The municipality of Pognana Lario extends partly on the shores of lake Como and partly on the slopes that rise up to Mount Preaola, the town is composed of five hamlets: Canzaga, Rovasco, Quarzano, Riva and Pognana; several tomb discoveries indicate that Pognana was already inhabited in Roman times. The name derives from the Latin Apponius, the territory was a feud of the Visconti family and then was transferred to the Gallio family under the Spanish rule.
Each hamlet gives us settlements of great interest and atmospheres of the past, thanks to the work of experts bricklayers and stonemasons. Natives of the area, they generously dealt with the construction of roads and the maintenance of churches and places of worship, the craftsmen were known and appreciated abroad. Pognana Lario was once famous for its Moltrasio stone mines. This building stone, used by the Masters of Comacini, is characterized by gray-blue streaks. Numerous images of devotion can be found in the streets of Pognana, making a trip to these places enjoyable and interesting. Today's craft activities are related to the manufacture of iron and, of course, to the tourism. It's a must to visit the Church of Saint Miro, situated in the hamlet of Rovasco. The church, built in the twelfth century, can be reached by panoramic tracks, on the inside you will see the frescoes of the Byzantine tradition depicting St. Cristofero and the Madonna with the Child.
In the hamlet of Canzaga we find the Church of Saint Rocco, frescoed in 1400 by the master Bartolomeo de Benzi; the restoration of 1965 returned to the works the new shine of colors and shapes represented. Pognana Lario is famous for its festivals. On the 16th of August (San Rocco) is the Festival of the dumplings, held at the chapel of the church of San Rocco, in June in the hamlet of Quarzano takes place the Festival of bleak, and the Sunday after Easter there is the Festival of Cakes. For information and schedules: Pro Loco Pognana Lario: Tel. 031 378 319.
Nesso has many tourist attractions, we recommend the Ravine Cascade, visible from Piazza Castello and from the Medieval Civera bridge on the shore of Lake Como, reachable from the villages of Riva and Coatesa.Nesso
Dried Shad (Agone), called Missoltini or Missultin, were at one time a precious food for inhabitants of Lake Como, the particular processing allowed them to be conserved for more than a year, excellent traditional Lake Como cuisine.Lario Cuisine
The Faggeto Lario territory is an excellent departure point for excursions on Bolettone, Pizzo dell'Asino and Palanzone mountains, to visit near the peak of Mount Palanzone the Cave Gugliemo, a cave of karst origin.Faggeto Lario