Welcome to Laglio, little village with less than a thousand of inhabitants, situated at north of Cernobbio, on the western shore of Lake Como, Laglio has become famous thanks to its latest celebrity resident, George Clooney, that has bought a villa here and often spends his holidays here.
Laglio is a charming and quiet village, stretched out along the coast, where silence, light and scents are protagonists of your walks and rides in bicycle. At the back of the village, forests spread out on the slopes of Monte Colmegnone (1383m).
Between the tiny villages of Torriggia and Careno, the lake tightens up so much that the villages on the opposite shore look so near, this point represents the deepest point of the Lario (420m). At Torriggia you can explore the cave “The bear’s hole” (Buco dell’Orso).
At the beginning of the 20th century, Laglio formed an only commune with Brienno, a medieval village worth a visit, situated only a few kilometres north of Laglio. Nearby we find another pretty village, Carate Urio, that has a remarkable layout with old houses made out of stoned caverns.
Laglio – What to see
In Laglio you can visit the 17th century church of San Giorgio, decorated with prestigious stuccoworks and friezes by Stefano Salterio (18th century). Inside there are also paintings and sculptures from the 17th century, and an altar-piece figuring the Madonna del Rosario, by Carlo Innocenzo Carloni, outside instead it is interesting the Oratorio dei Confratelli del Santissimo Sacramento, embellished with 18th century’s decorations and an altar-piece figuring the Madonna del Rosario, by Carlo Innocenzo Carloni.
In the village’s cemetery there is a curious eighteenth century pyramidal sepulchral monument, 20 meters high.
The 18th century Villa Melograno, or Fasola rises at the beginning of the village of Vergonzano, it has a big garden that goes down to lake and a corner tower decorated with arched-windows.
The cave Buco dell’Orso (the Bear’s Hole) is in the little village of Torreggia. it is famous because bones of the “Ursula Spelaeus” (the cavern bear) have been found here.
Brienno lies along the northern shore, with its network of porticos and the houses in stone, deserves a visit for its well preserved historical of medieval centre. The ancient church of the Saints Nazaro and Celso, has inside a polyptych of A. Passeri (1508) and some 16th century frescoes.
Laglio – Cuisine and Restaurants
Here listed are some good restaurants in Laglio and nearby:
Ristorante La Locanda del Cantiere
Via Vecchia Regina Teodolinda, 91 – 22010 Laglio
Tel. +39 031 401400
In the original frame of a former shipyard, recently Rebuilding and foundation, The Inn of Yard opens with its stained glass windows to the clientele of passage on Old Queen Teodolinda. The kitchen mainly Lombard and always evolving offers a good selection of pasta, meat and fish, preferring carefully selected recipes typical of the area .The always well-stocked wine cellar has to ‘about labels sempe EIGHTY -date and in line with the trends of the moment.
It has a landing place for every kind of boat or Taxi Boat.
Open from February to November at both lunch and dinner.
Osteria Vecchio Molo
Via Regina 93, Laglio
Tel. +39 031 400730
Laglio – How to get there
From the three Milanese air Terminals (Malpensa, Linate or Orio al Serio) you have to make your way to the centre of Milan (Central Station or Cadorna) and from here you have to get the train for Como. With the Malpensa Express it is preferable to get off in Saronno and then get the train of 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 Milan Central Station or the train of Ferrovie Nord from Milano Cadorna-Saronno to Como. Then bus in direction Menaggio (line C-10). Bus timetable (www.asfautolinee.it).
Laglio is less than half an hour from Como centre. From Milan you have to take the motorway A9 (Como-Chiasso), take the exit Como nord and drive along the statale Regina for approx. 15km and you arrive in Laglio.
Header photo: by Paolo Perini licensed under the Creative Commons license.