Ossuccio sits on the shores of Lake Como, its pretty pastel houses reflecting on the water. Colorful boats bob placidly with a dramatic backdrop of rugged mountains. The hills rise behind the town, quickly ascending into the high reaches of the mountains. The compact center, which has origins dating back to the Romans, is home to about 950 people. Fresh fish from the lake features heavily in the local cuisine. The classy town of Como is nearby. Ossuccio faces the petite island of Comacina, the only isle in Lake Como.
There are several restaurants, a handful of coffee bars and food shops in the village. Neighboring towns include Lenno and Mezzegra, which offer more services, as well. Ferries for Bellagio depart from Cadenabbia, just up the road.
In town, the Romanesque church of Santa Maria Maddalena features an unusual slender bell tower with a burgeoning belfry on top. The 12th century church of San Giacomo houses ancient frescoes. Ossuccio enjoys both worlds - the lakefront and the natural beauty of the mountains.
The town is most known for its UNESCO Heritage Site, the Sacro Monte. Trails connect the cluster of mountain chapels and sanctuaries scattered around the surrounding area. It was named a heritage site for its spiritual significance and the way it integrated Renaissance and alpine architecture into the natural surroundings of lakes, hills and forests. There are artistic treasures displayed throughout, and it has been a place of pilgrimage since the 1600s.
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