For most visitors to Lake Como, Tremezzo is a short stretch of lakeside that’s primarily a place for visitors to stay – a base from which it’s very easy to explore the mid-lake ([post=36], [post=33] and [post=37]); the Alto Lario (northern end), and [post=62]. Its tourist activities date back to the time of the nineteenth century ‘Grand Tour’ and this aristocratic background is evident in accommodation such as the Grand Hotel, where dinner for one will set you back more than sixty Euros. The building adorns the lake side with large orange sunshades below a white facade with balconied windows. Built in 1910 in the Italian Liberty style, it still keeps itself up to date – recent improvements include a ‘pool in the lake’ and new spa facilities.

However, Tremezzo is also the location of what is probably the most popular tourist attraction on the Lake – the [post=119]; the only historic villa on the Lake with ticketed public access. It’s a fine neo-classical building, on steeply tiered land, with a striking arrangement of return stairways at the entrance and sculptures by Canova and others inside. The villa also has outstanding gardens, famous for the colourful rhododendrons and azaleas that bloom in spring.

There is another, perhaps grander, house further south on the lakeside of Tremezzo. But it’s privately owned and not open to the public. It’s the Villa La Quiete, a handsome building with a high central body and two lower wings. But the real eye catcher is the extremely beautifully patterned formal Italian garden in front of the building, which you can see, through the gates, from a pedestrian path outside them (part of the Greenway). It also has a dramatic set of stairs leading down from the path to the water (or vice versa).

Nearby is the privately owned Villa Carlia, distinguished by a long staircase connecting it to the road. Also close is S Lorenzo, a handsome church with frescoes: and the visual attractions of this end of Tremezzo are completed by a public park next to the Lake and the Villa Amila, built in the ‘rationalist’ style more commonly found in public buildings.

There is more to Tremezzo than its traditional lakeside accommodation. A distinctive sight away from the water’s edge is the statue of the black Madonna. It was brought to Italy by the Swiss Catholic Aschler family and can now be seen in The Church of Santa Maria. But it wasn’t the only thing they brought. They also came with asparagus shoots, which were so welcome that they are still celebrated each spring in Asparagus Festivals in the old town. Visitors, however, may struggle to get excited about this tradition.

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