From here you can pick up the signposting for the Strada Regia. Disused and abandoned buildings like this indicate the dramatic change from agricultural to industrial employment after the last war. The downhill section was steep in parts making me thankful that I had not chosen this route in preference to the Careno option back near the start of the day. Built to last – dry stone walls from Moltrasio stone, Built to last – dry stone walls from Moltrasio stone define terraces that are still well maintained in parts. In this section, the terracing is still very evident and maintained in parts for fruit and olive trees. Also at this time of year, you may well see various types of mushroom if the ground is damp. This is the point where you keep to your left to pass in front of the baitas rather than take the more developed path that continues to climb uphill. Turn left at the signs here off Via dei Monti to end the seemingly relentless climb up towards Monte Cappon and start your descent to Nesso. The signs are so good that there is no need to give detailed directions here except when facing the ‘dilemna’ posed by two contrasting signs which you will find as you walk through the medieval ‘frazione’ of Pognana called Quarzano. The Strada Regia And the Orrido in Nesso itself will surely enchant you with its unique hearty atmosphere: a daily tour on this amazing place would totally take you back in time! This hardest section of the walk is however shaded by the woods so is manageable even in high summer. Then as you pass through either maintained or untended terraces, it is as if you are walking through history in step with the rhythm of a different age. I took the walk as far as the centre of Lezzeno, a seven kilometre stretch from Nesso but four and a half kilometres short of the Ponte. Lake Como Tourism is the commercial tourist portal of the Lake Como area. As you come back down towards the level of the main road, you pass by the ruins of Nesso castle with a view to your right of the impressive waterfalls known as the Orrido di Nesso. Firstly we take the old mule paths and cobbled streets through the centre of Nesso before crossing the main road and climbing up onto the terraces. This second option is both more interesting as a walk and less onerous even though the uphill section is not for the faint-hearted. Visit the old hamlet by travelling along the Strada Regia, on a 48 miles road from Como to Bellagio both pedestrian and suitable for cycle. Keeping on the right hand side of the church, continue as the street joins the main road to Bellagio. In fact it was with some relief that the path finally opened up into the managed terraces on the edge of Pognana offering a breathtaking and welcome view southwards down the lake. I got here as usual by C30 bus from Como – a forty minute journey. To further complicate options, you can start off the walk in Nesso by immediately taking a steep walk up by the Municipal building following the normal Strada Regia signs passing through the quarter called Vico. It once was a junction of mule tracks which connected both settlements and people. Take care when you reach a couple of baitas, one with a flagpole in the garden, to not continue to climb up the hill but to take the less well-defined path which continues in front of the buildings. Having passed by a sanctuary and then descending down to a quarry on the main road, (presumably the source of the material used in the dry stone walls) after 100 metres I turned down Via del Pero to get down to the lakefront at Careno. Moss, fallen leaves and replenished streams make Autumn a great season for walking through the woods. Walk along this road in the direction of Bellagio for about 100 metres until you come to a pedestrian crossing. View across the lake to the section of the Antica Strada Regina which is constrained to follow the main road from Brienno to Argegno due to the steepness of the mountains. The final section descends to follow mule paths and a quiet tarmacked road which runs parallel to the main road through the different medieval quarters of Lezzeno until the path finally drops down to join the main road close by the Museum of Racing Boats. The mountain community just below the summit of Monte Cappon in the string of mountains known as Monti Careno. The ‘spiaggia’ or beach at Careno, just below the Romanesque church of San Martino. Como's local English language newsletter for residents and visitors. There is no actual beach here or a bar or trattoria unlike at Careno but the boats from the Navigazione do stop here at the Imbarcadero. Required fields are marked *. As I rejoined the Via dei Monti I continued to climb upwards towards the mountain community just below the summit of Mount Cappon. Bell tower of San Martino Church, Careno with Laglio on the other side of the lake. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You should allow a good two hours but longer, if like me, you are distracted by foraging for chestnuts, walking along Lezzeno’s glorious lakefront or possibly stopping half way to eat at the Baita La Morena. 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This then gives way to a prolonged stretch of dense woods walking at this time of the year (October) over a carpet of sweet chestnut burrs, the occasional mushroom and wild cyclamen. Start of the lower level option of the Strada Regia from Nesso to Lezzeno.
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