A Quiet Little Gem Hidden on the Lake
Although locals may consider Argegno a sleepy town, it is in fact a popular tourist destination.
It’s secluded location, backed by a tall-rising, majestic mountain offers superb views of Lake Como and an incredibly picturesque town. Some tourists, choose Argegno only as a passing-by town to get to ski-lifts and mountain trails nearby, or as a lunch stop for those enjoying the slow ferry ride up and down the lake.
Getting To Argegno Italy
From Milano, you can take a train to Como and then take the C10 bus to Argegno.
We actually really enjoyed walking around Argegno. It seemed less straight-forward than the other towns. There is the Telo stream which divides the town into two parts, and although a bridge usually joins the two parts together, don’t be surprised if you choose a street which doesn’t…and have to backtrack a few stairs!
For some shade on hot summer days, walk down closer to the lake and enjoy the cool breezes created by the rooftops joining houses between streets.
…And Lakeview Hotels
There are a few lovely, family-run hotels right on the lake with clean rooms and extra-friendly service. The selection is even quite good for a town of its size, and you are bound to get stellar service for choosing Argegno over the more popular towns of Como, Menaggio and the mercurial Bellagio.
The churches are indeed very memorable in Argegno, like the Sanctuary of Sant’Anna built in the seventeenth century and the even older, fifteenth century The Oratory of San Rocco in Pigra which you can get to by taking the low-cost cable car.
In Pigra, you can enjoy even more spectacular views of the lake at a height of 880 meters!
People in need of something less touristy may really enjoy the miniature town of Argegno.
Argegno is a township which has become renowned due to its location controlling the entrance to the Val d’Intelvi. It is in fact quite charming with a little river (Telo stream) that separates the town into two sections, joined by bridges on the more popular streets. To arrive here you can drive south from Menaggio and the township is the next one after Brienno. There are some interesting churches worth visiting here such as the Sanctuary of Sant’Anna. What makes Argegno also very interesting is its cable car, which goes far up onto a small town called Pigra. From here, you can get spectacular views of the lake below (at a height of over 800 meters) and visit an interesting 15th century church called The Oratory of San Rocco.
Accommodations in Argegno Italy
Hotel Argegno is a Lake Como hotel right on the lakeside. It provides modern guest rooms with satellite television as well as a great pizzeria eatery. The resort also has a snack bar as well as a personal pier by the lake. Some room even have personal balconies. There are numerous water activities which are organized with the help of the hotel staff. Modern guest rooms with satellite television and also a wonderful pizzeria eatery are just a few of its many amenities.
Eating out in Argegno
Well you are far away from glitzy Milan here, but nevertheless you can come across several nice restaurants. La Griglia is among the few eateries in Lake Como where you could taste truly home made pasta. They have several wonderful main dishes made from braised meats, bacon from the local farms and polenta (a popular local dish made from corn). Its also worth having a look at the rustic La Brea which serves equally local and French-Swiss fashion cookery. Argegno is also a great transfer point for reaching Lake Como’s only island, Isola Comacina, which houses an interesting restaurant Locanda dell’Isola Comacina featuring some of the highlights of Lake Como’s local food scene.
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