 and 35 minutes.
Cernobbio is also home to some of the most famous Lake Como villas, including the awesome Villa d’Este and Villa Erba. You can reach all these villas with a nice walk through the picturesque town of Cernobbio.
Enjoy your trip and find out the best things to do in Cernobbio during your holidays!
The history of Cernobbio dates back to the 12th century, when a small village started to arise next to a Christian cloister called Caenobium. Later, the introduction of a silk farm (owned by the rich Bernasconi family) was the reason of a major growth of the town.
When you get to Cernobbio from Como, you will come across Villa Bernasconi, the villa that was once the residence of the wealthy Bernasconi family.
Over time, the villa has become an important cultural center and one of the most sought after Lake Como wedding venues because of its typical Liberty style and its wide garden, which makes it the perfect place to hold an elegant party.
Villa Bernasconi is open to the public on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 6pm.
100 meters ahead, 3 minutes walk, Villa Erba is where the famous director and screenwriter Luchino Visconti spent many of his summers.
Villa Erba is a true masterpiece of 1800’s architecture, full of breathtaking frescos, rooms with inlaid walls, and majestic dancing halls that will let you live the atmospheres of The Leopard (Il Gattopardo).
Today, the villa still hosts many cultural and music events, in addition to weddings and international conferences or fairs. When no event is scheduled, visits are by appointment only and for groups of 10-15 people (entry is free unless you need a guided tour).
From Piazza Risorgimento you will be on the lake promenade of Cernobbio. Here, both locals and residents enjoy taking an awe-inspiring view of Lake Como.
This part of the town is locally known as Riva di Cernobbio and hosts many bars, restaurants, and even a playground for children.
After a short walk across the narrow streets of Cernobbio, 10 minutes walk from Riva di Cernobbio, you can reach the magnificent Villa d’Este, a Renaissance residence located on the shores of Lake Como.
Villa d’Este has always been a resort for politicians, intellectuals, and ecclesiastics; today the villa is a luxury hotel with room rates averaging €540 a night and hosts important international conferences (like Concorso d’Eleganza, or the Ambrosetti Forum), in addition to wealthy visitors and tourists.
Those who prefer doing some hill walking can go for the long-distance footpath called Via dei Monti Lariani.
This natural path starts in Cernobbio, at the feet of Monte Bisbino, and ends 125 km later in Sorico.
The natural path is divided into four steps and gives you the chance to spend the night within the refuges or hotels located along the path.