Rimming the northern shore of Lake Como, Gera Lario sits at the mouth of Mera River. The delightful waterfront town has a festive-looking marina where boats bob merrily in the placid water. A sparkling beach is a big summertime draw. The mountains rise up from the shore and give a dramatic backdrop to the scene.
Gera Lario was founded by the Romans. Today is has a pretty little piazza and picturesque streets with frescoes still visible on some of the buildings. There was a Roman villa where the Church of San Vincenzo now stands; second century mosaic fragments can be seen there as testimony. The Romanesque church was built in the 11th and 12th centuries in a simple, almost spartan style with pointed arches and wood ceilings. Frescoes inside date from the 16th century.
The main attraction is the outdoor activities that the area offers. Windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and other water sports are enjoyed in the warmer months, while mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking are to be had in the hills. The nearby nature reserve called the Pian di Spagna-Lago di Mezzola, is a haven for migratory birds and water fowl. Nature trails meander through the many acres where you'll also see rare riris and water lilies, natural vegetation and birdwatching points.
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