The Strada Regia - 1st Stage from Brunate to Torno

First stage of the Strada Regia from Brunate to Torno

  • Length: 6 km.
  • Difference in altitude: 430 m.
  • Duration: 2,15 hours.
  • Difficulty: T/E (Tourist - Excursion).

From Como we reach Brunate with the funicular car, and after leaving the station we follow Via Roma, where after a short stretch we turn left into Via Nidirino. The paved road ends near the sports center of Nidirino, and there at the end of the soccer field on the right the mule track to Capovico di Blevio finds its start. The path descends narrowly into the woods, and after having crossed through two valleys we reach a beautiful vantage point over Cernobbio and the mouth of the Breggia stream. At the next junction we turn left, go around a group of farmhouses and continue to descend steeply towards Capovico.

Once in Capovico we take a turn to the right for the hamlet of Sopravilla, and once there we walk the ancient alleys of Blevio where it seems as though time has permanently stopped. From Sopravilla we enter Sorto, and once we’ve past the church of the Immaculate, we cross the mule track that goes up to the Pietra Nairola, a large erratic boulder with a rectangular shape suspended over the path. From Mezzovico we reach Meggianico and the staircase that leads to Cazzanore. We go down towards the lake after a short stretch of the Provincial Road 583 with caution, and before the tunnels we turn left for the village of Perlasca. At this point, we’ve entered the territory of Torno.

Once we’ve arrived in Perlasca, we go up Via Rasina, and at the top of the cliff there is the small Cappella del Tuè where we find a beautiful viewpoint with a view of Torno, Moltrasio and the first basin of Lake Como, and just after the Chapel is where the descent to the village of Torno begins. The poet and writer Hermann Hesse was enchanted by the beauty of Torno and wrote a beautiful page on this town, placed within the book the Azzurra Lontananza published in 1911. We recommend a visit to the Church of San Giovanni where the Holy Nail is kept, one of the nails of passion of Christ and the church of Santa Tecla where we find the magnificent frescoes by Bartolomeo De Benzi. From Torno we can return to Como with the ASF C30 bus (Como - Bellagio line) or with the Lakes Navigation Authority’s boats.

Como

Como

Como is the city which gives the name to the entire lake, arriving by train to the Como Lago station, you can easily admire all of the marvels of the city going by foot. We recommend a visit to Brunate and Volta Temple.

Como

Blevio

Blevio

The town of Blevio is made up of seven hamlets, spread across the slopes of Monte Boletto to the shores of Lake Como. For centuries Blevio has been residential, as the amazing villas spread across the territory testify.

Blevio

Torno

Torno

Torno is situated upon a headland, from where it looks down over the south-western end of lake Como. Traces of pre-Roman settlements have been found in the area, as evidenced by the discovery of Massi Avelli to Piazzaga.

Torno