Welcome to Domaso, an old fishing town, situated only a few kilometres away from Gravedona and Dongo, that has kept the characteristics of its past history intact through out the years.
The town spreads out along the shores of Lake Como and overlooks the lake offering a glimpse of Domaso and of the two “legs”. although Vercana and Caino situated in a dominating position up the mountains behind the village offer the best view.
The hospitable and well-equipped village is caressed by a constant breeze, called “Breva”, that blows constantly in the summer and for this reason it has become a referring point for sailors and windsurfers.
The historical town centre is characterized by tight, steep alleys. Worth a special mention among the things to visit are the Church of San Bartolomeo, while on the lakefront there is the 18th century Villa Camilla.
Excursionists and sport lovers will find numerous routes and panoramic itineraries in the mountains that surround Domaso, while the nearby towns of Colico, Gera Lario, Montemezzo and Sorico deserve a visit.
Domaso – What to see
The church of San Bartolomeo dates back to at least the 13th century. Inside there are 6th century frescoes, 7th centry stuccoworks, rich baroque furniture, a 16th century procession crucifix by the engraver Lierni di Como and a altar-piece figuring a “Madonna with child and S.Peter”, by Morazzone.
Villa Camilla, built at the beginning of 17th century, is located on the lakefront. It has a neoclassic main body and the building excellently represents the structure of the patrician villas of this area. It is surrounded by a vast park of around 8000 sqm. In the garden there are 19th century artificial tuff caves and a wide variety of plants and flowers, like camellias, cedars and conifers.
Passed Domaso you arrive at the small village of Gera Lario, where you can visit the Church of San Vincenzo, with its 3rd century mosaic flooring and some 6th century frescoes. Then there is the small village of Montemezzo on the Pian di Spagna.
The last town you encounter on the north-western bank is Sorico, interesting village with nice landscapes and antique towers from where you can set out on trips to Val Chiavenna.
Domaso – Cuisine and Restaurants
Here listed are some good restaurants in Domaso and nearby:
Via Gaggio 1/bis – Fraz. Gaggio – 22013 Domas
Sited above Domaso. Lovely view. Excellence dishes. Wine production . Lunch and dinner by reservation only.
Via Regina 63 – 22013 Domaso Tel. 0344 96118
Sited in front of the Old Pier tasty lunch with a postcard view. Good wine list. Circa 140 labels from Alto Adige to Sicily. You can taste special dishes, from Fish Lake to Sea Game and also typical homemade pasta.
In summer Kktchen Open no stop from 11:30 to 22:00.
Ristorante La Contrada
Via Venini 21 – 22013 Domaso
Cucina incentrata sui sapori locali, con le portate di lago e dell’entroterra più caratteristiche e ricercate. La scelta di piatti è molto ampia e qui si possono gustare i Missoltini.
V. Venini 2 – 22013 Domaso
Tel. +39 (0)344 95184
Specialized in typical dishes of the lake, in particular it is a must Risotto with Perch fillets.
Ristorante Da Mario
Via Regina, 71 – 22013 Domaso
In a wonderful porch overlooking the harbor of Domaso, it offers typical cuisine since 1925.
Domaso – 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 (Ferrovie dello Stato that leaves from the central station line Lecco-Sondrio-Tirano, get off in Colico and then take the boat or the bus to get to Domaso; otherwise make your way to Como and then you have to take the bus in direction Menaggio (line C-10). 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. Another quick way to arrive in Domaso, is to make your way to Lecco, then take the SS36 in direction Colico, then at the end of the road follow the directions for Menaggio-Como.
Header photo: by Juri Kowski licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.