On the eastern shore of Lake Como, at the foot of Mount Muggio is this ancient hamlet surrounded by a dreamy landscape. A lovely promenade is the perfect place for a stroll; go down to the pier then return to the piazza for a coffee or aperitivo.
Narrow alleys meander through Bellano lined with medieval houses, eighteenth-century arches and baroque courtyards, giving the town a lot of appeal. You will find the 14th-century parish church of St Nazzario and Celsio, designed by Giovanni Campione. The church has an original Romanesque plan, with a central nave and two side aisles, while the facade is adorned with black and white marble stripes, a big rose window in glazed terra cotta, and the beautiful Gothic tabernacle with the statue of St Ambrogio. Inside you'll find a collection of art objects and furnishings from the 14th to the 16th century.
The Church of Santa Marta (15th century) is embellished with a number of works by Lombard artists, like the 16th-century “gruppo della pietà” founded by Giovanni Angelo del Milano. The old Church of St Nicolao, now deconsecrated, is used for cultural events, but still contains lovely 14th-century frescoes.
The Orrido Gorge is a riverside wonder accessed by a series of suspension footbridges. The canyon was formed over millennia by the Pioverna River that sculpted the valley floor and carved out a narrow, deep gully that runs all the way to Lake Lario.
The lakeside here is lovely and with pebble beaches and swimming spots. There are plenty of trekking trails with panoramic views, hillside sanctuaries and gorgeous landscapes to enjoy.
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