A Unique Medieval Experience
In Gravedona, one is quickly haunted by ghosts of the past with a town that has retained its medieval urban plan and a creepy church dating from the 12th century.
Gravedona may not be too far from Domaso, Lake Como’s windsurfing capital but the feel of the town is world’s apart. Even the residential houses tend to keep an ancient look about them, transporting tourists several hundred years back in time.
For others, however, Gravedona may seem like a more convenient base to get their watersports needs met than Domaso. After all, it has one of the most beautiful lakeside promenades found anywhere on the lake, great bicycle paths, sandy beaches, public tennis courts and a variety of sailing centers.
Getting To Gravedona Italy
From Milano, you can take a train to Como and then take the C10 bus to Gravedona. From Bergamo, you can take a train to Colico and then the C10 bus in the opposite direction (towards Como).
Where to Stay
There is a wide range of Gravedona hotels at one’s disposition ranging from one to three stars. For greater amenities, you may prefer renting an apartment which may turn out to be even more cost-effective.
Gravedona also has many camping sites and trailor parks scattered throughout the town. The town is especially popular with Germans.
Points of Interest
No trip to Gravedona is complete without a thourough visit to Santa Maria del Tiglio, a 12th century church which still retains its 5th century mosaic floor!
There is also the Church of San Vincenzo with a cool crypt containing inscriptions from the 6th century.
Gravedona, Italy is a small town located in the Northern region of Lake Como. But don’t let its size overlook its charm offered to potential visitors.
The town is primarily visited by Germans who love to camp out here in the summertime. It is also very popular with windsurfers from all around the world, who love to hang out here. There are many stores and clubs which cater to this young crowd who have an incredible passion for windsurfing.
You’ll definitely want to visit the creepy 12th century church Santa Maria Del Tiglio while there. It still has an original 5th century floor made in mosaics and its location by the lake adds to its grandeur. Also worth visiting is the Church of San Vincenzo which retains original markings from the 6th century!
Gravedona retains that sense of old-world charm. Upon entering this fabled down, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time 100 years. If it weren’t for all the windsurfers with their modern equipment, the experience would be 100% authentic in that sense.
Having said that, Gravedona may look like a more suitable foundation to get water sports enthusiasts’ needs met, sometimes even more so than in Domaso – the so-called “windsurfing capital” of Lake Como. In the end, it’s all about the lovely lakeside promenades, bike trails, sandy shores, and an array of other fun things to do.
Spending the Winter Months Near Gravedona Italy
In the winter months, you can go to the Madesimo skiing place in the north by automobile, using the Splugen pass. It’s about a 60-90 minutes drive from Gravedona. If you do not mind driving a bit farther, it is also possible to go to St. Moritz and its own ski slopes in Switzerland. Although it’s kept open through the wintertime, adverse weather may cause it to be shut down on several days. Smaller ski-ing resorts in the region are Valgerola and Chiesa.