Tremezzina Lake Como
Tremezzo is a town and resort about half way down the western side of Lake Como, very typical of the towns around the lake and most visited for the Villa Carlotta and its lovely gardens.
Tremezzo and the neighbouring communes such as Mezzegra and Lenno are now officially combined together as a place called Tremezzina.
Located in the Municipality of Ossuccio, Comacina Island is the only island in the whole Lake Como. Easy to reach by boat, the island houses two suggestive churches such as both San Giovanni and Santa Eufemia one. Comacina Island has always been a strategic fortress, one of the latest Roman strongholds.
What to do in Tremezzina
Although Tremezzo it is certainly the Villa Carlotta that attracts visitors, the town itself is along the edge of lake Como and has several small points of interest so we suggest you also allow time to explore the town when you visit the villa.
Approximately 90% of Tremezzo is along the edge of Lake Como, with a very small historic area and a parish church the only sights that are not on the edge of the water, so navigation is easy and there is little chance of getting lost in the town! Villa Carlotta is at the north of the town so most visitors will start there and walk south.
The imposing building you will certainly notice at this end of Tremezzo is the Grand Hotel. This is a very luxurious hotel that includes a swimming pool built in the lake and is highly rated by guests as one of the best in the Lombardy lakes area so if you like to travel in luxury you might like to stay when your visit – see Grand Hotel Tremezzo for details, photos and bookings.
From here continue along the lake side, where you will find lots of restaurants as well as enjoying lovely views across the lake towards the mountains beyond. This is the centre of the town: there are small alleys that lead into the old village but really there is little to see apart from one or two alleys of old houses.
The next point of interest you reach is the small Church of Saint-Bartholomew. This is a small 12th century church that was rebuilt in the baroque style in the 17th century.and the decorative paintings around the altar were added in the 18th century: this is the most interesting feature of the church. A track next to the church, called the Selve di Rogaro, leads to a small village called Rogaro, and is the route to reach a medieval tower that has a panoramic view across the lake.
Further south through Tremezzo and you find a public park on a promontory in Lake Como, a very popular park and ideal for your picnic. Beyond here there is a second church, larger than the church of Saint-Bartholomew but of less historic interest.
The other part of your visit to Tremezzo is to explore Villa Carlotta, the principal reason that visitors come to the town and with perhaps the most beautiful gardens to be seen on Lake Como. Villa Carlotta is interesting for both the villa itself and for the surrounding gardens, and inside the 17th century neo-classical style villa there are numerous period furnishings including tapestries, statues and paintings.
Another must visited Villa is the fascinating Villa Balbianello. Standing in Lenno, this definitely is one of the most famous scenic elegant Villas on the whole Lake.
Built in the 18th century on the very top of Lavedo’s peninsula, it’s a real jewel surrounding by wonderful flourishing gardens. Over the last few years, the Villa has been the setting for several International movies, such as Star Wars and Casino Royale just to name a few.
5km south of Tremezzo there is the stunning small town of Ossuccio with its unusual church as well as access to a lake beach and park so we recommend you take a sroll around the village when you are passing
You quickly reach the centre of Ossuccio, where you see the Church of Santa Maria Maddelena. This church was built in the roman style in the 11th century, although the ornate belltower that dominates the view of the village was added in the 15th century and is in the gothic style. Inside the church you can see traces of medieval frescoes.
The island you can see from here, and visit by boat, is Isola Comacina. This island has been used as a setting for several films including The Pleasure Garden, the first film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. This small piece of land, almost uninhabited, hosts important traces of local history and art – such as three “artists’s homes”, built by Rationalist Pietro Lingeri in 1940 – and welcomes visitors between March and October.
Where To Stay in Tremezzina
Cernobbio offers you the best of both worlds when you visit Lake Como. It is close enough to Como town to enjoy all the attractions that it has to offer. At the same time, Cernobbio is far away enough from the bustle of Como to have a unique charm all of its own.
In general, accommodation prices are somewhat lower in Cernobbio than in Como. Furthermore, this small town has a good boat connection and is also served by Como taxis. So if you miss your ferry or bus back to Cernobbio, you will still be able to get back to your accommodation easily.
$$$: Grand Hotel Tremezzo