This antique medieval village has certainly roman origins (the village was founded by the consul Publio Cesio Archigene), it is divided in two by the mouth of the Telo stream, better known as Telo d’Argegno, and is connected by a lovely old stone bridge . Along the banks of the river, in the past, were hydraulic factories.
The old town centre of Argegno, with its stone houses very close to each other, is gathered all around Telo’s banks, instead the modern part is on the slopes the mountain, in a more sunny and panoramic area.
Argegno is located at the foot of the Valle d’Intelvi, from where you can set out on trips, taking a funicular to reach Pigra, where you can enjoy a lovely view of the lake and of all the east shore of the valley.
Argegno – What to see
Besides the enchanting medieval centre of Argegno, situated along the river bank, where we find the lovely stone bridge, besides the antique houses and old factories, the village offers the pretty Chiesa Della SS. Trinità.
Along the road for Schignano we find the 17th century Sanctuary of Sant’Anna, rich inside with stuccoworks and frescos of the century 17th and 18th century, along with superb carved furniture. At Pigra instead you can find the Oratorio of San Rocco, that dates back to the 16th century, with fresco from 1662 signed by S. Pozzi.
Argegno is located at the foot of the Valle d’Intelvi, that joins the Lario with Lake Lugano, that represents a starting point for exploration. The road for Schignano, village that organizes the oldest, most unusual and characteristic carnival of the whole lake, goes up to the Monte Generoso (1700m) that offers a vast view, from the Alps to the Padana plain.
Another route of the Valle d’Intelvi is the one that goes up the left side from Castiglione, Pigra and San Fedele d’Intelvi. Excursions on this side are possible and cover the villages of Lanno, Ponna or Pellio Intelvi, as an alternative it is possible to go down until Lugano Lake.
Argegno – Cuisine and Restaurants
Here listed are some good restaurants in Argegno and nearby.
Piazza Roma 4/8 – 22010 Argegno
Tel. +39 031 821110
Located in the heart of Argegno, simple dishes and seasonal dishes with fresh ingrediants only.
Locanda S. Anna
Via per Schignano – Localita S. Anna – 22010 Argegno
Tel. +39 031.821738
Cosy and exclusive, you can taste the seasonal cuisine of the local tradition in a very romantic atmosphere and candlelight. In summer, lunch or dinner is served outdoors, with a breathtaking view on Lake Como.
Ristorante La Griglia
Loc. Sant’Anna 1 – 22010 Argegno
The restaurant, run by Martinelli family since 1970, offers specialties from the lake and game from the valley of Intelvi.
Bar Ristorante Barchetta
Piazza Roma 2 – Argegno
Tel. +39 031 821105
Trattoria Da Emilio
Piazza della Rimembranza 8, 22010 Argegno
Tel. +39 031 821105
Rustic and friendly restaurant. Fish specialties, meat and braised donkey meat.
Argegno – How to get there
From the Milanese air Terminals of Linate, Malpensa and Orio al Serio, you should make your way to the centre of Milan and then take the train to Como. With the Malpensa Express it is preferable to get off in Saronno and then get the train of the Ferrovie Nord to Como. From Malpensa, it is also possible to get to Como by bus (line n250) in only an hour.
From the centre of Milan take the train that leaves from the central station (Ferrovie dello Stato) or the train of the Ferrovie Nord from Milano Cadorna-Saronno to Como. Once in Como, you have to take the bus in direction Menaggio (line C-10 or C-20). Bus timetable (www.asfautolinee.it).
From Milan, take the motorway A9 and then exit Como Nord, then take the road Statale Regina SS340, in direction Menaggio, for about 17 km.
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