The Bellano Ravine is a natural gorge, formed over 15 million years by the waters of the Pioverana torrent, which dug a deep ravine between Taceno, Valsassina and Bellano. The peculiarity of the Ravine is in the chance to travel a stretch inside the ravine walking along footbridges attached to the rocks, walking in deafening meanderings which overlook dizzying cliffs.
The route is very striking, among waterfalls and natural caves, breathtaking panoramas and lush vegetation, the Sun reflects in the ravines, creating incredible rays. Legend has it that a warrior named Taino, who local imagination would have buried in the very depths of the Bellano Ravine, together with his immense treasure, guarded by an enormous stone covering the grave. The power of the waters throughout the centuries was used for working iron and in tanning hides. Today the waterfall's force is used to feed two hydro-electric plants.
Guarding the Ravine, on a crag of the Pioverana River stands the Devil's House; a curious little tower - neither the origin nor function of which is known. The tower rises up four levels as an irregular hexagon connected by a spiral staircase. It is said that licentious parties were held inside it, accompanied by Satanic rituals and evocations of evil. Its name is tied to mythological figures, among which a Satyr that decorates the façade of the towers top floor.
The Bellano Ravine is open: April - September: daily 10:00 – 13:00 and 14:30 -19:00 (July – September: even evenings 20:45 – 22:00). October – March: Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10:00 – 12:30 and 14:30 – 17:00. For more information contact the Bellano Tourism Office at (+39) 0341 810303.
The village of Varenna is articulated in a reticulum of alleys that steeply descend towards Lake Como, where the houses reflect on the water as they do in certain areas of Liguria. Varenna was already famous back then for its white-black marbles.Varenna
Various theme cruises are organized by the Lake Navigation Management, besides the normal lake navigation service, in July and August, it is possible to take a cruise on the Concordia with restaurant service.Navigation
The mountains surrounding Dervio offer plenty of opportunity to take excursions and walks, like those which lead to the Bellano and Nogara shelters, or those which climb Legnone mountain and Legnoncino mountain.Dervio