Opulent Villas and Famous Guests
With a population of only 700, Cadenabbia and its nearby Griante has held its feeling of exclusivity over the ages, flashing its opulent villas, lavish gardens and stunning lake views into the eyes of tourists.
Really…even royalty has dashed through the streets of Cadenabbia, people like Queen Victoria, Nicholas II of Russia and Pope Pio XI. Verdi and Stendhal also spent some time to writing their great works.
Perhaps our wealthy guests from the past, loved the seclusion and quiet offered by this town? Or, perhaps the fact that the huge mountain in the background (Grigne range) wouldn’t allow neighbours to build any more villas as space is truly limited in this small community?
Who knows! But today the visitor can enjoy walking among these beautiful gems or viewing them from a distance walking around the lakeside promenade or from a boat.
Getting To Cadenabbi
From Milano, you can take a train to Como and then take the C10 bus to Cadenabbia. Griante, although on the same route (C10), is even more secluded and just a short walk away.
You might as well add the word "Grand" to most hotels found in Cadenabbia if it doesn’t have so already. Grand Hotel Cadenabbia and the nearby Grand Hotel Tremezzo tower over the lake like giants.
But for those on a smaller budget who want to stay among the wealthy villas offered by this small town, not to worry! There is a fair share of smaller, family-run 3-star hotels scattered about the town.
In one word. Walking.
Of course, with all the perks that come with walking…sightseeing, stopping for gelatos and coffees, shopping and people watching.
British tourists will no doubt want to visit the first Anglican church in Italy (Church of the Ascension), built in the 1800s and located close to the ferry that goes to Bellagio.
Also, the little, white, 16th century San Martino church requiring a more rigorous walk is worth a visit.
Cadenabbia Italy is probably most famous for its incredibly lavish villas but there are more reasons many tourists decide to stroll through this charming, little town.
Although very tiny (you can probably walk through the whole town in under half and hour), with a population of around seven hundred, the town does offer some spectacular views not found elsewhere in Lake Como. Cadenabbia is best enjoyed by walking through its lakeside promenades, visiting the grounds of its opulent villas, or admiring the views of the villas from a boat.
The Main Roads in Lake Como – Cadenabbia Italy
A stroll through Cadenabbia is an excellent method to lose any added calories one may have gained due to the delectable Italian cuisine. The main road, Via Regina, was once an essential road for the transport of essential supplies during Roman times. It served as an important connection between the Roman empire and Alps. These days it has a pleasant adjoined pedestrian walkway in most of the important towns, including Cadenabbia.
Note: Walking from town to town can sometimes be dangerous as the walkways for pedestrians end without notice. For example, when walking from Bellano to Varenna, going through the tunnels can be quite a harrowing experience!
Pack some great sandwiches and wander some or most of the 10.5 km of the Greenway Del Lago di Como, that stretched from Colonno to Cadenabbia. There are lots of campgrounds in the northern region of Lake Como, thus take along your tents and camping gear to cut back prices spent on accommodations, if this is something that interests you.
Other Points of Interest in Cadenabbia
There is a wonderful Anglican church (Church of the Ascension) worth visiting in Cadenabbia, since it was the first Anglican church to be ever built in Italy. Also worth visiting is the 16th century San Martino church, although it requires a bit of walk from the centre of town.